Lean manufacturing, increasing legislation & higher customer expectations means that yesterday’s reliability will no longer be acceptable tomorrow.

Lean manufacturing, increasing legislation & higher customer expectations means that yesterday’s reliability will no longer be acceptable tomorrow. We need to up our game in terms of reliability.

This programme aims to provide delegates with a comprehensive understanding of how to manage reliability throughout the life of equipment in order to maximize its performance and be competitive in today’s aggressive business environment.


The programme is delivered in a combination of lecture style and computer-based training. In addition, a significant amount of time is set aside for small working group activity when addressing case study problems. Extensive use is made of case study material to underline the key aspects of the course and to give the delegates exposure to current best practice.

Who Should Attend

This practical course is for design, maintenance, operations and equipment reliability professionals, supervisors and senior technicians involved in improving the performance of equipment. The concepts introduced in this course apply to all types of equipment in all operating environments and industries.

Programme Objectives

This seminar is an in-depth treatment of the major factors that have to be considered in order to assess and improve the reliability of equipment. It has been designed to illustrate fundamental reliability concepts without having to resort to complex mathematics. Its purpose is to bridge the gap between the rather theoretical subject of “Reliability Engineering” and day-to-day equipment maintenance & operating practice by emphasizing the common goals of reliability, design, operations and maintenance.

At the end of this seminar participants will be able to:,

  • Apply the proven methodologies and templates which are introduced
  • Focus on key areas of reliability
  • Understand the nature of failure and how this affects performance of equipment
  • Make the right maintenance choices for strategic equipment
  • Reduce the impact of plant downtime
  • Unlock the true potential of all of their people

Programme Outline

Day 1: Understanding the link between Reliability and competitive advantage

  • Definition of Reliability
  • Strategic Importance of Reliability
  • Reliability Consistency Safety
  • Assessing current performance
  • Making the right strategic choices
  • Basic modelling building blocks
  • Deterministic models
  • Probabilistic models
  • Markov chains
  • Monte Carlo models
  • Case study examples

Day 2: Reliability Centred Maintenance

  • Historical development
  • Operating context
  • Functions
  • Functional failures
  • Failure modes
  • Failure management options
  • The RCM process
  • Workshop example

Day 3: Setting up a Reliability Improvement Programme

  • Assessing the improvement potential versus the costs
  • Making estimates when data is uncertain
  • Obtaining senior management support
  • Reliability improvement process
  • Reliability improvement projects
  • Reliability improvement programme
  • Technical aspects
  • Human considerations
  • Likely results Failure modes & effects analysis
  • Case Study Examples

Trainer Profile

Paul Wheelhouse BSc (Hons) C.Eng. MIET worked for ICI in a variety of senior maintenance and production roles for 18 years. A large part of this time was devoted to enhancing the performance of plant, work processes and the functioning of groups. His last post was European Operations Manager for a Specialty Chemicals Business where he was responsible for both in-house manufacturing and contract manufacturing across the European Union.
For the past 20 years Paul has been engaged in Reliability, Maintenance and Asset Management consulting. This has involved identifying solutions for clients to enhance their return on assets through improved equipment reliability, reduced working capital and effective use of resources. His assignments have been across a multitude of industries located around the world. He regularly makes contributions to maintenance conferences and maintenance-related publications.
Paul is a Chartered Engineer, a member of the Institution of Engineering Technology, and a former council member of the Institute of Asset Management. He is also a visiting lecturer at the University of Manchester in the UK where he lectures on their Reliability Engineering & Asset Management MSc programme.

Course Cost Available on request

Date TBC

Location Louis Fitzgerald Hotel

Engineers Ireland – CPD Credits awarded 

CPD Credit = 1  day CPD Credit (7 Hours)  C1

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