Asset Reliability Practitioner (ARP) Category I Track B

The Asset Reliability Practitioner [ARP] Category I “Reliability leaders, Foreman, Engineers and Managers” course is intended for senior management, maintenance and operations/production management, engineers, junior reliability engineers, and condition monitoring professionals who need to understand the “big picture” of the reliability and performance improvement process.

Whether your organization manufactures products or a commodity; provides an essential service; relies on machinery/electrical equipment, or is involved with protecting their country, this course will provide a memorable explanation of how and why to improve reliability and performance.

This course seeks to achieve two goals:

  1. Present the business case, and explain how it is possible to assess the benefits to your organization. You can take what you learn to justify a new program, expand your existing program, or to simply breathe new life into a stale program.
  2. Demystify the concepts, terminology, and the process required to improve reliability and performance. All the keys issues will be covered, from defect elimination to the development of the asset strategy, from condition monitoring to operator driven reliability, from culture change to continuous improvement, and so much more.

This course will leave you with a clear vision of what the process is, how to justify the initiative, and all the key elements. You will learn what has worked for other organizations, and why so many programs have failed.

The course achieves these goals by utilizing animations and animated simulations that make it understandable, memorable, and interesting. Potentially complex concepts are easily explained with these proven tools. And to ensure your time is put to best use, you can watch any part of the course, or the entire course, online before you attend the live event. And you can watch it again soon afterwards to refresh your memory and improve your understanding.

Through this Certification Course, participants have the opportunity to accrue 2.5 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points. 

Course Outline:

  • Overview of reliability and performance improvement
  • What causes equipment to be unreliable or perform poorly
  • The relationship between reliability improvement and asset management, operational excellence, TPM, and lean strategies
  • The relationship between reliability and safety
  • An overview of the benefits, with basic examples
  • What is important to your business?
  • What are you good at, where do you need help?
  • What do those gaps cost you?
  • The importance of developing the culture of reliability
  • The steps necessary to change people’s and an organization’s culture
  • Being aware of human error and human psychology (e.g. biases)
  • The importance of defining who is responsible and accountable, who will provide support, who should be consulted, and who should be kept informed [RASCI]
  • Building the business case based on the goals of the business, the identified gaps, and the value gained by closing those gaps
  • How to ensure you gain and retain senior management support
  • What is involved in developing a strategy
    • Setting goals
    • The need for a mission/vision statement
    • The main components of a “roadmap” strategy
    • The need to establish a “steering committee”
    • Gaining support across the organization
  • Why does equipment fail?
    • Mechanical failures
    • Electrical failures
  • Understanding equipment “failure patterns”
    • Does all equipment wear out with age?
    • What are “random failures”
    • Early age “infant mortality” failures
  • Why is this so important?
  • Overview of the goals of defect elimination
    • An overview of each of the main sources of defects and how to eliminate them
      • Design for reliability, maintainability, operability, and sustainability
      • Procurement for lowest life cycle costs
      • Transport without damage
      • Acceptance testing to reject defective equipment
      • Storage to eliminate degradation
      • Eliminating maintenance induced failures through precision installation, maintenance and commissioning
      • Eliminating operator induced failures
      • Proactive tasks that reduce the likelihood of failure and poor performance
  • Overview of run-to-failure, condition-based, and interval-based maintenance
  • The need for the master asset list and bill of materials
  • Establishing the asset criticality ranking
  • Utilizing Preventive Maintenance Optimization [PMO], Reliability Centered Maintenance [RCM], and/or Failure Modes Effects (and Criticality) Analysis [FMECA] to develop the asset reliability strategy
  • Operator driven reliability [ODR]
  • The benefits of coordinated, planned, and scheduled work
  • An overview of the complete cycle: work requests, planned tasks, kitting, scheduling, managing break-in work, precision job execution (and the need for written procedures), job feedback and improvement
  • The opportunity to improve work efficiency (or “wrench time”)
  • How planning can minimize time/costs with shutdowns and outages
  • The role of the computerized maintenance management system [CMMS] or enterprise asset management [EAM] system
  • The financial and work management benefit of efficient spares management
  • Basic introduction to spares selection
  • Caring for spares
  • What is precision and the importance of precision work
    • The basics of precision shaft and belt alignment, soft foot correction, fastening, machine balancing, and other common mechanical and electrical tasks
    • The importance of developing and following written procedures
    • The importance of precision installation, such as bearings, seals, gears, belts, pumps, electrical equipment, and other equipment
    • The importance of commissioning
  • The importance of taking proactive steps to avoid future problems, including precision lubrication, resonance correction, power quality control, and keeping equipment and workplaces clean and organized
  • Overview of CM principles for mechanical and electrical equipment
  • The relationship between CM and planning/scheduling and operations
  • A detailed overview of:
    • Vibration analysis
    • Ultrasound
    • Oil analysis
    • Wear particle analysis
    • Electric motor testing
    • Infrared analysis
    • Non-Destructive Testing [NDT]
    • Process/performance monitoring
    • Visual inspections
  • The future of CM and predictive analytics
  • What to do if you are trapped in the reactive maintenance cycle
  • The principle of and importance of continuous improvement, Kaizen, PDCA, and Lean
  • The need to reassess business conditions and what is critical
  • Utilizing metrics to measure and improve performance
  • The importance of constant communication
  • Root cause (failure) analysis [RCA and RCFA]
  • The need for on-going education, skills, and awareness training

Course Info

CPD Points: 2.5

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