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Reliability & Maintainability Implementation Certificate

UT-RMC Reliability & Maintainability Implementation Certificate

The University of Tennessee Reliability & Maintainability Center (RMC) is offering the Reliability & Maintainability Implementation Certificate, a non-degree program to address the needs of engineers, operations and trades. The certificate consists of: 3 courses from UT-RMC, up to 3 courses from UT-RMC partner companies such as Meridium, and an implementation project with measureable results (done as a course with RMC). 

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Value Creation, Six Sigma and Lean Applied to Reliability and Maintainability

2 Days $2,000 per person / 5 person minimum        

*This course is offered at Meridium’s Roanoke, VA training facility, or may also be conducted at Meridium’s Houston, TX training facility or at your site for an additional charge to cover travel and expenses. 

Learning Program Description:

Six Sigma, Lean and Theory of Constraints (TOC) are understood by company management and accepted methods for improvement throughout manufacturing. These tools are traditionally used to improve the manufacturing process but should also be applied to Maintenance and Reliability (M&R). These tools are imperative for solving difficult problems that thus far might have been unsolvable in maintenance, but also useful in the continuing drive to improve performance, reduce cost, eliminate defects, and delight customers. Integrating these tools into the M&R process will link company management to M&R, as well as, produce significant bottom-line results.

This two day course will begin with a discussion on value creation through maintenance and reliability and how to build the M&R business case. This will include an introduction to the fundamentals of finance and financial reporting and discuss how the Maintenance and Reliability function can create value that shows up on the Balance Sheet and Income Statement. This use of M&R tools for value creation will be discussed in a case study exercise.

In addition: where to find value, how to measure value, the magnitude of the potential value and how to capture this value will be linked to Six Sigma and Lean Tools The basic theory and fundamentals of Six Sigma and Lean will be reviewed. A detailed discussion on how these tools can be applied to Maintenance and Reliability to create and capture value is included. The lecture material will encompass proven approaches and techniques to properly apply both Six Sigma and Lean to M&R. The use of these tools will be illustrated through case studies and a review of actual project results. 

Leadership Characteristics of Successful Reliability and Maintainability Initiatives

2 Days $2,000 per person / 5 person minimum        

*This course is offered at Meridium’s Roanoke, VA training facility. The course may also be arranged at Meridium’s Houston, TX training facility or at your site for an additional charge to cover travel and expenses. 

Learning Program Description:

Visionary Leadership is a distinguishing characteristic of successful Reliability and Maintenance (R&M) initiatives. Today’s leaders are dealing with the loss of their critical knowledge base to retirement, a constant drive to reduce costs and capital expense, reduce risk to lives and the environment, while managing their corporate image. In this environment it takes forward thinking leaders to understand the need to develop their people while defining and developing processes that are effective and impact improvement. Business as usual worked when these factors weren’t in play. Today leaders are driven to change.

R&M leaders must respond to situations as characterized by the following questions/situations:

  • Why should we implement this reliability program? How does this align with our corporate strategy?
  • What is the business case for this program?
  • How should leaders respond to “We need to cut the R+M budget immediately”?
  • Our maintenance group is focused on responding to failures, reliability is responsible for failure elimination
  • We don’t need to change our work processes, we’ve always done it this way
  • Operations break the equipment faster than we can fix it
  • Management sees the most benefit from capital investments

The response to these questions can mean the difference between organizations that are able to adapt and adjust to today’s realities and those that can only react to their impact. The language of today’s R&M leaders needs to include change management, organizational integration, improving work processes, stakeholder management, building stronger interdepartmental relationships, and instilling sustainability into the fabric of the organization.

This course equips students in all aspects of R&M leadership, as well as metrics to measure progress. Students will learn and be ready to apply key principals such as: rewarding the right behaviors, how to improve the probability of success, building and communicating the business case and core elements of leadership.

Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) 

3 Days $3,000 per person / 4 person minimum

*This course is offered at Meridium’s Roanoke, VA training facility. The course may also be arranged at Meridium’s Houston, TX training facility or at your site for an additional charge to cover travel and expenses.

Learning Program Description:

Reliability Centered Maintenance

Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) is a methodology for identifying equipment strategies that promote maintainability and reliability. RCM provides the means to determine optimal maintenance and operational strategies for equipment based on the probability and consequence of its failure modes. 

