Date: 7th and 8th of June 2018
Location: Miraikan (The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation)
2-3-6 Aomi, Koto-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Sponsors: Fujikin, JGC, KITZ
Supporters: High Pressure Institute of Japan, Japan Institute of Plant Maintenance, Japan Society of Corrosion Engineering, Japan Valve Manufactures' Association, The Japan Petroleum Institute
Exhibitors: Asahi Yukizai Corporation, DOI Seisakusho / Seas For Life Industries, Emerson Japan Ltd., Fujikin Incorporated, Ichinose Co., Ltd.,JGC Corporation, KCI Publishing, Keisoku Engineering System Co. Ltd., KITZ Corporation, NDT Global, NHK Spring, P & D Japan Ltd., Saporiti srl, Toa Valve Engineering Inc.
The MAP Japan Conference attracted 152 delegates and speakers from various fields of expertise, bringing together high-level executives, government representatives, academics, engineers, inspectors, EPC contractors and insurance brokers. The issue of aging industrial facilities is a global one, but approaches to tackling it vary from country to country. While this event had been primarily targeted at Japanese plant operators and maintenance providers, presenters and attendees included industry specialists from elsewhere in Asia as well as from Europe, to provide a global perspective on the issue. All presentations were simultaneously translated from Japanese to English or from English to Japanese, allowing the international audience to fully benefit from the entire programme.
Divided into general sessions and subject-specific workshops, the conference featured 31 speakers who covered a wide variety of topics related to the management of aging chemical, petrochemical, refinery and gas facilities.
Mr. Junji Iwase, Director and Senior Vice President, Division Manager – Refining and Manufacturing, JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy gave the opening presentation about the managing aging oil refining facilities in Japan. Then Mr. Masakazu Takahashi from Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry presented from the point of the Japanese regulatory body perspective followed by Mr Neil Henry, ABB limited from UK, informing the evaluating aging equipment effectively.
As the conference progressed, technical presentations and case studies came to the fore, allowing delegates to gain invaluable insights into real-world problems and solutions. Risk-based inspection, condition monitoring, shutdown maintenance, non-destructive testing, corrosion, materials selection and degradation issues all featured prominently in the programme. Safety, insurance, the internet of things and other technological advances also received considerable attention, making the list of topics discussed truly exhaustive, covering all aspects of plant maintenance.
Exhibition and Networking
The conference was accompanied by an exhibition. Adjacent to the lecture rooms and leading to the catering area, the exhibition space afforded a perfect setting for networking which kept delegates busy throughout the event. A well-attended networking reception at the end of the first day extended the opportunity to make new acquaintances and exchange business cards, while at the same time offering an informal dining atmosphere.