April 13, 2009 | Dave Janney

TapRooT® Summit – Building Your Business Case

Equipment Reliability and Maintenance Track

The Summit is fast approaching, and you want to attend (of course)! Nevertheless, we understand that for you to spend your valuable time away from work and fund attendance to an event like the Summit, you have to be able to show your organization the benefits.

I’d like to discuss the Equipment Reliability and Maintenance Track to show you what you’ll learn so you can make your case to management to let you attend.  First of all, you’ll meet in the morning and afternoon with attendees from all tracks to hear the keynote speakers:

•  Dr. Joel Fish, Brian Tink, and Jim Thompson will talk about how just one root cause analysis changed an industry practice.

•  E.D. Hill from Fox News will talk about “Lessons Learned from Success.”  

•  Mike Kelley will deliver an empowering talk called “Establishing a Culture that Promotes Super-Performance” where he will discuss his view that personal and professional growth are tied together and how they ultimately add to the success of the organization.

•  Mark Paradies, our President, and Dave Prewitt will present thoughts on systematic ways to manage performance. 

•  Best selling author John Miller will open the day on Friday with a powerful talk on personal accountability. 

These keynote talks provide a good balance of usable techniques, personal improvement, and motivation, and alone are easily worth the $995!

Beyond the keynote talks, the Equipment Reliability and Maintenance Track provides even more value, including sessions with Heinz & Ken Bloch, world-renowned equipment reliability experts.  Let’s look at the other sessions in the track in more detail:

•  In “The Biggest Equipment Reliability Problems Facing the Process Industry,” Heinz will share information about problems with pumps, mechanical seals, bearings, oil, and lubrication processes.  More importantly, learn about the solutions to these common issues that manufacturers do not know or will not tell you.

•  In “Success Stories from the Field,” Dennis Ward will discuss “Improving Performance by Analyzing Multiple Aviation Incidents for Common Causes,” and Ron Pryor will present “Using TapRooT® in a Kaizen Project to Improve Product Quality,” showing how TapRooT® can be used proactively in conjunction with your quality improvement processes.  

•  Another session by Heinz is entitled “How to Become Best in Class in Equipment Reliability by Maximizing Uptime.”  In this session he will discuss vendor partnerships, bid evaluation concepts, project management, and reliability management strategies.  This one session alone could easily be worth the cost of the summit.

•  Heinz will also be on the panel with Ken Reed and Ken Bloch facilitating “Equipment Reliability Best Practice Sharing.”  Bring your questions for the panel; more importantly, bring your best practices to share with the other attendees in this interactive forum.

•  Ken Bloch will also present “Persistent Equipment Failures & Their Solutions.”

•  Kevin McManus will present “Finding Time for Process Excellence – No Fuel, No Progress.” This presentation will include an interactive exercise designed to help you eliminate non-value added time and better utilize your process improvement time investments.  If you could eliminate wasted effort from your day, how long would it take to recoup $995?

•  In “Equipment Reliability Improvement,” Mark Olson will discuss “Applying Reliability, Availability, and Maintainability Modeling to Improve Performance,” and Tim Thompson will give us “Ideas for Reliability Improvement.”  In this session, everything from proactive reliability programs to leveraging metrics will be shared.  You will not want to miss this one.

•  Jason Laws will present “Trouble Shooting Plant Process Upsets: The Application of Customizable Equifactor® Trouble Shooting Tables to Capture the Knowledge of Your Sages and Wiz Kids. “  Come hear how Jason leveraged Equifactor® to improve his operation.  Don’t let your process and equipment experts retire and take all the knowledge with them; use the custom Equifactor® tables to collect information and build your troubleshooting processes so they stand the test of time.

That is a lot of value for $995!  And that does not count the benchmarking with old and new friends from your and other industries. 

Heinz Bloch, Ken Bloch & Ken Reed

And by the way, there is one more thing – the last session you attend will be “Planning Your Improvements” where TapRooT® Instructors will facilitate attendees in developing action plans for when you return.  The difference in success and failure can come down to one simple process; setting goals and following through to achieve them.

Write down the value to you of each of these sessions, and put some thought around your maintenance failure and troubleshooting costs.  What if you could reduce these costs just a small %?  How much is the summit worth to you?  I think you’ll agree, it is much more than the cost.

Don’t forget our guarantee:  Attend the Summit and go back to work and use what you’ve learned.  If you don’t get at least 10 times the return on your investment, simply return the Summit materials and we’ll refund the entire fee.

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P.S. – I would be remiss if I did not mention that it is also a great idea to come two days early and attend a two-day course at a cost of $1895 for a course and the summit (a $200 discount).  If you have not attended the TapRooT®/Eqifactor® Equipment Troubleshooting and Root Cause Analysis Course, there is a special 2-day version of the course on October 5-6. See:


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