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Practical Reliability

Practical Reliability

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Bringing value to you through training and education, taking an in depth look at all things Reliability.
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S2:E17 w/ George Parada
George is a reliability leader who discovered his passion in this realm when he wanted to discover a better way to improve overall operations as a new production supervisor right out of college. Since then he has spent a large portion of his career working for a few large food and beverage organizations where he has driven fundamental improvement in foundational maintenance and reliability practices through connecting people and processes.  With a strong passion to always excel with cross functional teams, he has strived to challenge the status quo to help the organization address gaps through a strategic and organized fashion. George realized early in his career that genuine leadership allows us all to be successful in the day to day work we do, to not only empower ourselves but others to reach the goals of the organization. From implementing CMMS systems to developing technical training programs for new engineers to working with senior leaders in developing reliability strategy, George loves working with people and leading strategic change. George is currently responsible for leading a new the global asset management programs for Facebook data center operations. Outside of work, George loves traveling around the world with his wife Daysi and is a San Francisco Bay Area sports fanatic. George received his Bachelors of Mechanical Engineering from SF State University and a double Masters in Engineering and Business from San Jose State University.
October 12, 2021
S2E16 w/ Thomas Wilk
Thomas Wilk is the award-winning chief editor of Plant Services, a Putman Media publication that focuses on smart solutions for maintenance and reliability. Tom joined the Putman editorial team in 2014, and previously was Content Strategist / Mobile Media Manager at Panduit, breaking new ground for that company in the areas of digital content strategy and mobile app development. Tom holds a BA from the University of Illinois and an MA from Ohio State University, and is an avid hiker and runner. He may be reached at
October 5, 2021
S2:E15 Workforce Planning w/ Joel Leonard
The average age of hundreds of thousands of maintenance people across the globe is over 50 years old.  Many have already started to retire, leaving empty maintenance positions behind. Companies are having a challenge in finding qualified workers to fill vacancies. With no one to fix broken pipes, frayed wires and brittle levies, modern nations are finding themselves in what Joel Leonard has coined, “The Maintenance Crisis.”  A former vice-president of the Association of Facilities Engineers, he is taking an international lead in identifying, explaining and helping solve the problem. His creative strategies to build awareness have included holding job fairs specific to the maintenance industry, writing articles, addressing major conventions to high school classes, writing songs, developing an on-line TV network and writing books. As a result of his efforts, he has been appointed to the United States Council on Competitiveness, a national think-tank whose purpose is to work with Capitol Hill and the White House to create policy that results in legislation. Internationally, corporate and governmental leaders are seeking his advice. He has been interviewed on National Public Radio and CNBC. Working with Chicago-based Putman Media, Inc., a publisher of nine trade magazines, Joel has been writing a column for Plant Services Magazine for the past five years. The 80,000 readers have followed Joel’s work onto the Internet, where, in 2007, Joel founded, the first on-line television network dedicated to helping build awareness of and solve the “Maintenance Crisis.” Programming includes interviews with congressional leaders, Fortune 500 CEOs, educators and governmental leaders.  In 2008, Joel received the Gold Award for his articles in Plant Services Magazine from the American Society of Business Publications Editors. He has presented and been the keynote speaker of national and international conventions since 1998. In 2008, he was the first American to address the EuroMaintenance Conference in Belgium, a meeting attended by governmental and corporate leaders from 51 nations. His songs, “The Maintenance Crisis” and “Find Me a Maintenance Woman,” have been played on National Public Radio and downloaded more than 40,000 times. They are often played at major conventions.  For helping set up The Forge, a Greensboro Makerspace that helped set up over 16 new companies, 9 patents applied and over 50 people hired, the City of Greensboro recognized Joel with the Game Changer Award. Also Joel was invited to the Whitehouse to share strategies to grow the makerspaces nation-wide. In 2018 Joel met with over 60 makerspaces and visited over 35 states to grow the Maker Movement.  He also connected the City of Flint with Unifi Corporation to recycle 24 million water bottles into clothing. .  Joel has trained engineers from manufacturing plants around the world including Goodyear, Goodrich, Michelin and other major manufacturers. Goodyear Fayetteville Plant was able to receive over 3 million in cost saving by implementing suggested predictive maintenance technologies.  In 2021to address post covid challenges,  Joel launched a mobile makerspace to take education to rural and underserved communities. As a result, the Governor of North Carolina inducted Joel into the Order of the Long Leaf Pine and flew a NC flag over the state capitol. 
