Abstracts & presenters

“Creating a Reliability Culture to Bring your Goals Alive”

Presented by Nancy Regan, The Force

Create a dynamic Reliability Culture within your organization by imagining four infinite quadrants. Successfully navigating three of these assures success, while one promises failure. Join Nancy on a journey through all four quadrants. Using two life lessons, a simple physics equation, a common business skill, and audience participation, you will discover how to foster the environment necessary to achieve most objectives. But creating a Reliability Culture isn’t all about technological details. Most improvement initiatives fail due to lack of buy-in because we often overlook the human element, the most significant factor in any Reliability improvement effort. While emphasizing the role people make in achieving technical objectives, Nancy reveals what is really causing the lack of buy-in and uncovers how to get team members on board. You will learn how to achieve your Reliability goals by creating a culture that supports successful implementation. Bonus – and if you dare – navigate one of the quadrants towards your own heart’s desire!

“What Does Good Look Like?”

Presented by David Sliger, Nissan North America

Your new job or assignment is to lead an organization operating in a reactive mode and where direction is based on the latest automation crisis.  You quickly notice vision is MIA, every significant event drives the next change of direction, morale is low due to an unsustainable work-life balance and lastly, expectations are so low most would consider them  insulting. After this quick assessment, you retreat to your office and contemplate your first move. You remind yourself that this is not a startup operation with a gradual ramp-up.  Nor is this an operation that has a previous history of success that you can study or reference.  Instead, this is an operation that’s been in business for over a decade and the demand for its product is very high and its imminent you turn the operation around immediately. You decide that the first order of business is to meet with your organization’s leadership that reports to you and the plan you have laid out to them is…?  How will this be communicated to the workforce?

This was exactly the situation I found myself in.  Providing vision, leadership and setting expectations were only part of the solution.  The other part?  Painting a portrait of what GOOD looks like.  During this time with you I will explain a few key lessons I learned in my journey to turn an organization from being in the red financially to being in the black, significantly improving morale, and becoming globally competitive in OEE performance.  Please join me as I share my keys to success.

“Challenges of Being a Leader”

Presented by Joe Anderson, B. Braun Medical & Reliability X, The DNA of Success 

Are you frustration in your current position? Are you following an ineffective leader? Do you feel as if you have no influence? If these challenges resonate with you, these will be a few of the challenges that we take on to offer help in overcoming.  In this session we will be discussing some of the challenges that we face in our organization as leaders and possible ways that we can overcome them to become a person of influence. It is an adaptation from principles shared in John Maxwell’s book The 360⁰ Leader.

“The Impact of Asset Management on Worker Safety”

Presented by Chuck Jarrell, 3M & Greg Folts, Marshall Institute 

In this presentation, Chuck Jarrell (3M) and Greg Folts (Marshall Institute) will share real life, practical experience on how lack of control in the Asset Management function can affect plant and worker safety.  In the Asset Management function, we can create systems and tools that positively affect the safety culture and safety record at our facilities. While other factors affect our safety culture, we cannot ignore the impact of reactive maintenance on safe, efficient execution of work.

We will explore the difference between proactive and reactive maintenance and the impact on key maintenance activities.  We will explore how work identified and prioritized in a proactive environment is a safer environment, how work planning can not only improve efficiency, but safety, and how other elements, such as  scheduling, execution, and closeout/analysis can all be key contributors to an effective safety culture.

In addition, we will understand the “big picture” of reliability and safety and how asset management can be a key partner with the safety and environmental group.

Chuck and Greg will share practical examples of success and consequences of failure to apply these principles.

“Stinky RCA: 5 Ways to Fail at Root Cause Analysis”

Presented by Shon Isenhour, Partner, Eruditio

In this session we will have a fun look at 5 ways you can really stink at root cause analysis problem solving. If you are tired of having the smell of defeat all over your efforts then join us for the second half of the presentation where we will talk about how to get clean, stink less, and do it right the first time. During the session we will share real examples from past stinkers and also those that have programs that are getting solid results.  Come join us and let’s see if your program smells of success or just smells.




“Do you Have What it Takes to Build a Lasting Reliability Program?”

