Jim Brown, the business center maintenance manager for the Tire Assembly Division of Goodyear will present a case study at the Lubrication Excellence 2011 conference, part of Noria’s Reliable Plant 2011 Conference in Columbus, OH on April 19-21, 2011.

The Tire Assembly Business Center of the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company plant in Fayetteville, NC was selected to pilot a Lubrication Excellence program. The advantages of a relatively clean environment, newer machines and seemingly easy accessibility of lubrication points were quickly overshadowed by multiple difficulties. There was very little lubrication related technical information available. The training of the associates was not at the desired level. There was not a well-defined way to store and handle lubricants. While the organizational culture was favorable to a Lubrication Excellence Program, they were unknowledgeable on the essential requirements. In this case study you’ll learn what this program has achieved, what it took to get there and its plans for the future.

Jim Brown has worked for more than 30 years at the Fayetteville, N.C., plant of Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company. He started his career as a production worker building tires (1976) and has since held the following positions: skilled trades apprentice, electrician/instrument repair technician, production area manager (supervisor), maintenance area manager, PM manager, maintenance specialist (Tire Assembly Division), plant facilities maintenance manager, business center manager (department manager) for raw materials and mixing area, and business center manager for curing and final finish. He retired from Goodyear 2006, but returned in 2008 to manage the maintenance department in Tire Assembly.

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