The Association of Carriers and Equipment Lessors (ACEL) conducted two highly successful technical seminars during the third staging of Philconstruct VX that was held online on July 21-27, 2021.
These seminars, called “technoforums,” have been regular features of Philsconstruct, an annual expo series organized by the Philippine Contractors Association (PCA), with ACEL as co-organizer. Dedicated to the country’s construction industry, this yearly series usually starts with a Luzon leg, followed by stops in Cebu and Davao, and then culminates in a grand expo in Metro Manila which is attended by the construction industry’s movers and shakers. The Metro Manila event also gathers hundreds of leading suppliers who showcase their latest products and services as well as thousands of trade buyers and construction industry players who want to be updated on the newest technologies and breakthroughs.
However, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, PCA, beginning last year, decided to hold the event online, dubbing it as “Philconstruct VX” to highlight its being an online gathering. In March this year, a second online version was held, thus, making last month’s event the “3rdPhilconstruct VX.”
For this third staging, ACEL offered two technoforums. The first one focused on cargo securement and was titled “Tie Down and Load Securement.” Held on July 23, from 10:15 AM to 12 NN, it was conducted by Clemente Rey A, Dorosan, regional sales manager and product trainer for Asia-Pacific countries of the Crosby Group. Moderated by Justo F. Manalo Jr., ACEL second vice presidentandJ.E. Manalo & Co. Inc. vice president for plant andequipment, this session was attended by 126 participants.
Dorosan, who has 14 years’ experience in the lifting and rigging sector, helped the participants understand cargo control products and cargo factors so they could properly secure cargo equipment and, thus, prevent possible cargo shifting damage, protect the driver, the company and the public, as well as comply with regulations.
ACEL’s second technoforum, which was held in the afternoon of the same day, dealt with equipment maintenance management. It was conducted by Efraim Kenneth M. Perez, a senior machine applications and site performance engineer of Monark Equipment Corporation. Moderated by Francis Frederic H. Cruz, an ACEL directorand Frey-fil Corporation chairman, the session attracted 137 attendees. Aptly titled “Fleet Management Seminar,” the technoforum focused on maintenance management and discussed evolving telematics tools and systems for recording, monitoring and managing the entire fleet. Perez, a mechanical engineer with over 10 years experience working with heavy equipment, specializing in machine applications and site performance evaluation, explained that these new tools and systems can significantly help end-users in assessing their current practices. He added that fleet managers should also learn how to improve their maintenance and repair processes with a proactive maintenance strategy.