Attention: Maintenance & Reliability Professionals

Increase Your Reliability
by doing less Maintenance

COMING SOON: A fully online, on-demand course that teaches you how to
build and improve your Preventive Maintenance Program
so you can increase reliability and reduce maintenance costs.

Are you Wasting Your Scarce Resources on Maintenance That adds no value?

Most preventive maintenance programs around the world are pretty poor.

You see most of the PM programs were never developed properly, to begin with.

As John Moubray, the father of RCM II, pointed out in his book “Reliability Centered Maintenance”, typically between 40% - 60% of the PM tasks in a PM program add little value.

Some of the most common problems are:

(1) Tasks are duplicated.

(2) Tasks are done too frequently or not frequent enough.

(3) Tasks are not effective at addressing the failure mode.

(4) Too many fixed time, intrusive overhaul tasks that would be more effective, less costly and less disruptive to production if they were condition-based.

(5) Lack of using existing failure data and experience to set good task frequencies.

The result is that we waste money and time on doing things that do not add value.

But far worse is the many preventable high-impact failures that occur.

This ultimately keeps so many plants in that dreadful reactive maintenance cycle.

In short, poor PM programs waste time and money, do not effectively address failures and drive our organisations into a reactive, fire-fighting culture.

 

Less Maintenance That Gives You Better Results

But it doesn’t have to be like that.

Experience and research show that by creating an effective preventive maintenance program you can increase reliability whilst at the same time you reduce workload and costs.

And no, you do not need to buy expensive software or hire consultants to do all this work for you.

You can do it yourself, with your own resources.

And you can do it with the tools you have.

What you do need is a good grounding in the Principles of a Modern Preventive Maintenance Program and a solid, easy to follow process to analyse and improve your Preventive Maintenance Program.

But this is clearly missing in the market at the moment...

Introducing a New Online Course:

Implementing & Improving Preventive Maintenance Programs

So, after the success of the first Road to Reliability online course focussed on maintenance planning & scheduling I am excited to announce our next online course:

Developing & Improving Preventive Maintenance Programs

In this online, on-demand course you will learn:

The principles of an effective and efficient PM program including when to use time based maintenance and when not. When to use Condition Based Maintenance or when to accept a Run to Failure strategy.

The key concepts from Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) and when an RCM Study is the right approach and when not. How to successfully execute an RCM study and how to ensure the results get implemented.

What the difference is between Preventive Maintenance Optimisation (PMO) and RCM and how to decide which approach to use.

How to deal with that incomplete and inconsistent dataset in you CMMS that we call maintenance history. How to clean it up and analyse it so you can use facts and data to make better decisions.

Why work instructions are critical to an effective and efficient PM program and how to develop and maintain good quality maintenance work instructions.

How to set up your CMMS so you can efficiently execute your new PM program, but also ensure you gather the right data so you can analyse its effectiveness.

And a set of bonus content that focusses on good reliability practices like precision alignment, sound lubircation, flange management and more.

The course has not been created yet and so both the structure and content is still in development.

But I expect to have 8 Core Course Modules as outlined below...

... plus a Bonus Module that will introduce important reliability practices like precision alignment, the principles of a good lubricant program, the importance of flange management and more

This will be a short module to introduce you to the course content, the online learning environment and get you to virtually 'meet and greet' the other Founding Students.

The objective of this module is to ensure students really understand the b basic principles on which to build an effective and efficient Preventive Maintenance Program.

The likely lesson structure is:

Lesson 2.1 - Why we do Preventive Maintenance

Lesson 2.2 - The history of Preventive Maintenance

Lesson 2.3 - The Principles of an Effective Maintenance Program

Lesson 2.4 - The Types of Maintenance

Lesson 2.5 - Failure Modes

Lesson 2.6 - Failures Mode Characteristics

Lesson 2.7 - Operating Context

Lesson 2.8 - Maintenance is Repetitive

In this module, we'll discuss the different types of maintenance, their characteristics, when to use them and when not. 

The likely lesson structure is:

Lesson 3.1 - Time Based Maintenance

Lesson 3.2 - Failure Finding Maintenance  

Lesson 3.3 - Risk Based Maintenance

Lesson 3.4 - Condition Based Maintenance

Lesson 3.5 - Predictive Maintenance

Lesson 3.6 - The Run-to-Failure Concept

The objective of this Module is to provide you with a range of tools to analyse your current Preventive Maintenance (PM) Program. Using these tools and techniques you can then decide where your opportunities for improvement are.

