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PLANT PROFILE

About Eli Lilly
The company was founded in 1876 by Colonel Eli Lilly, a man committed to creating
high-quality medicines that met real needs in an era of unreliable elixirs peddled by
questionable characters. He led the company with a simple mantra: "Take what you
find here and make it better and better."
More than 140 years later, the global company's 41,000 employees remain
committed to his vision through every aspect of business and the people it serves,
including end users and healthcare professionals. More than 9,000 employees work
on research and development with clinical research conducted in more than 55
countries. There are manufacturing plants in 13 countries. Indianapolis is the global
headquarters with nearly 11,500 employees.

gets hurt," Wenzel said. "This is a big
responsibility."
However, it's the human element
of this responsibility that inspires an
exceptional level of quality.

Team, tools, training
Above. The Indianapolis Eli Lilly facility
has more than 600,000 assets that
must be maintained by its experienced
engineering-services team.
Below. The precision and accuracy of
the facility's manufacturing equipment
contributes to its product excellence.

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MAINTENANCE TECHNOLOGY

Wayne Overbey, P.E., is the manager
of the Maintenance-Manufacturing
Engineering Services department. He
said his team of seven maintenance
technicians uses three primary
technologies every day to keep the
machines running-vibration analysis,
oil analysis, and infrared technology.
With a focus on condition-based
monitoring, each team member has
an area of responsibility to collect and
analyze vibration data. In addition to
the vibration data collector, each team
member carries a small infrared camera
to make heat-signature images used to
diagnose and troubleshoot rotatingequipment problems.
The team also uses a digital microscope that can zoom to 3500X magnification. This helps them look closely at a
bearing race, cage, and rolling elements
and see what caused a failure, whether
structural, corrosion-based, or failed
lubrication. In addition, the group has
an oil laboratory that can analyze oil
and grease.
The team performs more than 7,000
measurements on more than 4,000
rotating/reciprocating machines and
performs vibration analysis on those
machines monthly, Wenzel stated. The
level of qualified individuals is high.
"Anything that is process related, we
have the equipment to look at it and
analyze it," she said. "We have people

with ISO 18436-2 Cat 2 and Cat 3
verifications and even one expert with
an ISO18436-2 Cat 4 certification,
and there are fewer than 100 people
globally with that level of certification.
These guys are experienced, high-level
certified professionals."
The maintenance team increased its
level of performance more than five
years ago when it made the strategic
decision to outsource the facilities
(buildings and grounds) portion of
maintenance. With about 220 maintenance professionals companywide at
the Indianapolis facility, this allowed
the team to focus more on production
and analysis rather than the facilities,
Overbey said.
The team has sophisticated datacollection routes set up as PMs and
also focuses heavily on maintenance
training.
"We have a difficult time finding
people interested in maintenance,"
Overbey said. "We have a strategic
program to train people that takes 18
months to 2 years. When I was growing
up, being an electrician or mechanic
was a fine career, but now the attitude is
that you have to have a college degree to
be successful. Most of our crafts people
here make more than the average
liberal-arts major. As we cycle out the
baby boomer work force, we need to
find new talent and close the gap."
Wenzel agreed that finding qualified
crafts people has been a focus that has
helped Eli Lilly in its drive for reliability.
"Wayne saw the need and developed
an excellent program," she said.
"Management is supportive. He is
training them and then sending them
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