At the beginning of February, we held our main maintenance congress in Finland after a four-year break.
The number of participants in the congress remained the same, but a lot changed during the four years. Especially in terms of service companies. New companies have joined, and at the same time, some of the old companies have disappeared. The themes of the congress were maintenance-oriented, but over the course of four years, responsibility and sustainable development have been included with a firm emphasis.
Recently, there has been much talk about the ChatGPT open chatbot (published by OpenAI, openai.com), so I thought I'd try what the AI application answers to the question "What is responsibility in maintenance."
"Responsibility in maintenance is important, as it helps to reduce the risks of equipment and objects failing, improve their reliability, and ensure their continuous operation. It also helps avoid repair costs and possible environmental impacts resulting from equipment failure. Responsible maintenance is also an important part of environmentally responsible and sustainable management, and it promotes the sustainable use of the object or device."
The answer follows the same lines as the answers from our congress participants to our pre-congress survey. I'm not sure what conclusion can be drawn from this, but we will probably come back to the topic often when it comes to the utilization of AI applications.
Anyway, I personally think that responsibility has always been part of maintenance DNA – how to get the most out of the machinery, tools, and materials during the whole life cycle.
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I also want to remind you of the EMAM Survey, launched at the end of 2022. The results of this survey will be reported during EuroMaintenance 2023. Persons answering the survey will get the survey report after the EuroMaintenance event.
The link to the study can be found on the EFNMS webpage: https://www.efnms.eu/
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