More Educational Opportunities at MARTS 2005

Kathy | April 1, 2005

Maintenance & Reliability Technology Summit (MARTS) is designed to provide a comprehensive learning environment for everyone responsible for plant uptime and equipment availability—managers, technicians, supervisors, and engineers.

Event producers, MAINTENANCE TECHNOLOGY and ReliabilityWeb.com, have expanded this year’s offering with Professional Developent Courses and focused mini-summit roundtable sessions. In addition, the Lubrication Summit conference will be co-located with MARTS.

Conference attendees will be able to choose sessions from both MARTS and the Lubrication Summit events to fit their learning objectives.

Professional development courses
Two Professional Development CoursesMaintenance and Reliability Professional Review and Certified Lubrication Specialist Review—for managers looking for in-depth focused reviews and technicians who want to build their skill sets are scheduled to cover three days of course time (May 23-25).


For MARTS attendees who may be seeking certification, examinations will be available on May 26 for Certified Maintenance & Reliability Professional and Certified Lubrication Specialist.

Enterprise managers forum
Brad Peterson, CMRP, president and CEO of Strategic Asset Management, Inc., and members of the new Center for Enterprise Asset Management (CEAM) will provide a high-level overview of important issues involved with successfully running maintenance and reliability processes across large organizations to strengthen enterprise performance.

Practitioners, mentors to share experiences
In the Maintenance Experience track of the two-day conference portion of MARTS, you will have an opportunity to learn from practitioners and mentors with years of practical experience who have faced and overcome challenges similar to those that confront you in your plant.

Three North American Maintenance Excellence (NAME) Award winners—Aera Energy, Alcoa Aluminerie de Deschambault, and Harman International—will share their experiences in organizing for excellence, managing work, and managing material.

Charles Latino will share his plant-floor experiences leading to the development of the reliability approach and explain how it works.

Jack R. Nicholas, Jr., will discuss his observations in the Navy and in industry that led him to propose procedures-based maintenance.

Focus on elements of RCM
MARTS is providing an opportunity for attendees to receive an in-depth review of reliability centered maintenance. One session is being devoted to each of the seven elements of RCM—functions, functional failures, failure modes, failure effects, failure consequences, proactive tasks and task intervals, and default actions. Speakers are expected to highlight each session with case studies. The Reliability track will again be chaired by Jack R. Nicholas, Jr., who also will provide an update to the RCM Scorecard project.

Maintenance Practice track
Sessions covering the results of a 16-part benchmarking survey of best practices in maintenance management and a report on the metrics and definitions work of the SMRP Best Practices Committee will provide attendees an insight into performance measures. Other sessions provide a variety of learning opportunities directed at day-to-day maintenance functions, from improving equipment bases to the role of predictive maintenance in job planning.

Technical and commercial innovations
The Technology track will provide an opportunity to hear the latest from suppliers of maintenance and reliability products and services in a series of information-packed concurrent presentations. Topics will cover subjects such as infrared, ultrasound, vibration, CMMS software, and more.

Views from the summits
Four mini-summit sessions and the all-conference Maintenance & Reliability Technology Summit of Excellence, scheduled for the last half day of the conference, will provide an opportunity for discussion of major issues and obstacles to maintenance and reliability excellence.

Panelists for the mini-summits—Best Practices and Key Performance Indicators, Mastering Reliability, Monitoring Machinery Health, and Lubrication Excellence—will be made up of leaders from previous sessions.

Invited panelists for the all-conference Maintenance & Reliability Technology Summit of Excellence are John Mitchell, Terry Wireman, Al Weber, Ken Bannister, and Ken Peoples.

In-depth workshops
Eleven day-long workshops are available for in-depth learning in maintenance and reliability strategies and tactics. Choices include Performance Indicators, Materials Management, Reliability Centered Maintenance, Predictive Maintenance, Lubrication, Oil Analysis, Lean Maintenance, Vibration Analysis, and Cause Mapping. See the complete list in the section Workshop Offerings.

Register for MARTS online
Register online for the two-day conference, pre- and post-conference workshops, and three-day professional development courses. Workshop fees are $295 each, conference fee is $695 for the two days, and professional development course fee is $995 for three days. Special combination rates are available.

