Short Courses

Short Courses

Reliability Short Courses

Reliability Short Courses are extracts from the Asset Reliability Practitioner [ARP] courses. They are a great way to learn about individual course subjects without having to study a full 5-day ARP course.
In addition, the short courses can be credited towards the ARP course from which they have been extracted.
All courses are delivered by Jason Tranter, the founder, and CEO of Mobius Institute.

Course subscription duration is for 3 months.

 

1. Asset Reliability Transformation

Summary: An overview of asset reliability transformation [ART] – a roadmap to reliability improvement. Approximate Course duration: 2 hours

For many years, people have been trying to improve reliability in industrial facilities. Some have had success, but many have not. In the worst-case, programs were cancelled by senior management, and the personnel were asked to leave the organization. But in many cases, programs either fail to get off the ground in the first place, delivered marginal value, or simply faded away over time.

Based on many years of experience and input from several successful asset management practitioners and industry experts, Mobius Institute has developed the Asset Reliability Transformation ART process. This course provides a detailed overview of the ART process, designed to provide detailed structure to your improvement efforts. These lessons are extracted from the Asset Reliability Practitioner ARP-L course for Reliability Program Leaders.

2. End Reactive Maintenance

Summary: How to break out of a “reactive maintenance cycle of doom” to gain control over unplanned breakdowns.
Approximate Course duration: 3 hours

Reactive maintenance is costly and dangerous. You need a plan to end reactive maintenance – it will not end simply because you have decided to implement condition monitoring, work management, or you have a new asset strategy. You need to tackle reactive maintenance head-on. You need to treat it like a fire, not by improving your firefighting skills, but by removing the fuel and oxygen.

3. Asset Criticality and Pareto Analysis

Summary: How to do Asset criticality ranking & the use of Pareto analysis

Approximate Course duration: 3 hours

The Asset Criticality Ranking and Pareto analysis are two powerful and easy to generate metrics that enable you to prioritize everything you do with your reliability improvement program. Rather than having to think about the 10,000 assets in your plant, you can focus on one – the most critical asset. Next, you focus on the second asset in the list. And so on. These lesson modules were taken from the Asset Reliability Practitioner ARP-E course for Reliability Engineers, but it is also important for condition monitoring managers, the Reliability Program Leader, the Maintenance Manager, and anyone else involved with spares management and work management (planning and scheduling).

4. The Economics of Reliability

Summary: Learn about Financial justification, Return on Investment (ROI), the time value of money, discounted payback period, cost of capital, assessing financial performance.

Approximate Course Duration: 3 hours

• The only way to gain, and retain, senior management support is to determine the financial benefits of the initiatives. Even though it may make “common sense” to improve reliability, and even though you may be able to identify a dozen technical reasons for improving reliability, senior management are primarily interested in the business opportunity in financial terms – that is what their responsibilities are, achieving maximum benefit for shareholders and/or owners (or delivering the required services within a defined budget).
• Whether you need the language of economics to justify the entire initiative, or for investments, you do need to understand the language of finance of you wish to make a positive impression on management and gain their support.
• This course has been extracted from the Asset Reliability Practitioner (ARP) Reliability Program Leader ARP-L course; therefore, it is perfect for anyone who wishes to successfully implement a reliability improvement program or gain approval for any project. In addition, understanding basic finance is a key step toward all management roles.

5. Reliability Engineering Analytics

Summary: Learn about the importance of data, failure rate, MTBF, data distribution, Weibull analysis, Reliability Block Diagrams and making decisions using reliability data.

Approximate Course duration: 6 hours

• While there is an almost endless number of practical improvements that can be made to improve reliability, a data-driven approach will help to ensure that opportunities for improvement can be revealed, justified, and defended.
• This course takes a practical approach to a theoretical subject. This is not the best course if you are interested in product quality or if you wish to use this course so that you may immediately utilize advanced analysis software. This course will provide a reliability engineering or senior condition monitoring specialist an excellent introduction to the subject. You will then be in the best position to decide if it is an area that you should invest in for your plant.
• You will learn about statistical analysis (which will also help you understand the new world of machine learning), data distributions (Normal/Gaussian and Pareto), the pros and cons of utilizing MTBF, how to prove the value of your program, plus an introduction to reliability block diagrams, Monte Carlo analysis, and more. You will certainly understand the “bath-tub curves” (failure patterns) and the theory behind RCM and condition monitoring – you may be surprised by what you learn!