September 28, 2021
S2:E14 Lubrication Management w/ Preston Rubottom
Preston Rubottom is the Director of Lubrication Reliability Solutions at Lubrication Engineers, Inc. Experienced maintenance professional with an extensive background in hands on equipment repair, root cause failure analysis and preventive maintenance strategies. Demonstrated history of working in heavy manufacturing of aircraft and aircraft component industry. Skilled in Reliability Centered Maintenance, Engineering, Facilities Maintenance Management, Advanced Hydraulic Technology.
September 21, 2021
S2:E13 Predictive Maintenance w/ Roy Huff
Roy Huff is the VP of The Snell Group. He's an experienced Vice President with a demonstrated history of working in the professional training & consulting industry. Skilled in Aerospace NDT, Power Generation, Petrochemical, CBM, RCM, FMEA. Strong professional with a Bachelor of Science (BS) focused in Electrical Engineering from University of Missouri-Columbia! ASNT Level 3 Certificate #81115 T/IR, CMRP, NAS410 Level 3 TIR.
September 13, 2021
S2:E12 Risk Management Asset Reliability w/ Suzane Greeman
Suzane Greeman is the President and Principal Asset Management Advisor of Greeman Asset Management Solutions, a firm headquartered in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She is a senior asset management consultant and instructor in North America with over 23 years of experience, working with clients who manage assets in excess of $75 Billion in value. She has worked across several asset management disciplines to implement asset management strategies for cement manufacturing, power generation, wastewater treatment, airport, and maritime transportation assets. Suzane has had an eclectic career journey that includes HR Business Partner, Asset Manager, Capital Project and Program Manager, and Maintenance Manager. A lifelong learner, Suzane holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree as well as an MBA. She also holds the following certifications: Asset Management Diploma (IAM), Certified Manager of Quality & Organizational Excellence (ASQ-CMQ/OE); Certified Asset Management Assessor (CAMA); Certified Asset Management Professional (CAMP); and Certified Maintenance & Reliability Professional (CMRP). Suzane is a member of ISO/TC 251 Committee for asset management and the Leader for the Manitoba Branch of the Institute of Asset Management (IAM). Suzane maintains an active blog in the Sustainable Asset Management Newsletter and is a well sought-after keynote speaker. She also volunteers as a professional mentor to young professionals and undergraduate and post graduate university students. Suzane is the author of “Risk-based Asset Criticality Assessment (R-b ACA©) Handbook”.
September 7, 2021
S2:E11 Operational Performance Strategy
A deeper discussion in Operational Performance Strategy 
August 31, 2021
S2:E10 Predictive Maintenance w/ Jeff Hay
Jeff Hay, PhD is the founder and CEO of RDI Technologies. He is the inventor and visionary behind Motion Amplification® and the Iris M™, which allows you to amplify and measure motion with the use of video. His products are moving industrial vibration to the visual spectrum. His passion is using his background in applied optical technology to change the way you see and measure motion in industrial applications.
August 24, 2021
S2:E9 Defect Elimination w/ Michelle Henley
Michelle Ledet Henley is President of TMG Frontline Solutions where she has spent the past 25 years helping hundreds of organizations navigate the difficult waters of organizational change using a game-based simulation.  Her enthusiastic facilitation style along with the innovative workshop design bring the workforce (even the most skeptical among them) energetically onboard with their site's reliability improvement efforts.  Co-authoring  various articles and the book Level 5 - Leadership at Work, the sequel to the popular Don't Just Fix It, Improve It, Michelle has become a thought leader on the emerging and often misunderstood topic of defect elimination.
