November 4, 2008 | Mark Paradies

Heinz Bloch’s Advice for Improving Equipment Reliability and Saving Big $$$

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It was great talking to Heinz Bloch at the 2008 TapRooT® Summit. He is one of the world’s preeminent experts in equipment reliability. And that’s why his advice is so profound. I wish I had more time to learn from true gurus from around the world. Maybe we should schedule the Summit more often (after all, it’s still almost another year to the 2009 Summit in Nashville, Tennessee, on October 7-9).

What did he tell me in our conversation? First, that the biggest reliability problem at any industrial facility is repeat failures. He said he would “Bet a dollar on a donut,” that if you went into any machine shop, 90%+ of the work being done would be to fix equipment that had failed before. Heinz said there were only two reasons that equipment kept failing over and over:

1. Ineffective root cause analysis.

2. Ineffective corrective actions.

Heinz said that the first cause – ineffective root cause analysis – was the most likely problem in maintenance organizations.

Heinz said that the fix was so obvious that everyone should be applying it. They simply had to learn and apply the troubleshooting and root cause analysis tools in Equifactor® and TapRooT®. They could fix the root causes and stop the repeat failures. This would save amazing amounts of money for companies because their equipment failure rate would plummet.

He then said that if people were using TapRooT®, ineffective corrective actions would not be a problem … unless there was some sort of organizational reason that people were not fixing things (budget problems or some political reason that made people unwilling to change).

He convinced me that stopping repeat equipment failures should be the focus of the Equipment Reliability and Maintenance Best Practices Track at the 2009 TapRooT® Summit.

If you have applied TapRooT® to stop equipment failures at your facility, call Ken Reed at 865-539-2139. Tell him your story. You can present what you’ve done at the Summit, get free Summit tuition, and earn a TapRooT® Success Story Award.

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