Conference Program

Schedule at a glance
Tuesday, May 24 program
Wednesday, May 25 program

Maintenance Practice

Tuesday, May 24
8:00-9:30 a.m.
MARTS Enterprise Managers Forum
Brad Peterson, CMRP, president and CEO of Strategic Asset Management, Inc., and members of the new Center for Enterprise Asset Management (CEAM)
High-level overview of running maintenance and reliability processes across large organizations to strengthen enterprise performance.
Managing Maintenance Work
10:30-11:15 a.m.
The Role of Preventive and Predictive Maintenance in Successful Planning
Ken Bass, CMRP
The potential failure-failure curve will be discussed to aid in the understanding of the power of the predictive/preventive maintenance functions. Through this curve, an understanding of the capabilities of the various predictive technologies will be gained as well as the importance of the use of quantitative preventive maintenance tasks.

11:15-12:00 p.m.
Maintenance Outsourcing
Brad McCully, ATS
Learn how maintenance operations can serve as a profit center, with no additional capital investment. Understand how to avoid off-shoring U.S. manufacturing jobs by enabling more efficient asset productivity. Discover what it takes to build better “wrench time” productivity into factory operations. Find out about the critical role that improved maintenance performance plays in achieving asset productivity.

Leveraging Technology
1:30-2:15 p.m.
Open Operations and Maintenance
Alan Johnston, president, MIMOSA
Learn about OpenO&M standards for enabling a comprehensive information network for operations and maintenance, paving the way for true enterprise optimization.

2:15-3:00 p.m.
Intelligent Maintenance Systems
Dr. Jay Lee, chairman, Center for Intelligent Maintenance Systems
Explore new approaches to maintenance that leverage latest sensor and computing technologies to predict and prevent downtime.

Managing MRO Materials
4:00-4:45 p.m.
Managing Maintenance Inventory
Terry Wireman, CPMM, Editor, Lubrication & Fluid Power magazine
Depending on the industry, maintenance spare parts can comprise from 40-60 percent of the total maintenance budget. Spare parts controls are imperative to managing maintenance in a cost-effective manner.

Wednesday, May 26
Improving Performance
Special Extended Session
8:00-9:30 a.m.

Improving Equipment Reliability by Improving Equipment Bases
Michael Eisenbiese, Fluor PTSS
The reliability of rotating equipment is directly related to the quality of the equipment base. The design and installation of precision equipment bases will be presented. The attendee will be able to use the information in this presentation to design and install precision bases. A set of generic base specifications will be distributed to each participant. These generic specifications will be specific enough to allow the participant to use these specifications to develop specifications for his/her maintenance program.

Measuring Performance
10:30-11:15 a.m.
Maintenance Metrics for the Millennium
Ramesh Gulati, PE, CMRP, and Jerry D. Kahn, PE, CMRP
You will be updated on the most commonly used metrics and definitions in the maintenance and reliability community (e.g., MTBF, downtime, etc.). Learn the current status of the SMRP metrics development and have the opportunity to provide feedback in open forum discussions.

11:15-12:00 p.m.
Best Practices Maintenance Management Benchmark Survey
Terry Wireman, Lubrication & Fluid Power magazine, and Terrence O’Hanlon, ReliabilityWeb.com.
The results of a year-long 16-part Best Practices Maintenance Management benchmarking project are reported and analyzed. Each attendee will receive the full 16-part survey report and summary.

Mini-Summit Session
1:30-2:30 p.m.
Best Practices, Key Performance Indicators
Invited panelists: Ramesh Gulati, John Mitchell, Terry Wireman
Doing the right thing and measuring your progress are fundamental to success in today’s competitive environment. Come hear practitioners and consultants, conference speakers, and workshop leaders discuss issues that can help put you out front in the race for bottom line results.

Maintenance Experience

Tuesday, May 24

Voice of Excellence
8:00-8:45 a.m.
Organizing for Success—The North American Maintenance Excellence (NAME) Award Approach
Learn how NAME Award winners organized for their journey toward maintenance excellence.

8:45-9:30 a.m.
Managing Maintenance Work—The NAME Award Approach
Presentations by NAME Award winners: Aera Energy, Alcoa Aluminerie de Deschambault, and Harman International.

10:30-11:15 a.m.
Managing Maintenance Materials—The NAME Award Approach
Presentations by NAME Award Winners: Aera Energy, Alcoa Aluminerie de Deschambault, and Harman International.