August 17, 2021
S2:E8 Leadership w/ Tom Moriarty
Thomas J. Moriarty, PE, CMRP is president of Alidade Maintenance Engineering and Reliability, Inc. (Alidade MER). Founded in 2004, its mission is to help others lead full and satisfying lives through organizational reliability and productive leadership; particularly in physical asset management, operations, maintenance and reliability engineering.   As a consultant, Tom has worked across many communities of practice including oil & gas, chemical, mining, pharmaceutical, food & beverage, research universities, aerospace manufacturing, packaging, power generation, water/wastewater, waterway infrastructure and military. This breadth of experience has contributed to ‘cross-pollination’ of best-practices among these communities. Tom became a member of the Society of Maintenance and Reliability Professionals in 2002 and is currently the Government Relations Committee Chairman, a Florida Chapter Board Member, the Florida Central East District Director and a CMRP since 2003. He is also an ISO Certified Asset Reliability Practitioner (Associate, Engineer and Leader). He has additional credentials in RCM, Root Cause Analysis and predictive maintenance technologies.   Since 2008, Tom has been author of a monthly column on leadership in Plant Services Magazine (2010 Gold Award, and 2019 nominee, American Society of Business Publication Editors). He has authored a book titled “The Productive Leadership System; Maximizing Organizational Reliability” available through Amazon and Industrial Press. Tom earned a Professional M.B.A., from the Florida Institute of Technology (with a concentration in Organizational Development). He has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Western New England University (Marston Award, Tau Beta Pi National Engineering Honor Society). He was the American Society of Mechanical Engineers past Chair of the Canaveral, FL Section 2005-2006, and a licensed professional engineer (PE) in Florida.  Tom was a U.S. Coast Guardsman for 24 years, retiring as a naval engineering Lieutenant Commander in 2003.  Prior to earning his commission, Tom was an enlisted Machinery Technician for over nine years. In 2003 Tom was honored by the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) by being selected U.S. Coast Guard Federal Engineer of the Year for his accomplishments in work management (increased labor effectiveness by 31%) and by implementing a condition monitoring and precision maintenance program.   Tom can be reached at (321) 773-3356 (ofc), (321) 961-4306 (cell) or; Twitter: @AlidadeMer, LinkedIn:, website: 
August 10, 2021
S2:E7 Ryan Chan, CEO of Upkeep Technologies
Ryan Chan is CEO and Founder at UpKeep Maintenance Management. He is a Chemical Engineer from UC Berkeley, was named one of Forbes 30 Under 30 for Manufacturing in 2018, and is part of the Official Forbes Technology Council. Ryan started UpKeep out of passion and frustration by the lack of mobility in today’s maintenance management software. UpKeep has now been deployed to over 10,000 businesses and is a leader in mobile-first maintenance management software.
August 3, 2021
S2:E6 Matt Schuman, Madison Metropolitan Sewer District
-Graduated from Carthage College with a Degree in Biology, with minors in Chemistry and Business  -Work for Caterpillar, Inc. for 5 Years in a newly developed Asset Management Team focused in the Mining division. Worked with Regional Teams to gather data on major component life cycles and repair standards. This data was used to develop Total Cost of Ownership models to assist with life cycle costing on new and existing equipment. Caterpillar was also where he got his first taste of Continuous Improvement through their Green Belt Certification process.  -After Caterpillar, Matt spent 5 years at Nestle Purina at a Canning facility in Wisconsin. There he supported the rollout and implementation of a TPM program as Continuous Improvement Manager and eventually Production Manager. In those years we expanded the TPM methodology from one pilot area to most of the Plant, greatly reducing unplanned stoppages and increasing the capacity of the factory. Our factory was eventually selected to be the Reference Factory for TPM Implementation in Canning processes for the North American market. -Currently, employed at a local clean water utility. Responsible for assisting the organization with the implementation Planning and Scheduling and RCM principles. In addition, he will be the primary project lead for the selection and implementation of a new CMMS system.
July 27, 2021
S2:E5 Dan Anderson, Manager, Life Cycle Institute
Dan Anderson is the Manager of the Life Cycle Institute, the learning, leadership, and change management practice at Life Cycle Engineering (LCE). Dan joined LCE in 2007 as a Learning & Reliability Solutions Consultant. He holds a Bachelor of Science and Master’s degrees in Business Administration from The Citadel. In addition, Dan serves as the Secretary for the Society of Maintenance and Reliability Professionals (SMRP) where he provides oversight and direction to the SMRP Foundation and Executive Committee.  Dan is experienced in all areas of manufacturing process and plant operations. He has directed and implemented cost savings initiatives and developed process controls in materials management, planning and scheduling, root cause analysis, and reliability engineering along with several other continuous improvement programs.   Prior to joining LCE, Dan spent over 20 years working in maintenance as a CMMS Software Implementation Consultant and a Manufacturing Engineer. He is a Prosci© Certified Change Management Professional and understands how effective business process reengineering can be applied with sustainable results.
