The new Honorary President has set out his agenda for developing the Association of Electrical and Mechanical Trades (AEMT) so that it adapts to the changing needs of its members and the markets they serve.
In his forthcoming term of office as President, Dave Hawley, Northern European Regional Sales Manager for Motors and Generators, says that the overall objective will be that the AEMT becomes a natural thought-leader for its industry, and that this will be achieved through a number of different channels.
“For instance, the industry needs to develop digital services that support real time condition-based maintenance,” he says. “To this end, the AEMT must help members understand the vast range of cloud-based digital tools now available and how these can add real value for their customers.”
A key service offered by AEMT members is electric motor repairs. Mr. Hawley says these must be of definable high quality and meet emerging expectations in terms of standards and energy efficiency ratings. “We need to ensure we offer high quality services and products that add perceptible value.”
He explains the logic: as operators of plant and machinery, our customers’ principal concerns include production uptime and equipment availability, operational capital cost, and whole life costs. AEMT members must fully appreciate these issues so that they can offer the most appropriate support.”
In saying this Mr. Hawley draws a parallel with his own position. His role as an employee of the world’s largest motor manufacturer may seem slightly at odds with the function of a repairers’ association. However, he explains that ABB takes a holistic approach that embraces service, repair and support as well as manufacture.
“Our association always needs to be aware of the real needs of our members’ customers,” he says.
He acknowledges the strong position the AEMT currently occupies. Global membership continues to rise. Participation in its Ex training courses is consistently high, educating and certifying engineers and technicians worldwide. The association is in a solid financial position, thanks to the stewardship of Thomas Marks and the secretariat.
He urges members to actively support the AEMT, offering views, suggestions and participating in the planning process.
“I want members to be involved – attending regional meetings, AGMs, conferences and our wonderful annual awards night. This way they can offer personal perspectives and help define the strategic direction of the association.”
Picture 2: AEMT Secretary Thomas Marks and the New Honorary President Dave Hawley.
About the AEMT
The Association of Electrical and Mechanical Trades (AEMT) was founded in 1945. It is an International Association representing leading companies in the electrical and mechanical service and repair industry. Members manufacture, distribute, install, service, maintain, and repair, electric motors, drives, pumps, fans, gearboxes, generators, transformers, switchgear, and ancillary equipment. In addition to motor and pump service facilities, most members operate mechanical engineering workshops for metal fabrication and the repair and refurbishment of worn components. Others include panel building facilities and some carry out repairs to industrial electronic equipment. Associate Members are companies that supply products and services to Members.
Proceeding the publication of AEMT’s and BEAMA’s jointly produced first code of practice for The Repair and Overhaul of Electrical Equipment for use in Potentially Explosive Atmospheres, which was adopted as the initial IEC 60079-19 international standard. The association has put together a selection of Training modules covering the Theory and Practical nature to ATEX and IECEx equipment repair. The modules are delivered as accredited training courses by expert teams across the globe.
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