11:15 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Peer Assessment and Benchmarking—The NAME Award Approach
Learn the benefits of the NAME Award program from representatives of the Foundation for Industrial Excellence, sponsor of the award

Voice of Experience
1:30-3:00 p.m.
The Reliability Approach—How it started, how it works
Charles Latino, Reliability Center Inc.
Charles Latino, a long-time practitioner and founder of Reliability Center, made a difference for the many people he taught and worked with over the years. Join him as he shares lessons he learned during his five-decade journey toward reliability excellence. Learn what worked, what didn’t work, and what many of us currently overlook from the man who “wrote the book” on industrial reliability.

4:00-4:45 p.m.
Maintenance Experiences from Iraq
Ricky Smith, MAJ, FA, USA
Many parallels exist between industrial, facility, and vehicle maintenance operations in industry and those that occur in the military. Examples will be illustrated using personal experiences as a maintenance company commander in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Wednesday, May 25

Voice of Experience
8:00-8:45 a.m.
RCM Scorecard Status Report
Jack Nicholas Jr., P.E., CMRP, CEO, Maintenance Quality Systems LLC
This presentation will provide a status report on the RCM Scorecard effort that resulted from the challenge to SMRP members at the 2003 conference and MARTS 2005 RCM track attendees to expand on an initial set of metrics that anyone contemplating analysis of a system can use.

8:45-9:30 a.m.
Procedures-Based Maintenance
Jack Nicholas, Jr., PE, CMRP, CEO, Maintenance Quality Systems
A compelling argument for the use of detailed, written, and/or imbedded procedures for conducting maintenance (and operations) of any plant, vehicle, or system. The presenter compares results of four statistically significant studies on conditional probability of failure over the past 30 years. A significant reduction in the rates of catastrophic failures is explained.

Extended Session
10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Transitioning to Procedures-Based Maintenance
Jack Nicholas, Jr., PE, CMRP, CEO, Maintenance Quality Systems
In this final section the presenter will provide four approaches that have been found successful in making the transition to becoming a “Procedure Based Maintenance Organization.” The approaches are applicable to both large and small organizations.

Mini-Summit Sessions
1:30-2:30 p.m.
Choose from four Mini-Summits:
Best Practices, Key Performance Indicators
Mastering Reliability
Monitoring Machinery Health, or
Lubrication Excellence (see Lubrication track for details).

Reliability & RCM

Tuesday, May 24

RCM: Functional Analysis and Failure Identification
8:00-8:45 a.m.
RCM Q1: What are the functions of the asset in its operating context?
Al Weber, Ivara Corp.
This session will present specific examples, in the form of a case study, of companies that have benefited from defining the true function and associated performance standards of an asset. Also highlighted will be the results these companies have achieved by implementing reliability centered maintenance—in particular question one of the seven basic questions.

8:45-9:30 a.m.
RCM Q2: In what ways can it fail to fulfill its function?
Doug J. Plucknette, Reliability Solution, Inc.
In the 27 years following the release of Nowlan and Heap’s “Reliability Centered Maintenance” many have struggled to understand the importance of each step in this seven-step reliability tool. The process has been studied, tested, changed, and rearranged to save time and resources. These changes often try to eliminate one or more of the seven steps critical in completing a successful effort. In reality, the key to speed in performing your analyses while still maintaining a high quality output is understanding the value in each step of this proven process.

RCM Failure Modes and Failure Effects Analysis
10:30-11:15 a.m.
RCM Q3: What causes each functional failure?
Nancy Regan, The Force, Inc.
Since the first powered flight in 1903, 80 percent of all aircraft crashes have been due to human error—15 percent of those crashes can be traced back to faulty maintenance or inspections. Human error is also a serious problem in too many other endeavors including commercial industry, the medical field, and nuclear power plants. This presentation explores the issue in detail and demonstrates how the identification of failure modes during the RCM process is a powerful error-fighting solution for these all-too-often fatal causes.

11:15 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
RCM Q4: What happens when each failure occurs?
Alan Katchmer, Strategic Technolgies, Inc.
A properly prepared failure effect statement will not only allow your team to accurately assess the consequences associated with the Failure Mode under discussion, but the information also can be used to prepare reliability improving training modules for the operators, maintainers, and engineers and to prepare very effective troubleshooting guides that can substantially cut out equipment downtime. It also will enhance current operating procedures and substantially change the current spares policies.

RCM: Failure Consequences and Maintenance Tasks
1:30-2:15 p.m.
RCM Q5: In what ways does each failure matter?
Bill Mercier, T-Solutions
Focus on approaches to define and rank failure consequences in terms of severity as the presenter discusses this critical step of the RCM process and how it integrates with the overall RCM process.