July 20, 2021
S2:E4 Paul Dufresne, CEO of Reliability Playbook
Paul Dufresne has been president and CEO of Reliability Playbook since 2017, following 31 years of experience in maintenance and reliability roles in the U.S. Military and at Georgia Pacific, Trico Corporation and Koch Industries. After the military, he spent the next several years in the corporate world designing and implementing reliability and maintenance programs focusing on industry best practices and achieving superior results while serving in a variety of roles in maintenance management and reliability leadership. In 2013, he received the Senior VP Award for Reliability from GP. Since starting his company Paul has worked with his customer base around improving and setting in place a culture of excellence as it pertains to plant lubrication and maintenance and reliability best practice. Through training, coaching and mentoring plant personnel at all levels in the organization, Paul works to create an atmosphere where everyone succeeds. Incorporating knowledge from his military and business careers, Paul uses a hands-on approach to help customers across the globe develop and implement world class maintenance and reliability programs. Paul has experienced many successful results throughout his career and was recently identifed on LinkedIn as one of the Top 100 People in Maintenance and Reliability to follow. During this time Paul has also been a fetured speaker and keynote presenter at multiple national and international conferences most recently the 2019 CBM Connect Conference’s in Abu Dhabi and Belgium. Paul is the past chairman of the Society of Maintenance and Reliability Professionals Best Practices Committee. In 2017, Paul was recognized as SMRP’s Volunteer of the Year. He is a member of the Society of Tribologist and Lubrication Engineers and the Industry Council for Machinery Lubrication where he is very active sub-committee work. He holds credentials through STLE as Certified Lubrication Specialist (CLS); through ICML as a Certified Machinery Lubrication Engineer (MLE) and Maintenance Lubrication Technician Level I (MLT I); through Mobius Institute as a Asset Reliability Practitioner (ARP-E); through SMRP as Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional (CMRP) and Technician (CMRT); through the Association for Facilities Engineering as Certified Plant Maintenance Manager (CPMM); and through the Association of Asset Management Professionals as Certified Reliability Leader (CRL). Paul is certified in predictive maintenance technologies such as vibration analysis and thermography. He has written several articles and technical white papers, and is a frequent presenter and workshop facilitator at industry conferences. Paul is a Distinguished Military Graduate, and has a bachelor’s degree in history with a minor in military science from the University of Central Florida. He and his wife, April, have four children.
July 13, 2021
S2:E3 Leadership w/ Bryan Bieschke
Discussing Leadership with Bryan Bieschke, CMRP, Director, Maintenance & Reliability at T. Parker Host.
July 6, 2021
S2:E2 Root Cause Analysis w/ Bob Latino
S2:E2 of DNAofSuccess Tips is here!  Hear it first with special guest Robert Latino, Principal at Prelical Solutions, LLC. Todays topic? Root Cause Analysis. 
June 29, 2021
S2:E1 Manufacturing Losses
Overview of manufacturing losses. How maintenance can help operations solve reliability issues. 
June 22, 2021
PM of Storeroom Parts
Do you have a strategy for maintaining your spare parts that require it?  In this episode we discuss setting up PM program for your storeroom.  Everything from turning shafts to calibrating your PdM equipment.
September 2, 2019
Supply Chain and Plant Reliability
In this episode Joe and George discuss the impact supply chain has on overall plant performance.  Find out how they impact reliability and what you need to do to educate them before their efforts to save company money do the opposite.
August 26, 2019
Interview with Joel Leonard
Joel discusses the Maker movement and how this platform can help reduce the skilled labor gap we are currently facing.  Joel also discusses how we can join the Maker movement through volunteering at Maker Spaces near us and at larger Maker Faire events.
August 5, 2019
Interview with Jason Apps, CEO of ARMS Reliability
Jason discusses Asset Strategy Management, how ARMS Reliability partners with organizations to improve their operations, and OnePM (ARMS Reliability solution for managing asset strategy).  Jason is a great guy and ARMS Reliability is one of the organizations we respect the most.  An outstanding company with a talented team who always focus on value to their customers.  Really enjoyed this conversation and hope you do too.
