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The University of Tennessee College of Engineering’s Maintenance and Reliability Center will host the 2005 Maintenance and Reliability Conference Tuesday through Friday, May 3-6, at the Airport Hilton Hotel.

MARCON, now in its 9th year, is a forum for practitioners, specialists, educators, students and those new to the field to exchange information on new technologies and proven techniques.

The conference offers formal paper presentations, panel discussions and information exchanges as well as informal networking.

Two pre-conference workshops will take place Tuesday, May 3. The conference will open May 4 with a keynote address from Mike Harding, vice president of operations for Anheuser-Busch, at 8:30 a.m.

Harding directs day-to-day manufacturing and labor relations activities in 12 breweries. He oversees more than 10,000 brewery and corporate employees and supervises plant infrastructure and operations.

He will discuss the important role that maintenance and reliability plays in the efficient manufacturing structure.

Featured presenter for the 10 a.m. May 5session is Terry O’Hanlon of Reliabilityweb.com. In addition to maintaining the website, O’Hanlon is co-publisher of Reliability magazine and is a contributing editor for Maintenance Technology magazine.

Individual workshops will be led by noted maintenance and reliability practitioners from around the world. Participating organizations include Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), ABS Consulting, Eastman Chemical Company, Wyle Laboratories and Emerson Process Management.

The academic contingent will include presenters for UT, the University of Alabama and the Democritus University in Greece.

For more information on MARCON 2005, visit http://www.engr.utk.edu/coe/news_MARCON05.htm.