Presented by Chris Colson, Managing Principal, Allied Reliability

Chris Colson, Managing Principal with Allied Reliability, will present on the topic of what’s required to build an enduring reliability program.  Some of the biggest challenges and why so many reliability programs fail are due to a lack of grit and adequate determination.  If that’s the case, how do we better equip, prepare, and instill such characteristics?  Join Chris as he shares insights and examples from journeys with customers from around the world.  Insights include; establishing a sound business case, developing a concise strategy linked to benefits, organizational alignment, transparency, workforce development, and how to develop and nurture the key ingredients of Grit and Determination.

“Understanding Reliability in a Changing World”

Presented by Doug Plucknette, Reliability Solutions Inc.

I recently had a new client who was planning on training a second class of RCM Blitz™ facilitators tell me they were instead take a break from new training, tools and analysis for about a year.

Intrigued by this statement I asked why they were making this decision. Is something wrong?

“No, there’s just so much out there right now we’re not really sure what direction we should go in. Every time I turn around there’s another article on machine learning, smart machines, the Industrial Internet of Things. Heck, just last month someone at a conference told me that all this stuff is right on the horizon and it’s going to change everything. Some people are even saying the machines will fix themselves or some kind of robot will do the repairs.”

My question to my audience is how do you follow this up? How much of what we are seeing, and reading is hype and what can we do to focus our efforts on the things that can help us today?

This presentation will address the reality of what we need to focus our Reliability efforts on today while planning for what the future might bring.

“How to Create Precision Maintenance Procedures & other Technical Documents”

Presented by Gary Josebeck, RAMwright Consulting Company

This presentation will guide the attendee through the steps necessary to develop highly effective technical procedures used by Maintenance, Reliability, Operations, and other departments where precision and standardization is desired to eliminate errors, reduce costs, prevent rework, and keep workers safe.

Learn How To

  • Organize work into meaning sections and subsections
  • Write direct, easy to follow action steps and conditional action steps
  • Attach lists, figures, graphs, and other supplemental information
  • Determine “Level of Use”
  • Use place-keeping, hold points, approvals, and signatures
  • Identify and properly locate precautions that can harm users or damage assets

“What Should your Technology Readiness Plan Be?”

Presented by Klaus Blache, University of Tennessee

The various predictive and condition-based maintenance technologies are quickly changing. With the numerous enhancements and capabilities (interconnectivity, wireless, machine intelligence, augmented and virtual reality, analytics, and more), what should your strategy be? Recommendations will be discussed. Trends in predictive technologies, condition-based maintenance, and machine intelligence will be presented, along with what is needed to enable success in the future Internet of Things (IoT) environment. Included will be select updates on reliability and maintainability metrics / key performance indicators as they relate these topics.

“5 Reasons to Start Point of Care Oil Analysis for Plant Reliability”

Presented by Daniel Walsh, Spectro Scientific

Practical considerations for establishing a point of care oil analysis test capability at your facility

Analysis of in-service lubrication oil for  industrial and fleet maintenance is a proven technique.   Oil analysis gives a snapshot of the machinery health, preventing unnecessary oil changes and predicting equipment failures before they happen. Point of Care testing is a terminology used in the medical field to refer to rapid diagnostic testing near the patient, that is near the time and place where timely decisions aid treatment and wellness.   On site oil analysis is Point of care testing of oil samples near the equipment, leading to effective maintenance decisions to be made rapidly, lowering costs and increasing productivity.   The question no longer is “Should I do oil analysis”. The question is “Should I do oil analysis on-site or continue to use an outside laboratory?” This presentation lays out five important reasons for why point of care oil analysis is easily achievable and provides a high rate of return on effort.


“Realizing & Inspiring Industrial Cultural Change – A Secant Case Study”

Presented by Michael Manacchio, Secant & Michael Watson, Fluke

Mike Manacchio of the Secant Group (and Michael Watson, a product specialist from Fluke Digital Systems) will share the Secant Group’s reliability journey through the last 5 years, outlining the challenges of tribal knowledge and the talent gap, fears of CMMS, creating a culture that strives toward precision maintenance and knowing where you are going and WHY! See what teams, systems and data he called to action! No matter where you are on you journey you won’t want to miss this one!

Closing Keynote – So Now What?

Joe will help us tie a nice ribbon on the week’s events. Sending attendees off motivated and ready to put what they’ve learned into action!

Bonus – you can now access presentations from our previous Reliable Asset World Conferences. Simply click here and you can learn from the past events as you prepare to join us for this next one!