July 29, 2019
Interview with Tim Allen, RCM and Asset Management Professional
Tim talks to us about the efforts he has taken to implement reliability centered maintenance as a key component within his organization.  Tim discusses the challenges and tips to ensure actual implementation and the evolution of culture.
July 22, 2019
Interview with Ryan Chan, CEO of Upkeep Maintenance Management
Ryan discusses what separates Upkeep from other CMMS solutions, the keys to system utilization, and the process of selecting and implementing a CMMS solution.
July 15, 2019
Interview with Calvin Williams, Founder and CEO of Impruver
Calvin shares his insights on improving manufacturing performance, the skills trades gap, and how his solution, Impruver, helps driver results through the PDCA cycle.
July 8, 2019
Planning Episode 15 Classifications
A review of the benefits of using Classifications and attributes as it applies to the role of Planner.
July 1, 2019
Planning Episode 14 BOMs
A review of Bill of Materials, the benefits to the Planner, and the Planner's role in ensure they exist.
June 24, 2019
Interview with Kyle Reyes, CEO of The Silent Partner Marketing
In this episode we discuss the skilled trades gap with CEO of The Silent Partner Marketing, Kyle Reyes.  Listen to Kyle's views on the gap of skilled trades in the US, how this all started, and what we can do about it.  
June 17, 2019
Sunil Kamerkar Interview Part 2
 We interview Sunil Kamerkar from Asset Analytix and discuss data, data quality, analytical capability, and strategy to implement. 
June 11, 2019
Sunil Kamerkar Interview Part 1
We interview Sunil Kamerkar from Asset Analytix and discuss data, data quality, analytical capability, and strategy to implement.
June 10, 2019
Our Interview with Rising Star, LaWayne Smith, Head of Asset Management and Reliability, KU Medical Center
Join us as we interview Rising Star, LaWayne Smith, Head of Asset Management and Reliability at KU Medical Center as we talk about his journey and his goals for a future state. Follow his growth with us and be on the look out for great things from this gentleman in the future!
June 3, 2019
Our Interview of Rob Kalwarowsky, Host of Rob's Reliability Project
Join us as we interview Rob Kalwarowsky, host and creator of Rob's Reliability Project as we discuss his learnings, his offerings, and what the futrue holds.
May 27, 2019
Our Interview with Paul Crocker of Kansas City Water
Tune in as we talk to one of the superstars of reliability and one of our favorite people alive! We talk about his journey and how he has overcome obstacles to get desired results.
May 20, 2019
Episode 13- The Planning Meeting
How often should you have a planning meeting? How all should be invited? How long should it take? These are a few of the questions that we tackle in the next installment of Practical Reliability.
May 13, 2019
Episode 12- Planning Implementation
Join us as we discuss the implementation of planning and what that entails on the next installment of Practical Reliability.
May 6, 2019
Episode 11- Planner Metrics
Join us as we discuss what we feel should be measured for planner effectiveness and efficiency and why in our next installment of Practical Reliability.
April 29, 2019
Episode 10 - Vendor Management
Join us as we discuss ideas on vendor management and the role of the planner.
April 22, 2019
Episode 9- The Day in the Life of a Planner
What does a day in the life of a planner look like? Join us in our discussion as to what our ideas are for a planner.
April 15, 2019
Episode 8 - Work Order Priority
Join us in our discussion on work order priorities.
April 8, 2019
Episode 7: Backlog Management
What is a backlog?  What is the value? How do you calculate backlog? Join us as we seek to address these questions and a few other questions regarding backlog.
April 1, 2019
Episode 6- Workorder Workflow
Join us as we talk through what a workorder workflow  may look like.
March 11, 2019
Episode 5-Skill Sets
Tonight we dive into the topic of deciding what skill sets are necessary to be an effective maintenance planner.
March 5, 2019
Episode 4 on Planning: Parts Aquisition
Latest episode of Practical Reliability
February 27, 2019
Episode 2 - Job Plans
Tonight we continue our series on Planning. Our discussion is on Job Plans. Tune in, download, and subscribe!
January 25, 2019
Episode 1 - Introduction to Maintenance Planning
Today we begin our series on Planning and Scheduling. We discuss "What is Planning?" and what some of the value drivers are.
January 18, 2019