Likely Lesson Structure:

Lesson 4.1 - Value Drivers in Maintenance

Lesson 4.2 - Identify Bad Actors 

Lesson 4.3 - Common Flaws in Preventive Maintenance Programs

Lesson 4.4 - FMEA and FMECA

Lesson 4.5 - Failure Modes and Codes

This module will provide you with an introduction to RCM by looking at the following topics:

Lesson 5.1 - What is RCM

Lesson 5.2 - When to do RCM

Lesson 5.3 - How to do RCM

Lesson 5.5 - RCM vs PMO

This module will address the importance of documentation your maintenance task through sufficiently detailed, and sufficiently controlled Work Instructions. With effective work instructions, you will reduce variability in task execution and improve the effectiveness of your PM Program.

Likely lesson structure:

Lesson 6.1 - Why You Need Work Instructions

Lesson 6.2 - Work Instructions That Work

Lesson 6.3 - Level of Detail

Lesson 6.4 - Acceptable Limits

Lesson 6.5 - Standardised Language

Lesson 6.6 - Managing Work Instructions

In this module, we'll discuss how you build your PM program in your CMMS including good practices to support your reliability improvement, but also to support the right work management practices.

Likely Lesson Structure:

Lesson 7.1 - Basic Principles

Lesson 7.2 - Grouping of Work

Lesson 7.3 - Resource Smoothing

Lesson 7.4 - History Capture

This module will discuss the importance of making your PM Program a Living Program with a strong focus on continuous improvement.

This bonus module will provide insight into important reliability practices like lubrication management, precision alignment, flange management and more.

These topics are likely to be presented by technical experts in their field.

Likely Lesson Structure

Lesson 9.1 - The Fundamentals of a Good Lubrication Program

Lesson 9.2 - Precision Alignment

Lesson 9.3 - Flange Management

 

Become a Founding Student:
Early access, influence course content
Plus 12 months of private coaching!

Creating a high-quality online, on-demand course takes a lot of effort and time. In fact, my first course took me well over a year to complete. Frankly speaking, I'm too excited for this to take a year. I want to get this new course to you ASAP.

So... I'm taking a new approach.

Instead of doing everything myself, I am looking to hire help for those time-consuming tasks that others can do faster. And probably better. Things like graphic design, editing, transcribing, video processing etc.

This way I should be able to get the course out in 3 to 4 months!

But... getting all this extra help does not come cheap.

To help fund the development of the course I've decided to create a unique opportunity that I will only open up to those on my email list.

People like you.

I will be inviting 20 'Founding Students' to join me in the journey of creating this course.

These 20 Founding Students get:

to see the course curriculum and content before it is finished, giving them the chance to influence what is covered in the course

access to a private forum to raise any questions they have around how to develop and optimise their Preventive Maintenance programs

monthly 30-min private coaching calls with myself for up to 12 months in which I will help these Founding Students improve their PM Program and answer any questions around developing and improving preventive maintenance

free templates to develop and document maintenance strategies including a 'PM Program Manual' that will educate your whole organisation how to develop, improve and manage your company's Preventive Maintenance program

and lifetime access to the course and all the course reference material at a huge 50% discount!

This premium online, on-demand course will go on sale to the wider public early next year for USD 1995. And it will be worth every penny.

With a 50% discount, Founding Students only pay USD 995 for lifetime access to all the course content and the 12 private coaching sessions.

Just the 12 private coaching sessions only are worth that price!

This is a limited time opportunity as registration to become a Founding Student closes on the 31st July 2020.

Registration Closes In:

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There are only 20 spots for Founding Students and to ensure that we have a strong, diverse group of Founding Students it will be by invitation only.

Here's what you need to do:

Step 1: click on one of the "Register INterest" buttons on this page

Step 2: After you click that button you will be taken to an online form to capture your details and most importantly your motivations for becoming a Founding Student. Fill in that form as best you can and submit the form.

You have until the 31st July to register your interest.

Step 3: Early August I will review all the submissions personally and select 20 people to join the Founding Student program.

If you are selected to join the Founding Student program you will receive a personal invitation and will have 5 days to make payment.

The clock is literally ticking so don't wait any longer and express your interest right now:

This is a Very Different Approach
How Will It Work?

Yes, this is different. This is a more agile way to develop an online course. And one I believe will actually yield a better quality end result too.

So here's how it will work: Founding Students register in July and if successful receive an invitation in August and then make payment.

Course development will commence in September and is expected to run until December this year.

 

Private Coaching Calls and Zoom Conferences

Each month starting September Founding Students will have a 30-min private coaching call with myself to discuss the development & improvement of the PM Program in their organisation.

The September calls will heavily focus on what Founding Students struggle with and what they want to learn as part of the course and I will use this information to finetune the course outline.

After that coaching calls will focus more on helping individual Founding Students succeed with their individual objectives around either developing or improving a PM Program.

