August 10, 2021 | Mark Paradies

Kevin’s Ideas To Improve Equipment Reliability

Equipment Reliability – Going Beyond Equifactor® Troubleshooting and TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis

If you read this blog regularly, you already know about the effectiveness of using Equifactor® Equipment Troubleshooting and TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis in an Asset/Equipment Reliability Improvement Program. If not, read “First Step To Improving Asset Reliability.”

Of course, there is much more to learn about improving equipment/asset reliability.

Kevin teaching Equifactor®
Kevin Teaching

Kevin McManus, one of our Equifactor®/TapRooT® Instructors, recently wrote an article titled:

Top Seven Equipment Reliability Improvement Tips

He starts out his article with…

An organization needs an effective equipment reliability improvement process for two main reasons. First, such a process helps minimize process costs. More importantly, it helps ensure that the company can get products or services to its customers when they are desired. Equipment reliability may be a hot topic, but too many organizations continue to struggle to put a formal equipment reliability system in place. Here are my top seven equipment reliability improvement tips I have learned from applying this concept in multiple organizations.

Kevin McManus

Kevin’s Top 7 Tips

Learn About Kevin’ top seven tips by clicking on this link:

I think you will find these ideas important when designing your program.

Find Out About Equifactor® Equipment Troubleshooting

What is in a 2-Day Equifactor® Equipment Troubleshooting & TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis? Here is the Course Outline…

Course Outline


  • Introductions
  • Understanding What Happened – SnapCharT® Basics
  • SnapCharT® Exercise
  • Collecting Information
  • Failure Modes and Failure Agents
  • Equifactor® Troubleshooting Tables
  • Human Errors
  • Process Troubleshooting
  • Example: Troubleshooting a Seawater Pump


  • TapRooT®/Equifactor® Software Introduction
  • Identifying Causal Factors
  • Introduction to the Root Cause Tree®
  • Exercise: Walking Through the Root Cause Tree®
  • Exercise: Teams Find Root Causes Using the Root Cause Tree®
  • Change Analysis
  • Change Analysis Exercise
  • Final Exercise: Solving a Major Equipment Issue

The course materials include the book, Using Equifactor® Troubleshooting Tools and TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis to Improve Equipment Reliability, a TapRooT® Root Cause Tree®, the Root Cause Tree® Dictionary, and the Corrective Action Helper® Guide, a $129 value. The book includes a complete set of Heinz Bloch’s troubleshooting tables.

Upon completion of the course, attendees will receive a certificate of completion and a 90-day subscription to TapRooT® VI Software, our dynamic cloud-based software that computerizes the Equifactor® and TapRooT® Techniques.

Equifactor® Course Guarantee

Attend this course, go back to work, and use what you have learned to analyze accidents, incidents, near-misses, equipment failures, operating issues, or quality problems. If you don’t find root causes that you previously would have overlooked and if you and your management don’t agree that the corrective actions that you recommend are much more effective, just return your course materials/software and we will refund the entire course fee.

Register for an Equifactor® Course

CLICK HERE to register for a 2-Day Equifactor® Equipment Troubleshooting and TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis Course.

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