March 4, 2008 | Mark Paradies

Knowledge to Improve Equipment Reliability

People ask me where they can get knowledge that will help them improve their equipment reliability. My first answer is that they can analyze their current equipment failure problems using TapRooT® and Equifactor® and get real insight into their failure causes.

If you would like to see a PDF of a presentation about TapRooT® and Equifactor®, click here.

But reactive use of Equifactor® is just the start. The new TapRooT® Book has three different ways that you can use Equifactor® proactively to improve equipment reliability:

1) Installation problem prevention.

2) Preventive/predictive maintenance development.

3) Equipment monitoring capability and routine operation surveillance development.

For more information about the new TapRooT® Book, click here.

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To order your copy of the TapRooT® Book, click here.


Equifactor® was based on Heinz Bloch’s book, Machinery Failure Analysis and Troubleshooting. You can buy the book on-line at many of the on-line book sales sites or by calling the System Improvements at 865-539-2139.

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If you would like to learn more from Heinz in a face-to-face meeting, plan to attend the TapRooT® Summit in Las Vegas on June 25-27. There is a special track on Equipment Reliability and Maintenance Best Practices. Part of the track is “Bloch Day.” In four best practice sessions, Heinz Bloch and Ken Bloch will share their latest knowledge to improve equipment reliability and help you achieve best-in-class equipment reliability.

For more information about the Equipment Reliability and Maintenance Best Practices Track at the TapRooT® Summit, click of the “Equipment Reliability & Maintenance Best Practices” button at:

Before the Summit, you can also attend a Special 2-Day Equifactor® Equipment Troubleshooting and Root Cause Analysis Course or the Engineering Equipment Reliability Techniques Course. For information about these courses, scroll down the page at:

Need more? The next stop is on-line training. For example, SKF offers on-line training at their SKF Reliability Maintenance Institute On-line. One possible course to register for is the “WE 170 Basics of Industrial Seals for Rotating Motion” course.

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These ideas should provide you with more than enough knowledge to get your equipment reliability improvement program into high gear. So don’t hesitate. Start your learning today! And get signed up for the TapRooT® Summit so that you can experience all the learning, networking, and benchmarking that will help you define and refine your equipment reliability improvement strategies.

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