RCM Analyses

During the exercises in this course, students will navigate an existing RCM Analysis to become familiar with its functionality. Then students will set up a new RCM Analysis and create its associated Functions, Functional Failures, Failure Modes, Failure Effects, and Recommendations. Course topics:

  • Maintenance Terms
  • Why Perform Maintenance?
  • RCM Principles and History
  • RCM Analysis – Seven Questions
  • Analysis Facilitation
  • Team Approach and Deliverables
  • Analysis Process – Criticality and Priorities
  • Rigorous and Streamlined Analysis
  • Measuring Effectiveness

Reliability Concepts & Distribution Growth

2 Days $2,000 per person / 5 person minimum

*This course is offered at Meridium’s Roanoke, VA training facility. The course may also be arranged at Meridium’s Houston, TX training facility or at your site for an additional charge to cover travel and expenses.

Learning Program Description:

This course is designed to teach participants which data and tools are required to make the most out of a reliability initiative.

Reliability

  • What is a Failure?
  • What is a Failure Mode?
  • What is a Failure Effect?

Data

  • Why Collect Data?
  • Key Time Stamps
  • Data Needed for Tracking Asset Reliability

Reliability Data Analysis

  • Statistical Analysis
  • Growth Analysis
  • Six Patterns of Failure
  • Why Use Statistical Analysis
  • Why Use Crow/AMSAA Analysis
  • User: Distribution or Growth

Distributions

  • Many Distributions Available
  • The Normal Distribution
  • The Exponential Distributions
  • The Lognormal Distributions
  • The Pieces of the Bathtub Curve

The Weibull Distribution

  • The Weibull Distribution PDF
  • Three Classes of Failure
  • Goodness of Fit
  • Weibull Analysis Summary
  • Weibull Distribution Results
  • A Few More Words About Data
  • Weibull Production Analysis

Crow-AMSAA Growth Modeling

  • Reliability Growth Modeling
  • Crow-AMSAA Plots
  • AMSAA Growth Model – Beta Rules

Risk Based Inspection (RBI)

2 Days $1,000 per person / 6 person minimum

*This course is offered at Meridium’s Houston training facility. The course may also be arranged at Meridium’s Roanoke, VA training facility or at your site for an additional charge to cover travel and expenses. 

Learning Program Description:

This two-day session is designed to help you:

1.    Understand the essential elements/tasks for an RBI assessment/program as defined in API 580

2.    Understand how to implement and sustain a Risk Based Inspection program

Topics:

  • Basic Concepts of Risk
  • Introduction to RBI
  • Introduction to API 580
  • Plan the RBI Assessment
  • Collect Data
  • Identify Damage Mechanisms
  • Determine Probability of Failure
  • Determine Consequence of Failure
  • Determine Risk
  • Communicate Risk Results
  • Plan Mitigation Activities
  • Update RBI Assessment
  • Document RBI Assessment
  • API 580 Supplemental Certification

Root Cause Analysis (RCA)

3 Days $1,750 per person / 10 person minimum

*This course is offered at Meridium’s Roanoke, VA training facility. The course may also be arranged at Meridium’s Houston, TX training facility or at your site for an additional charge to cover travel and expenses.

Learning Program Description:

This course will teach you the necessary skills to identify the root causes of failure and core precepts Root Cause Analysis methodology:

  • Creating a Root Cause Analysis  - You will create a Root Cause Analysis. You will add team members, assign responsibilities, and build a logic tree to define and analyze the possible causes of failure. 
  • Documenting Analysis Outcomes  - You will document the outcome of your findings and link external files to the analysis, such as photographs or drawings. 
  • Communicating Analysis Results  - After your team has completed the analysis, you will summarize and communicate findings and solutions to the decision makers in your organization. 
  • Querying Analysis Information  - For reporting and evaluation purposes, you will query analysis information and generate reports and graphs based on the results. 

Core skills taught in this course:

  • Gathering and Preserving Data
  • Using a Logic Tree
  • Failure Modes
  • Failure Effects
  • Creating Hypotheses
  • Verifying Hypotheses
  • Communicating Results

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