2:15-3:00 p.m.
RCM Q6: What should be done to predict and prevent each failure?
Richard Overman
Question 6 of the SAE standard deals with proactive tasks and task intervals. The standard identifies proactive tasks as “on-condition, scheduled discard, scheduled restoration, and failure finding tasks.” This discussion addresses each of these task types in detail. You’ll be given information and ideas that will help you effectively evaluate when each task is technically feasible and worth doing.

RCM: Default Actions
4:00-4:45 p.m.
RCM Q7: What should be done if a proactive task cannot be found?
Bill Keeter, ARMS Reliability Engineers-USA, Inc.
Often during RCM analysis we identify failures for which a suitable proactive task cannot be identified. When this occurs we must decide whether running to failure or redesigning the system is an appropriate strategy. During this session Keeter will lead a group discussion on how to identify what steps should be taken if a suitable proactive task cannot be found.

Wednesday, May 25

Reliability Methods
8:00-8:45 a.m.
Introduction to Weibull
Bill Keeter, ARMS Reliability Engineers-USA, Inc.
Learn how to integrate information about failure mechanisms, maintenance costs, and operational costs of failures into the maintenance strategy decision process. The session will focus on the determination of strategies that optimize the maintenance task interval based on the Weibull characteristics of equipment failures.

8:45-9:30 a.m.
Proactive Root Cause
Bob Latino, Reliability Center Inc.
Traditionally RCA is utilized only after an event has occurred, so how can one call it proactive? This truism is explored through trying to understand the current paradigms that exist about RCA, what it is, and when it is used. Do we really have to wait for an undesirable outcome to occur in order to use RCA?

10:30-11:15 a.m.
Human Error Reduction
Mark Latino, Reliability Center Inc.
The human element is still a significant part of productivity. The amount of human error can be reduced by a factor of 3 to 4. There are 12 major human error traps that repeat enough to be considered chronic failures of the human element. This talk will discuss some of these and give suggestions to avoid human error traps.

11:15 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Cause Mapping: An Effective Approach to Root Cause Analysis
Mark Galley, CRE, ThinkReliability
Learn how Cause Mapping is used to effectively analyze, document, communicate, and solve complex problems in business using existing tools and software. Cause Mapping is a systems-based method of root cause analysis and is used for problem solving, incident investigation, process improvement, and Six Sigma projects.

Mini-Summit Session
1:30-2:30 p.m.
Mastering Reliability
Invited panelists: Al Weber, Charles Latino, Jack R. Nicholas, Jr.
Equipment reliability is the underpinning of lean maintenance and other enterprise and manufacturing performance processes. Join other conference participants in sharing experiences about what works and what doesn’t work when using reliability methods and reliability centered maintenance.


Tuesday, May 24

8:00 a.m.-4:45 p.m.
Technical and Commercial Innovations
A series of information-packed concurrent presentations by suppliers of maintenance and reliability products and services. Topics will cover subjects such as infrared, ultrasound, vibration, sensors, CMMS software, and more.

Wednesday, May 25

8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Technical and Commercial Innovations
A series of information-packed concurrent presentations by suppliers of maintenance and reliability products and services. Topics will cover subjects such as infrared, ultrasound, vibration, sensors, CMMS software, and more.

Mini-Summit Session
1:30-2:30 p.m.
Monitoring Machinery Health
Panelists to be announced
Accurate assessment of the condition of plant equipment is one of the fundamental principles of proactive maintenance. Come hear what conference speakers and participants have to say about selecting, using, and integrating predictive technologies to help increase plant reliability.


Tuesday, May 24

Special Extended Session
8:00-9:30 a.m.

Implementing Lubrication Excellence
Kenneth D. Peoples, Boeing Airplane Co.
Understanding seven basic principles can help change or improve how your Operations views the benefit of a lubrication process.

10:30-11:15 a.m.
Perspectives on STLE
Dr. Robert Gresham, Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers
An overview of STLE education and certification programs for industry professionals in the lubrication engineering and oil analysis fields.

11:15 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Contamination Control
Rojean Thomas, Trico Mfg. Corp.
Learn about various contaminants and their affect on lubrication and equipment and different proven methods for controlling contamination ingression.

Special Extended Session
1:30-3:00 p.m.

