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Strategic Implementation and Leadership in R&M "Boot Camp" (for implementers at all levels)

The Strategic Implementation and Leadership in R&M Bootcamp course is for any person planning, implementing or leading a reliability and/or maintainability initiative (small or large). It is also for individuals or teams that are struggling with implementation of R&M at the plant floor, team or organizational level. The topics, discussions and exercises covered will build on proven R&M concepts (for any type of company) and quickly get into business excellence models, life cycle asset management as a strategy, risk management, understanding continuous improvement and culture for success, top quartile KPI’s, and strategy & planning for R&M, Part of the third day will be focused on tying it all together in a review of course learning and developing your roadmap towards enabling R&M business excellence. This course assumes that you understand the basics of some R&M tools/technologies/methodologies (RCM, uptime improvement, basic metrics, reactive to predictive maintenance effort, CMMS, planning & scheduling, MRO spare parts, and so on). It’s about knowing how to utilize R&M as a competitive advantage. More specifically, knowing what allows you to compete, what defines your level of competitiveness and what allows you to win.

Topics covered:

  • Why R&M is critical to your operational success-key concepts
  • What leaders should know to enable R&M excellence
  • Reliability of people, process and product= reliable and stable operation = safe and cost effective operation
  • Life Cycle Asset Management
  • R&M Business Excellence models
  • Justifying R&M initiatives
  • Maximizing ROI with R&M
  • Knowing what:
  • Allows you to compete
    • Defines your level of competitiveness
    • Allows you to win
  • Best Practice Key Performance Indicators
  • Using R&M to move to Top Quartile KPl’s (safety, productivity, asset utilization, OEE, inventory, culture, cost, etc.)
  • Understanding Continuous Improvement and impacts of an engaged workforce
  • Managing the R&M culture
  • R&M Levels of Maturity
    • Knowing where you are and what next
    • Understanding the KPI to Maturity Level relationship
  • Strategic Planning for R&M
  • Developing your R&M Roadmap


Dr. Klaus M. Blache

Dr. Blache has over 30 years of experience in various areas of manufacturing and continuous improvement (processes, products and people). Included are areas such as lean manufacturing, reliability & maintenance, competitive analysis, continuous improvement tools & techniques, new facility planning and implementation, industrial engineering, ergonomics, and change management. In the past seven years he has visited/worked with about 200 facilities and has written and lectured globally in numerous technical and management areas. Klaus is currently at the University of Tennessee as the Director of the Reliability & Maintainability Center and Research Professor (College of Engineering). Prior to that, his most recent corporate assignments were Manufacturing Engineering Director (Cadillac), Engineering Launch Manager (new assembly plant), Global Manager of Manufacturing Reliability & Maintenance, and Manager – Corporate Industrial Engineering for General Motors. His experiences include implementing large changes and sustainable continuous improvement all around the world, developing a Corporate R&M process and global implementation, plant assessments/benchmarking and numerous related assignments. Klaus is also a past Chairman of SMRP (Society of Maintenance & Reliability Professionals).

Tom Dabbs

Tom Dabbs is a consultant with The University of Tennessee RMC (Reliability & Maintainability Center).  A powerful and engaging facilitator, instructor, coach and practitioner, Tom has over 35 years experience in delivering equipment reliability strategies and reliability focused asset management solutions. Tom has delivered solutions in mining, metals, forest products, automotive, chemicals, food processing, petrochemicals, pump manufacturing and general industries.

Prior to joining UT-RMC Tom worked for DXP Enterprises where he served as Director of Smart Reliability responsible for developing and on-board continuous remote condition monitoring system for the rotating equipment manufactured by DXP.  Prior to that Tom worked for ITT Goulds Pumps where he served as Program Manager for Asset Management responsible for developing and deploying an asset management program for customer pumping systems. Tom also worked at Life Cycle Engineering (LCE) where he served as Vice President of Operations responsible for building and managing reliability focused consulting practice and delivering reliability driven transitions from reactive to proactive maintenance for a number of Fortune 500 customers. After a four year stint in the U.S. Navy where Tom learned the fundamentals of maintenance as an Aviation Electronics Technician Tom attended Clemson University where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering and spent several years with Fluor Daniel where he served in all areas of their maintenance operations including a maintenance consulting practice concentrated on implementation of Proactive Asset Management.

An accomplished author and speaker, Tom has published numerous articles and delivered hundreds of seminars and workshops worldwide.

Note: 2nd Instructor may be substituted based on availability.

Course Details

Continuing Education Credits Included

Format: Public Course

Category: Leadership

Language: English

Members: $1,495
Non-Members: $1,695

Thursday, February 14 at 8:00am to 4:30pm

Tampa, FL 4890 West Kennedy Blvd. STE 300 Tampa FL 33609

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MRO Spare Parts, Scheduling, RCM, Uptime improvement, Basic Metrics, Planning and Scheduling


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