6. Asset Strategy Development

Summary: How to develop an Asset strategy – using a master asset list (MAL), bill of materials (BOM), FMECA (Failure Modes, Effects and Criticality Analysis), RCM ( Reliability Centered Maintenance) and PMO (Preventive Maintenance Optimization).

Approximate Course duration: 8 hours

 

• Every reliability (and maintenance) improvement program must utilize a technique that establishes an effective maintenance strategy: the right balance of condition-based maintenance, time-based maintenance, and other elements. Unfortunately, in many plants, the maintenance strategy (and the condition monitoring plan) simply evolve over time. As a result, there are tasks and tests performed that either add no value, provide little value, or in some cases, harm the equipment.
• In this course you will learn how to develop an asset strategy. After a detailed overview of the process, and after describing some of the fundamental components that must be in place (a master asset list, bill of materials, a CMMS, etc.), we will cover four tools that will help you establish the asset strategy.
• First, we will begin with a detailed summary of fault tree analysis (also known as causal tree analysis). While this technique is not used to develop the asset strategy specifically, it is a powerful tool that supports FMECA and RCM (and RCA, which is covered in a separate course).
• Next, we will discuss Failure Modes, Effects, and Criticality Analysis (FMECA). This is a powerful tool that enables you to identify each of the tasks must be performed to ensure that failures are kept to a minimum. This technique is often used when performing root cause analysis, and it should be used during the design phase of new projects to ensure that the lifecycle costs are kept to a minimum.
• Next, we will all discuss Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM). Some would argue that FMECA is a subset of RCM, but for sure, if you wish to be successful with RCM it helps a great deal to be familiar with FMECA.
• And finally, we will cover Preventive Maintenance Optimization (PMO).

7. Precision and Proactive Maintenance

Summary: Precision is a foundation of Reliability. Learn about precision lubrication, contamination control, precision shaft alignment, rotor balancing, mechanical and electrical fastening, 5S and the visual workplace.

Approximate Course duration: 4 hours

 

• If you have rotating machinery, they must be precision lubricated, aligned, balanced, and fastened if you wish to achieve the longest trouble-free life and the lowest maintenance costs. This course provides a detailed summary of each of these technical areas.
• Thanks to the use of the Mobius Institute simulations and animations, you will find it very easy to understand each of these technical topics.

8. Work and Spares Management

Summary: The basics of prioritising work, maintenance planning, scheduling, executing jobs, spares selection and storage or spare.

Approximate Course duration: 3 hours

 

• Work management (planning and scheduling) is a core component of a reliability improvement program. You certainly cannot have an effective condition monitoring program if you do not have an effective work management program. Likewise, you cannot have an effective work management program unless you have effective spares and materials management.
• This minicourse is not intended to provide detailed training on how to perform planning and scheduling or spares management. It simply provides a detailed overview so that you understand “what good looks like.”
• These lesson modules were taken from the Asset Reliability Practitioner ARP-E course for Reliability Engineers, but this course will also be of interest to maintenance managers, planners/schedulers, storeroom management, and condition monitoring practitioners.

8. Work and Spares Management

Summary: The basics of prioritising work, maintenance planning, scheduling, executing jobs, spares selection and storage or spare.

Approximate Course duration: 3 hours

 

• Work management (planning and scheduling) is a core component of a reliability improvement program. You certainly cannot have an effective condition monitoring program if you do not have an effective work management program. Likewise, you cannot have an effective work management program unless you have effective spares and materials management.
• This minicourse is not intended to provide detailed training on how to perform planning and scheduling or spares management. It simply provides a detailed overview so that you understand “what good looks like.”
• These lesson modules were taken from the Asset Reliability Practitioner ARP-E course for Reliability Engineers, but this course will also be of interest to maintenance managers, planners/schedulers, storeroom management, and condition monitoring practitioners.

9. Condition Monitoring and Condition-based Maintenance

Summary: Using Vibration analysis, ultrasound, oil analysis, infrared thermography, visual inspections, performance monitoring, non-destructive testing (NDT) and electrical equipment testing to determine the health of assets.