Wear Debris Analysis
Ray Dalley, Predict
Nonintrusive diagnostics such as vibration, motor testing, spectrometrics, and ferrography offer benefits to processing, power, and manufacturing industries.

4:00-4:45 p.m.
Sampling Techniques 101
Kevin Slater, Schematic Approach
Data acquisition presents an equipment and lubricant health profile, yet sampling techniques need to be sound for good results.

Wednesday, May 25

Special Extended Session
8:00-9:30 a.m.

Equipment Reliability
Steve Reilly, Design Maintenance Systems, Inc. (DMSI)
Asset Basic Care programs use operations, maintenance, and/or lubrication staff to physically inspect and verify the operating condition of work areas, processes, and fixed/mobile assets.

Special Extended Session
10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Condition Based Information Management
Andy Ling, Dingo Maintenance Systems
This interactive tutorial session will illustrate how management of machine condition information is trending to a more “process-oriented” approach.

Mini-Summit Session
1:30-2:30 p.m.
Lubrication Excellence
Invited panelists: Dr. Robert Gresham, Ken Peoples, Ken Bannister
Excellence in machinery lubrication depends on having the right people, right equipment, right lubricants, right information, and much more. Hear experts, drawn from the ranks of practitioners and consultants, discuss the most important issues that affect lubrication excellence.

Workshop Offerings

Eleven workshops will be presented over 2 days at MARTS 2005. Each workshop begins at 8 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m. Lunch and breaks are included with the workshop fee of $295. Attendees will receive a significant package of course materials including, in some cases, the workshop leader’s hardcover book. Registration information is available at www.MARTSconference.com. Seating is limited.

Pre-Conference Workshops, Monday, May 23

Developing Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)
Terry Wireman will cover issues such as how to conduct a benchmarking project, some traps to benchmarking, and the type of benchmarking that works best for maintenance.

Optimized Equipment Life Management
John Mitchell will outline the concepts and processes utilized successfully by leading organizations and top professionals to establish and maintain industry best performance.

Reliability Centered Maintenance
Peter Stock reviews the fundamentals of physical asset management and reliability centered maintenance. The workshop will explore 12 key areas where fundamental changes need to be made in the way we think.

Integrating Predictive Maintenance Technologies
Jim Hall, with the assistance of Jim Brady and Robert Richardson, will demonstrate the value of integrating technologies such as airborne ultrasound, infrared imaging, and vibration analysis with hands-on displays and case histories.

Cause Mapping—Effective Root Cause Analysis
Mark Galley will explain this visual system thinking approach for analyzing, documenting, communicating, and solving complex problems.

Lubrication Fundamentals
Ken Bannister will provide a fundamental understanding of how and why effective lubrication practices are an essential aspect of industrial equipment maintenance.

Post-Conference Workshops, Thursday, May 26

Lean Maintenance: Doing More with Less
Robert Williamson will help participants understand the basics of lean manufacturing, lean equipment management, and the roots of “lean maintenance” found in the frequently misunderstood TPM.

Closing the Material Gap: Integrated Materials and Reliability Programs
Chuck Cox will highlight each step in the process of building storeroom practices that boost the benefits of reliability programs.

Reliability Engineering for Maintenance Practitioners
Vee Narayan will address aspects of equipment failure: both physical degradation mechanisms as well as their statistical treatment. Participants will hear when and how to apply a variety of reliability tools for their most cost-effective use.

Introduction to Vibration Analysis
Scott Dow will introduce participants to the basic theory of vibration amplitude, frequency, trends, and spectrums, with special emphasis on the practical aspects of these subjects.

Oil Analysis
Ray Thibault, CLS, OMA, will show how specification tests relate to field performance. This understanding is necessary to select the best oil for a specific application.

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Professional Development Courses, Examinations

Two Professional Development Series short courses cover three days of course time (May 23-25). Course registration fee is $995 for the 8 a.m.-3 p.m. sessions, including lunch.

Maintenance & Reliability Professional Review
Presented by Mastering Maintenance Distance Learning, this course will cover proven techniques for building a high-performance maintenance program. It is based on the Society for Maintenance & Reliability Professionals’ skills inventory. The instructor is Dave Krings, CMRP.

Lubrication Specialist Review
Presented by Ray Thibault, this course will prepare participants to evaluate and select the proper lubricants to use, recommend changes in lubricants, learn to consolidate lubricant inventory, conduct a lube survey, and create and manage a used lubricant analysis program.
To register for short courses, telephone toll free (800) 223-3423,






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