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feature | solution focus
Left. This view of a portion of one of the engine
rooms provides a sense of the number of assets
that must be monitored in Americold's 183 global
facilities.

Results transparency is a key component
and each employee is able to see where and
how they affect our business through Maintenance Excellence. The weekly One Pagers
at the facility level are rolled up to the district
level and, from there, to the regional level.
This information roll up and cascading down
allows each level within the organization to
actively participate in the ownership and
improvement of maintenance excellence
through standard business-review meetings.
Having everyone engaged from the CEO to
front-line operators provides visibility and
ownership for our reliability journey.
The dashboards are part of the Maintenance
Excellence Playbook. Having a playbook
further enables the teams to understand the
issues, highlight where support is needed, and
provide levers to pull to close the gaps, as well
as excel. As we grow externally through acquisitions or internally through new builds, the
playbook is deployed to the new teams and
facilitates early adoption of the AOS culture.

ACQUIRING DATA
As the story goes, good data in means being
able to pull good data out. For the Maintenance Excellence data required to build out
our KPIs (key performance indicators) and
KBIs (key business indicators), we use SAP.
Consolidating the data into a minimum number of platforms provides easy assimilation
and reporting.
For our Energy Excellence performance
data, we use real-time energy-monitoring data
from our utility, Cascade Energy, as well as
Schneider Electric's (se.com) energy-tracking
solutions. KAI (key activity indicators) data
is derived from SAP reporting and augmented with in-house solutions (SharePoint and
readily available/editable apps).
Refrigeration systems are what provide

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The Maintenance One Pager drives daily and weekly meetings and allows any team member
at any facility to monitor critical performance metrics.

the cold for our temperature-controlled
warehouses. These systems are high energy
users if not closely monitored and proactively
managed. Americold uses integrated refrigeration-control systems and our highly skilled
in-house refrigeration personnel to monitor
pressure, temperature, vessel levels, peak
demand, wet bulb, and kWh consumption.
The condition-monitoring side of our system
primarily involves oil analysis, vibration, thermography, and ultrasonic.
Data from the control systems is not what
separates Americold from others. It's the
power of 13,000 associates working together
to be great stewards of energy. In fact, Americold is ranked #1 in the world on the list of
cold-storage companies for Energy Excellence
by the Global Cold Chain Alliance. This is
accomplished through superior energy-management programs driven by highly engaged

energy teams. These practices have delivered
8.2% reduction in energy intensity (kWh/
catch weight) compared to our 2011 baseline,
and reduced kilowatt-hour consumption by
9.8MM YOY (2018 to 2019). EP
Keith Ruprecht is Director Maintenance
Reliability at Americold Realty Trust, Atlanta
(americold.com). He has been responsible for
developing the Maintenance Excellence element
of the Americold Operating System. Previously,
he served as Manager Operational Excellence
Asset Management for Coca-Cola North
America.
Brian Dunn is Vice President of Facility
Maintenance & Energy at Americold. He directs
strategic development of the company's Maintenance and Energy Excellence programs. Prior to
joining Americold, he was Director of Reliability
Maintenance for Kellogg Co.
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