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In 2014, the Centre for Maintenance Optimization and Reliability Engineering (C-MORE) celebrated its 20th anniversary. The Centre was founded in 1994 at the University of Toronto by Professor Andrew Jardine, with the help of the Manufacturing Research Corporation of Ontario (MRCO). Its goal was to advance Professor Jardine’s groundbreaking theoretical work on condition-based maintenance (CBM) optimization. His vision included a dedicated research centre involving industry, faculty, researchers, and graduate students. The driving idea behind the initial Consortium, which evolved into the Centre for Maintenance Optimization and Reliability Engineering (C-MORE) in 2007, was the need to develop a mathematical model to arrive at equipment replacement decision indicators that were more accurate than those derived by relying either on the age of equipment or its current condition. Professor Jardine approached MRCO, working with Joe Brennan to get the financial support of NSERC and find industry partners. The idea immediately took off; MRCO and NSERC came on board, along with a number of industry partners.
At the inaugural meeting on December 1, 1994, industry was represented by new partners Alcoa, American Barrick, Molson Breweries, Dofasco Inc., Oliver Interactive Inc., and Wear Check Canada Inc. For its part, the CBM lab had opened for business with three researchers working under Professor Jardine: Dragan Banjevic, Project Director, Marguerite Ennis, Statistician, and Dusan Braticevic, Research Programmer. In addition to Professor Viliam Makis, another main member of the team, there were seven graduate students and an administrator. They never looked back. By 1998, the lab had produced its EXAKT software, now commercially available; the software indicates the optimal time to renew, repair, or replace equipment subject to condition monitoring.
For 20 years, the CBM lab / C-MORE expanded and evolved, using combined industry and NSERC funding to perform valuable research in asset management in condition-based maintenance, spares management, maintenance and repair contracts, and failure-finding intervals for protective devices. Making smart management decisions is key to an industry’s financial success. Simply stated, C-MORE’s goal in working with some of the world’s leading asset-intensive industries such as utilities, mining, and the military is to take advantage of their existing data to make good evidence-based management decisions. More recent Consortium members who have funded the Centre and profited from its research include ENMAX, Greater Toronto Airports Authority, Hydro One, Manitoba Hydro, Ministry of Defence UK, Ontario Clean Water Agency, Ontario Power Generation, Teck Resources, and Toronto Hydro.