Approximate Course duration: 5 hours

 

• Condition monitoring plays a key role in the reliability improvement program. At the least, it is used to provide a warning of future failures so that corrective maintenance can be planned. In a true reliability-based maintenance program, condition monitoring is an integral part of the planning and scheduling process. In a more enlightened program, it is used to detect the root causes of failure so they may be avoided, and it is used for quality assurance and quality control (acceptance testing when purchasing new equipment and for verifying the quality of work performed on-site).
• This course provides a summary of the major technical areas of condition monitoring: vibration analysis, ultrasound analysis, oil analysis and wear particle analysis, infrared thermography, inspections, performance monitoring, NDT, and electrical equipment testing (including electric motors and transformers – additional electrical applications are covered under ultrasound and infrared thermography).
• Thanks to the use of the Mobius Institute simulations and animations, you will find it very easy to understand the condition monitoring technologies.
• These lesson modules were taken from the Asset Reliability Practitioner ARP-E course for Reliability Engineers, but this course will also be of interest to maintenance managers (and planners/schedulers) and condition monitoring practitioners.

10. Precision Field Balancing

Summary: Achieving precision balancing for rotating equipment.

Approximate Course duration: 4 hours

Unbalance in machinery puts excessive load on bearings and all other components, including the machine structure itself. The unbalance forces also excite resonances, cause looseness and fatigue failure, generate noise, and in certain circumstances, result in poor product quality. Machines that are out of balance consume more energy. The Precision Field Balancing course is highly visual and filled with animations that make everything crystal clear. This course provides step-by-step training, one slide at a time.

11. Precision Shaft Alignment

Summary: Precision shaft alignment and soft foot elimination

Approximate Course duration: 5 hours

Precision alignment is one of the primary tools for maximizing the reliability of rotating machinery. Just the smallest amount of angle or offset between two shafts will result in excess load on the bearings, seals, shaft, and coupling. In addition, the vibration generated can result in accelerated failure of other machine components and the supporting structure. It is essential that you precision align your rotating machinery and eliminate soft foot. This course is highly visual and filled with animations that make everything crystal clear. Although modern laser alignment systems are also quite visual, in many cases that means that the person performing the alignment does not have a complete appreciation of what is happening as they make the various adjustments. The alignment training provides step-by-step training, one slide at a time.

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Our clients speak

Enjoyed the team dynamics assisted through instructors’ experience and the course content was good.
Excellent. Has given me a good base to start in a new role as a RE.

Reliability Engineer Specialist

Good training as it covers a wide range of topics related to reliability. Excellent material and presentation.
Terry is an excellent instructor and keeps you on track with the topics.

Mechanical Reliability Engineer

As a service provider, the first thing is approaching our customer to know how we can help with our capabilities to improve their plant reliability.

Service Engineer

I have completed a graduate study in maintenance & reliability engineering before. However, I got some very important things from this course.

Asset Strategy Engineer

Very rich in knowledge related to reliability . Great course, great trainer.

Maintenance Manager

Good content and a great group. Great instructor – clearly passionate about reliability engineering.

Plant Engineering Supervisor 2

The training course was very good in terms of concepts and covering all of the subjects that a Reliability Engineer needs.

Reliability Lead

As a new engineer this course helped me understand the role of a reliability engineer. I got some good ideas for electrical reliability and am keen to take these ideas back to site.

Graduate Engineer

Excellent quality and delivery. At times a little deeper would be good, but this course was completed in a compressed time frame.

Reliability Technician

It is very comprehensive and well structured; it contains most of the topics a Reliability Engineer need to know.
Very informative. It is a good guide of how to improve.

Electrical Technical Officer

The training course has helped me to realize that there are many elements to reliability and that significant improvements can be made by getting the basics right. I will recommend the course to my colleagues.
Excellent. Well taught by Terry.

Plant Engineering Supervisor

The course covered a very broad range of maintenance & reliability related subjects
Broad range of topics covered. Appropriate depth to cover such a wide range of topics.

Senior Reliability Engineer

Excellent content to generally open people up to reliability maintenance.

Asset Integrity Engineer

Excellent course to establish a level of knowledge.

Systems Engineer

Really great overview of all the technology available for reliability engineers to utilize.
Very informative and covers a lot of areas of Reliability as it should.

Reliability Superintendent

Very valuable for an overview and particularly when at the early stages of reliability/plant availability

Maintenance Improvement Lead

Very well presented and informative.

Maintenance Planner

Good quality information, delivered well. The course was very informative.

Maintenance Coordinator