Coaching calls will typically be scheduled in the 2nd and 3rd week of each month and then have a Zoom Conference with all Founding Students on the 4th week of the month.

The Zoom Conferences are aimed to provide progress updates on the course development, reflect on common themes that have come up in the private coaching calls and general Q&A.

 

Here is an indicative schedule:

July: Expressions of Interest

August: Invitations & Payment

September: Finalise course curriculum

October: Start creating course content

November: Complete course content and record video lessons

December: Complete recording and finalise upload into the online Learning Management System

Some course videos may become available a lot earlier than December, where that is the case you will get an update via the monthly Zoom Conferences or via regular email updates.

 

Things Can and Will Change

I know from experience that a schedule like this can change - sometimes quite a lot - and being flexible is key to creating a high-quality course.

So what I have outlined above may well change. Some things will go faster than expected and others can take a lot longer. My focus is on quality - much less on schedule.

If you are flexible, motivated and keen to get involved in this unique opportunity you know what to do:

Meet Your Teacher

Erik Hupje

Hi, I am Erik Hupjé, founder of the Road to Reliability™ and I will be your course director.

I have over 20 years’ experience in asset management, and specifically managing maintenance & reliability. And during those years I’ve worked in the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, the Philippines, the Sultanate of Oman and Australia. My passion is for continuous improvement and keeping things simple.

Through the Road to Reliability™ I help Maintenance & Reliability professionals around the globe – people like yourself – improve their plant’s reliability and their organisation’s bottom line.

I am a Certified Maintenance & Reliability Practitioner (CMRP), Certified Reliability Leader (CRL) and a Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng).

Erik Hupjé

SMRP & CMRT
certified reliability leader

Still have some Questions?
Let's Answer Them

Great question 🙂 

First of all, you don't have to join the Founding Student program and you can simply wait till the course is complete and launched to the wider public.

But as a Founding Student you get early access, the unique opportunity to influence the course content and you get 12 months of private coaching with myself and you get a HUGE 50% discount on the launch price of the course. The coaching calls alone are worth the discounted course price you'll pay as a Founding Student.

No, Founding Students get early access to the course material before it is all finished. That creates the unique opportunity to help shape the content and is the reason for the significant discount for Founding Students
 
Also, the course will be structured in modules and you need to complete the modules including all homework tasks sequentially. So once you have completed Module 1 you get access to Module 2 and so forth until you complete all the course modules and then sit for the final, multiple choice exam (online).
Yes, you will have homework to do. This is an intensive course with assignments that you need to complete in your workplace and submit online. 
 
Your assignments will be reviewed by myself and/or by a specialised coach.

Yes, in addition to the assignments and quizzes that are included in the various modules there is a final, online multiple-choice exam that you need to complete and pass to receive your Certificate of Completion. 

Support will be provided in a few ways.
 
First, there will be an exclusive forum accessible only to course students to ask questions about the course content. That means you get to discuss topics with fellow students but can also expect answers from myself and/or a professional maintenance planning & scheduling coach. 
 
Secondly, I will set up regular 'office hours' where you can dial in and ask questions live. If you can't attend due to timezone differences you can simply email questions in and listen to the replay afterward, which will be stored in the exclusive student-only area.  
 
And most important, as a Founding Student you get 12 private coaching calls with myself (30 minutes per month) to help you with developing and improving your specific Preventive Maintenance Program! 
 
 

You certainly do. When you have successfully completed all Course Modules, all homework assignments, all quizzes and you have passed the final (online) exam you will automatically receive a Certificate of Completion.

The Certificate of Completion will look very similar to the sample certificate from the online course 'Implementing Maintenance Planning & Scheduling' shown below:

Certificate of completion

As a Founding Student you will have lifetime access to the course.
 
And as long as the course remains available for sale online you will always have access to it including all future updates - at no extra cost!

For Founding Students, I offer a 30-day no questions asked, full refund policy. 

The 30 days commence on the day the course goes 'live', which means the majority of the course content has been uploaded in the online Learning Management System and made available to students. 

No! Not at all, the course will be delivered through a web-based Learning Management System, but all you need is a modern web browser like Chrome, Internet Explorer or Safari.

You do need a reasonably reliable internet connection, but as the course material is all pre-recorded you can choose when and where you view or listen to the course content. And on what device as you can access the course on a desktop, tablet or smartphone.

Not yet, at the moment the focus is to get the course developed in English first.

Translations may become available in 2021.

P.S. Getting your Preventive Maintenance Program in order is really one of the most important steps you can make on the Road to Reliability™. With an efficient and effective Preventive Maintenance Program, you can ensure you're not wasting your scarce resources. In fact, you will end up doing less maintenance and getting better reliability