You think you need reliability engineering. What if you could achieve Reliability Excellence?

When your site follows reliability engineering best practices, it becomes more productive, proactive, and profitable

How much does a breakdown cost you? A recent graduate of our Reliability Engineering Certification program estimates every hour of unplanned equipment downtime costs his operation nearly $50,000. 

 

That’s not on the high end, either – Siemens reports the cost of a lost hour now ranges from an average of $39,000 for factories producing fast moving consumer goods, to more than $2 million an hour in automotive. Among Fortune Global 500 companies, the annual cost of downtime is $129 million per facility.

The toll of unplanned downtime goes beyond financial concerns such as higher operating and maintenance costs and lower productivity. There are also human costs, like:

  • Sleepless nights playing out the “what ifs” if you can’t uphold your compliance commitments.
  • Strain on employees who continually find themselves in “firefighting” mode.
  • Poor work-life balance for workers who log chronic overtime to make up for production shortfalls.


You may think you need a reliability engineer. What you may need is a reliability transformation. If your team is in firefighting mode, trying to get offline machines back up and running, a single person isn’t going to be enough. That’s where we come in.

We pioneered the Reliability Excellence® movement, and have been helping companies improve for almost 50 years.

Whether you have an active and underperforming plant or you’re building a new operation, we’ve got you covered.

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Reliability is a mindset

Whether facilities are new or old, large or small, simple or complex, reliable operations require a shared set of values, common performance expectations, proven work processes and well-established measurement criteria. In these operations, a focus on reliability engineering becomes a competitive advantage by directly impacting cost, quality, throughput and safety. 

It’s why we invented Reliability Excellence — a proven process that views an operation holistically by looking at equipment, people, processes and technology — to promote reliability throughout your organization. The Reliability Excellence journey requires building the foundation of principles and culture, establishing and optimizing the processes and procedures that create reliability, and putting in place the management and reporting elements that drive sustainability and continuous improvement.

The result? A collaborative relationship between maintenance and other departments, such as engineering, operations, production, quality, finance and regulatory, that’s critical to achieving and sustaining excellence and overall business performance.

A risk-based asset management (RBAM) strategy is a critical step in reliability engineering, and crucial to achieving Reliability Excellence.

With an RBAM strategy, you’ll get the most out of your physical assets while preserving their capital value, optimize your maintenance schedule for increased asset uptime, and meet production specs.

Why is risk-based asset management critical?

At some point, your assets are going to need maintenance to avoid breakdown. Breakdowns and equipment failures happen — it’s not a matter of if, it’s when. Reliability centered maintenance is about understanding how equipment fails and the most effective way to address the failure.   

Risk-based asset management takes that a step further. We’ll help you identify your most critical assets and the risk they pose to your bottom line in the event of a major failure, then develop a strategy to cover the life cycle of your assets and improve site reliability.

At our core, LCE is focused on industrial asset management and optimization. We’ll help you reduce operating costs and improve site reliability to increase productivity and output. But it’s not enough to address your physical assets. To be effective and sustainable, your asset management strategy needs to consider people, process and technology, too.

We’ll start where you are and look at that whole picture, and what it can look like when you’re making the most of each element – what we call a ‘smart culture’. We’ll assess your current systems and identify opportunities and gaps. From there, we’ll work with you to develop the necessary processes and capabilities to create a measurable and robust asset management plan. 

We’ll also help you create a culture of continuous improvement, because once you achieve Reliability Excellence, you’ll find the time your team’s been using to fight fires can be invested in making further improvement. You’ll create a loop of continuous optimization!

We’ll also help you create a culture of continuous improvement

At our core, LCE is focused on industrial asset management and optimization. We’ll help you reduce operating costs and improve site reliability to increase productivity and output. But it’s not enough to address your physical assets. To be effective and sustainable, your asset management strategy needs to consider people, process and technology, too.

We’ll start where you are and look at that whole picture, and what it can look like when you’re making the most of each element – what we call a ‘smart culture’. We’ll assess your current systems and identify opportunities and gaps. From there, we’ll work with you to develop the necessary processes and capabilities to create a measurable and robust asset management plan. 

We’ll also help you create a culture of continuous improvement, because once you achieve Reliability Excellence, you’ll find the time your team’s been using to fight fires can be invested in making further improvement. You’ll create a loop of continuous optimization!

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