Mastering the Asset Reliability Transformation® [ART] process
Achieving success takes knowledge, skill, and drive. The ART process will guide you through the minefield that is "reliability improvement" and this training will enable you to gain the best results from the ART process.
ART Training & Education from Mobius Institute™
In order to successfully execute the entire ART process, knowledge and competence must exist across the entire spectrum of reliability improvement, from the establishment and business case of the program, through culture change, through maintenance practices including planning and scheduling and precision maintenance, through project management and RAMS analysis, through improved production techniques, including condition monitoring measurement and analysis, and the analytical process to continuously make improvement. It is not necessary for a single person to master every subject. It is necessary for the leader of the initiative to have a solid understanding of the entire process and be supported by people, such as reliability engineers, condition monitoring specialists, maintenance personnel, and so on, who have detailed knowledge when necessary.
If a person is relatively new to reliability improvement, then the three-day ARP-A “Reliability Advocate” course is the ideal place to start. It will provide a solid overview of reliability and performance improvement plus a summary of the ART process.
The ARP-E “Reliability Engineer” course does not focus on the ART process, however it does provide detailed training on the majority of the technical areas necessary to support a reliability program leader in the execution of the reliability program. That knowledge is required to be successful in the ACQUIRE phase, DISCIPLINE phase, CARE phase, ANALYTICS phase, and EOL phase.
The ARP-L “Reliability Program Leader” course is a four-and-a-half day course that takes the leader of the initiative through the entire ART process.
The majority of the time is focused on the economics role of reliability and establishing the business case (the VALUE phase), the psychology of reliability and culture change (the PEOPLE phase), and the establishment and execution of the implementation process (the STRATEGY phase), and the continual improvement of the process (the optimize phase). We also spend a great deal of time on the strategy required to break out of the reactive maintenance cycle of doom (the CONTROL phase). The remainder of the time is a detailed summary of the remaining phases of the ART process.
At the end of the Reliability Program Leader course, an individual will clearly understand the ART process and will be confident in their ability to implement a reliability improvement process.
However, the ART process is made up of ten phases, each with a series of major steps (and those steps include major items such as planning and scheduling, condition monitoring, and other significant elements of a program). The steps are made up of numerous recommended practices that define the major goals and milestones of the steps. The ARP-L Reliability Program Leader course focuses on the steps in the VALUE, STRATEGY, PEOPLE, CONTROL, and OPTIMIZE phases and summarizes the steps in the remaining phases (ACQUIRE, DISCIPLINE, ANALYTICS, and EOL).
Additional training and guidance is necessary to understand all of the steps and all of the recommended practices.
- Asset Reliability Transformation books
Books are under development which will provide more information about the ART phases, steps, and recommended practices.
The “ART overview” book summarizes the entire process. It does not provide details of the recommended practices, but it does provide a generous summary of each step. This has been completed and you can find it here.
The remaining ten books, one for each phase, provides details on every recommended practice.
- Asset Reliability Transformation training
At this writing, training is being developed on each phase, each step, and each and every recommended practice. It is not recommended that an individual goes through each module on each recommended practice as a single course. Instead, a person (or team) can learn about each phase, and then learn more about each step when required. When your team decides to focus on one of the steps, you can then assess each of the recommended practices, and where additional information is required, take the training on that recommended practice to make it crystal clear what we recommend your organization should do to be successful.
This training is available in video format. It is intended to be taken by any person who is involved with the execution of the strategy.
- Supplemental reliability improvement training
In many cases, the steps, and therefore the recommended practices, overlap with other training that provides far more detail.
For example, one of the steps recommends developing an asset strategy. You may choose to follow the RCM, FMECA, or PMO process in order to develop the asset strategy. You can take the detailed training that covers those methodologies, or you can take the specific ART training that simply focuses on the important recommended practices or milestones that must be executed in order to successfully complete that step. For the most part, the ART training is not intended to be your primary resource for understanding the methodology, whether that is RCM, planning and scheduling, vibration analysis, or anything else.
The primary purpose of the ART specific training is to provide guidance through the ART process, not to provide detailed training on each of the elements involved in improving reliability and performance.
- What if I don’t want to follow the ART process?
The ART process is simply a roadmap through each of the steps that must be executed in order to improve reliability. Based on our years of experience, we have chosen how to group them into phases, and more importantly, how to determine when they should be performed and how to best perform them.
However, if you have developed your own strategy which differs from ours, then our training will still help you be successful. At the end of the day, our training covers a multitude of topics from business case development, culture change, asset strategy development, reliability analysis, condition monitoring, and so many other topics. You need to be trained on those topics. Whether you execute them in the same order that we recommend is totally up to you.