Paying for the Sins of the Past: Your Improvement Initiative is Not Magical.

Friday, 08 April 2016 by Shon Isenhour

Today is a dose of reality, a tantalizing tenet of truth, a point to ponder, if you will. The point is you have to pay for the sins of the past whether you are talking about your health or the reliability of your facility. Said differently, you can't smoke for 25 years and expect to have the lungs of a track star the day you quit. Now I know this seems obvious, but if it truly were obvious...

Piloting Your Way Through The Danger Zone: A Look at Learning to be a Jedi

Monday, 04 April 2016 by Shon Isenhour

Learning has many variables and paths that you might follow as you travel to mastery of a skill. The skill could be one of mathematics, problem solving, or even being a pilot or a Jedi. As you learn the new activity or skill you travel about the graphic above.While this graphic is only a learning model, we can see three distinct zones that could yield interesting thoughts as one analyzes the...

Failure curves and P-F intervals linked and explained: Tying the two most important reliability engineering curves together to generate a better picture of failure

Thursday, 31 March 2016 by Shon Isenhour

During the early development of what would become Reliability Centered Maintenance, Nowlan and Heap gave us six failure curves to the left. When folks first see that sixty eight percent fall into the infant mortality curve then the doubt fairy tends to show up. "Sixty eight percent of the failures in my facility are not instant or early on start up." With this thought they then discount the...

Preconceived Notions Get in Your Way with RCA

Friday, 25 March 2016 by Shon Isenhour

Preconceived notions very commonly get in your way with Root Cause Analysis. Here is a perfect example. In this picture you can plainly see that the people on the left are taller right? Look again... Maybe we did not have all of the facts at first. It seems that in the video there is more going on than we thought. Our notions of what a room is and how it is typically shaped do not hold true in...

Learning through Application for Return On Investment

Wednesday, 23 March 2016 by Shon Isenhour
As we develop new curriculum for our clients, we have put an incredible amount of focus on moving them from "training for training sake" to training for a documented return on investment. Today I thought I would share a few of the elements that you might look for or create for your training efforts to drive a return on investment.

Three Ways To Stop The Power Point Madness and Increase Retention!

Monday, 21 March 2016 by Shon Isenhour

Last week I had the unfortunate experience of setting through a 300 PowerPoint slide training session that was delivered in 90 minutes. People it was painful, overwhelming, and frustrating. We have got to put a stop to the "Death by PowerPoint" mentality of training. It is born out of the needs of the instructor more than the needs of the student. Shouldn't it be the other way around? ...

Reliability Confessions of the Not Quite Best Practice

Wednesday, 16 March 2016 by Shon Isenhour

You have secrets. Secrets that have robbed the reliability from your facility and its assets. Sometimes it just makes you feel better if you confess your secrets publicly. Maybe you should let a few of your secrets go today, and bask in the relief that follows. Today, you have that chance using the anonymous post feature in the comments section below.  But first let me share a few secrets I...

iBL Graduate of the Month

Wednesday, 17 February 2016 by Madelaine Hallman-Kenner

 

This month's Graduate of the Month goes to Whitney Hurlbut! Whitney is from Halifax, Nova Scotia, and currently living in Esterhazy, Saskatchewan working as a Reliability Engineer for The Mosaic Company. She graduated from Dalhousie University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. During her time there she was fortunate enough to work briefly in a variety of industries including open pit...

iBL Graduate of the Month

Wednesday, 06 January 2016 by Madelaine Hallman-Kenner

Matthew Parker came into the Maintenance and Reliability Engineering iBL curriculum with an interesting background. While in college, he took advantage of three internships including a manufacturing role with Altec Industries, a design engineering role with Cummins Filtration, and a maintenance role with Kruger Products.

iBL Graduate of the month

Monday, 23 November 2015 by Madelaine Hallman-Kenner

Rick Clonan: Blended Learning Graduate of the Month

Rick Clonan is our newest graduate from the New iBL Planning and Scheduling curriculum. We debuted this revolutionary way to train planners and schedulers in July of this year to follow the incredibly successful Reliability and Maintenance Engineering and Managers curriculum. Rick along with his other teammates work through the 6 month...