The winner of the 2018 Emerson “Reliability Program of the Year” Award was Detour Gold mining, one of the largest gold mines in Canada. The mine in Ontario operates 24/7/365 and had a throughput increase of 30%. The finalists represented three very good programs. The other two were Bayer (previously Monsanto, Muscatine-Iowa facility) and Sadara refinery (Saudi Aramco and Dow Chemical Alliance) all with different, yet impressive accomplishments. But the winner demonstrated the best operational journey (from the ground up) with data. The award was established in 1989 to recognize the best reliability and maintenance practices globally.
The judges were Klaus Blache – Director of the Reliability & Maintainability Center and Research Professor, University of Tennessee College of Engineering, Paula Hollywood – Senior Analyst, ARC Advisory Group, Ghaith Alghamdi – Lead Engineer, Asset Maintenance, Saudi Aramco Shell Refinery Co. (SASREF) and 2017 winner, and Howard Penrose – President, MotorDoc, LLC (and current SMRP Chairman).