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The Evolution of Maintenance in the Agriculture Industry

Presenter: Dennis Heinzlmeir
Co-Founder, Keystone Learning Collective
Over the past century, the farming industry has undergone remarkable transformations. From the humble tools used by the presenter’s great-grandparents to today’s cutting-edge technology, the landscape of agriculture has shifted dramatically. Our presenter, with over 40 years of experience in engineering and maintenance, brings a unique perspective. Having grown up on an Alberta family farm, he witnessed firsthand the evolution of farming practices. Now settled on his own small farm in a vibrant community east of Edmonton, the presenter engages in conversations with neighboring farmers. These discussions revolve around the latest technological advancements, including precision agriculture, Internet of Things (IoT), agricultural drones, robotics, autonomous tractors, and data analytics. The value of modern equipment is staggering; a single tractor can cost more than $1.3 million. His presentation will delve into the challenges and opportunities posed by this technology evolution. He will explore what it takes to maintain these high-value assets, ensuring their longevity and optimal performance. Moreover, the agriculture industry’s commitment to sustainability, carbon neutrality, and environmental stewardship will be examined, considering the constraints faced in today’s world. Proper maintenance practices are essential to any industry, making this topic crucial for anyone attending the MainTrain Conference. The evolution of agriculture and its impact on maintenance is captivating, especially considering our shared reliance on food. Participants will get a firsthand look at modern agriculture that empowers farmers to overcome challenges, maximize efficiency, and ensure sustainable food production
About the Presenter:

Dennis Heinzlmeir, P.Eng., is a seasoned maintenance and turnaround professional, boasts over 35 years of experience in the maintenance, engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) industry. His extensive business background encompasses all facets of maintenance, turnarounds, asset management, reliability, engineering, procurement, quality management, and lean execution principles and techniques. As the current President of the PEMAC Alberta Chapter, Dennis plays a pivotal role in advancing the field. Notably, Dennis is authorized by PEMAC to teach seven out of the eight modules in the MMP program and Course 4 of the AMP program. His commitment to education extends beyond these programs, as he co-founded Keystone Learning Collective Inc., an organization dedicated to empowering individuals on their journey to personal and professional excellence.