A 12-step process that will help you break out of the reactive maintenance cycle of doom.

Reactive maintenance is expensive and dangerous. Constant breakdowns often lead to missed targets, bad relations between maintenance and production, late-night call-outs, and frustrating work days. Budgets blow out, injuries occur, rework is the norm, and planning is almost impossible.

If this sounds like your world, we have some good news!

The Maintenance Reliability Transformation [MRT] method is a 12-step process that will help you break out of the reactive maintenance cycle of doom. Not sure what we mean by the “cycle of doom”?
IMAGE ON THE RIGHT: Keep clicking the center of the “Reactive cycle” animation for a painful reminder ⇒.


You could decide to shoot for “world-class reliability” by following the Asset Reliability Transformation process with the aid of the Asset Reliability Practitioner courses, but if you are knee-deep in breakdowns and feel that world-class would be unrealistic, then we suggest you consider a different path. Instead, we recommend that you “lower your eyes” and aim to get the basics right and thus get the breakdowns under control.


How does MRT work?

The basic idea behind the Maintenance Reliability Transformation [MRT] process is that we focus on the equipment that consumes the bulk of your time, eliminate the tasks that waste your time, improve the way we manage the maintenance tasks, improve the quality of the work performed, and monitor the health of the equipment so we can plan for future failures – all with your existing personnel. There will be fewer failures, more order, and less frustration!

The MRT process has 12 major steps and 78 documented “recommended practices” that guide you every step of the way. 78 may seem like a lot of steps but if it was easy you would not need our assistance. Besides, you just need to focus on the first item. Then the second. And then… We will provide you with a handy tool so you can check them off as you complete them.

But remember, we are not shooting for world-class condition monitoring, planning and scheduling, reliability analysis, or anything else. We will take small steps, one after the other, and get the reactive beast under control. And when you achieve that goal, you can follow the Asset Reliability Transformation process to achieve organization-wide, best-in-class reliability and plant performance.

  • 12 Steps in the MRT Process
  • 78 Recommended MRT practices
  • 171 Videos related to MRT
  • 34 Hours of training videos
  • 26 Hours of video on the 12 steps
  • 365 Days per year that won't be wrecked by breakdowns

How does the training work?

We have created 26 hours of video that explains the steps, plus 8 hours of “background” training. And we have additional training modules in the Team package that provide even more training and refresher modules.


How can I learn more?

If you would like to learn more details, please visit the MRT details page.

For a detailed description of how the MRT training process works, and how you can best utilize the process depending upon your unique situation, please read the MRT process guide.


Read the book to help you along the way

If you like to read, highlight passages, and dog-ear the pages, we have the Breaking out of the Reactive Maintenance Cycle of Doom book by the author of the training, Jason Tranter. Scroll down for more details. You can also order it here.


How can I take the course?

You have three ways to buy this training (hint: choose the third option):

MRT Quick-start Package

You can take the MRT Quick-start package and treat it like a normal course. You can even take an exam and become certified. You will have a limited time to complete the online training and then you can optionally follow the Breaking Out of the Reactive Maintenance Cycle of Doom book for the rest of the journey.

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MRT Solo Package

You can take the MRT Solo package choosing either one year or two year access to the training plus some additional resources that will help you achieve your goal – but the training is just for you. It will take time to defeat reactive maintenance and our training will guide you every step of the way.

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MRT Team Package

Or you can take the MRT Team package to ensure your success. You will have access to the training and extra bonus resources, but so will the rest of your maintenance team, and you can even invite people from operations/production, engineering, and others. Everyone needs to understand what it will take to succeed. Everyone needs to contribute to the process. Therefore, everyone needs to take the appropriate training. That’s why, to defeat the reactive maintenance beast, you need this package.

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Breaking Out of the Reactive Maintenance Cycle of Doom

By Jason Tranter, ARP

The CONTROL Phase of the Asset Reliability Transformation

For too long, books have focused on going from “zero to hero,” leaping from reactive maintenance to world-class maintenance, reliability, and business performance in a single bound. Very few succeed…
This book explains 78 recommended practices, in 12 major areas, that will let you regain control of maintenance one small step at a time. It is not about “what” or “why” – you will learn “how” and “when” to make changes.
You will put the fundamentals in place to reduce future failures, see future problems coming, and deal with all maintenance activities in a smooth, consistent, and disciplined manner.
If your goal is to follow the Asset Reliability Transformation (ART) process, then reactive maintenance will present a major roadblock that you must overcome. The CONTROL phase will give you the confidence, credibility, and freedom to launch from good to great.

There are three phases before this one, which we call the CONTROL phase:

VALUE: Understand the needs of the business, assess the current state, create the business plan, and gain senior management support.

PEOPLE: Create a culture where everyone believes in the need to improve reliability and they have the skills, knowledge, and desire to contribute.

STRATEGY: Establish a steering committee, develop an asset strategy (strategic maintenance plan), and develop the plan to grow from the current state to the desired state.

While we recommend that you go through these three phases before embarking upon this phase, we have written this book so that if your primary goal is to break out of the reactive maintenance cycle of doom, you will achieve that goal.

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