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ARP Engineer - Public Course details
The Asset Reliability Practitioner [ARP] Engineer course is intended for industrial reliability engineers charged with helping the organization improve reliability and performance, and for anyone else in the organization who desires to have an in-depth knowledge of the reliability and performance improvement process.
The reliability engineer has a critically important but challenging role. In most organizations there are almost infinite opportunities for improvement, but understanding what to change and how to change it is difficult. Analysis is not enough. Action must be taken or nothing will change. But a part of the challenge is that the reliability engineer may not have the authority to make changes; just recommend them. That issue is also addressed in this course.
The course covers the A-Z of reliability improvement. While it is not possible for you to be an expert planner/scheduler, or condition monitoring analyst, or lubrication engineer, you will gain a very solid knowledge in all these areas. You will know how to justify and prioritize your activities and take all the necessary steps to engineer a successful reliability and performance improvement initiative; and avoid the obstacles that have derailed so many programs in the past.
Your challenge will be made easier with the renowned Mobius Institute animations and animated simulations. Complex topics are so much easier to understand. And to ensure your time is put to best use, you can watch any part of the course, or the entire course, online before you attend the live event. And you can take it again soon afterwards to refresh your memory and improve your understanding.
Asset Reliability Practitioner (ARP) Engineer
- Strategy and Implementation
- People Management
- Defect Elimination
- Reliability Engineering
- Asset Strategy Development
- Work And Spares Management
- Precision Skills (Precision And Proactive Maintenance)
- Condition Monitoring
- Continuous Improvement
Engineer-x & Leader-x
A Unique Opportunity for Reliability & Performance Improvement Professionals
Under normal reliability certification circumstances, you can take some training and have some experience, and you will take an exam and rightfully so, you are recognized for the knowledge that you have. But that doesn’t prove anything to do with your Competence. A person can be Category I, II or III because they understand what to do, but that doesn’t mean that they have ‘done it’. So we have created x for eXperience. So Engineer-x is the ‘Proven Reliability Engineer’ and the Leader-x is the ‘Proven Reliability Program Leader’. So we will go through an audit process, an interview process, and a verification and validation process to find those individuals who have done it; they don’t just know about it, but they have done it.
We believe that this is a unique opportunity for people who have different levels of knowledge, and they should be recognized for that, but also the actual experience, they should be recognized for that. Recognition that you can do it and have done it.
ARP Engineer - Online Course details
The Asset Reliability Practitioner [ARP] – Engineer course is intended for industrial reliability engineers charged with helping the organization improve reliability and performance, and for anyone else in the organization who desires to have an in-depth knowledge of the reliability and performance improvement process.
This course covers a lot of topics, including a brief overview of people issues and culture change issues (those will be covered in more detail in the ARP-L course.) It goes into reliability engineering, defect elimination and reducing the total cost of ownership, and developing an asset strategy.
The course looks at work and spares management, precision and proactive maintenance, condition monitoring and continuous improvement. All these larger subjects also cover other topics. The aim is to have a good, solid knowledge of each area so that you can assess for yourself where you may need additional training and where you feel competent.
This course is primarily for you – to help you become (or continue to be) a successful reliability engineer. You should be proud to be an Asset Reliability Practitioner-Engineer.
The goals of this course are for you to:
1. Understand how to detect the onset of failure, and the onset of the root causes of failure
2. Understand how to prevent failures from occurring
- Defect elimination
- Proactive maintenance
- Proactive operation
- Determine the root causes
- Understand how to justify and prioritize your activities
- Understand how to measure your progress
How is the online course structured?
Introduction, Strategy and People Management (4h)
People can be roadblocks to the program. If workers are not on board, they will ignore any new tools you buy and new procedures you establish. People are used to doing things a certain way, and it’s hard to get them to change if they don’t understand why they need to. If you engage with them, involve them, and give them ownership and proper training, you will have a better chance of making a change.
Reliability Engineering and Analysis (9hrs 30)
- What are the bad things you’re trying to avoid in your plant? Many people worry about breakdowns, safety issues, environmental issues, financial impact, and other issues. You need to know what you fear happening in your plant.
- How likely is it that an asset will begin to fail? And how likely is it that we will detect the onset of failure?
- You need to understand the importance of collecting good data now so that you will have it later when you are ready to analyze it. Start recording accurate information about what’s failing, when it’s failing, and ideally why it’s failing.
- Data analytics leads to predictive analytics, which we use to predict when the equipment will fail or the performance will drop below standard. From there, we can go further to prescriptive analytics, where the system itself starts making decisions and changes based on the data.
- When talking about consequences and likelihood of failure and reliability analysis, criticality ranking must be considered. It is a useful tool for prioritizing and justifying what you are doing.
- Pareto analysis, like asset criticality ranking, is a powerful tool to help you prioritize your work and find out where you’re spending most of your time and money.
Defect Elimination (2hrs 30)
Are we always dealing with the defects and just managing failure. This has a positive impact. But wouldn’t it be better to have fewer failures?
Defect elimination is a philosophy, a state of mind. It shows the company wants to get ahead and be proactive.
Defect elimination is challenging because you may be dealing with problems you don’t think you have, rather than just dealing with the problems you can see.
Our goals in defect elimination are to increase the plant’s production and to minimize life cycle costs.
Developing the Asset Strategy (12hrs)
We need to perform the right monitoring tasks and decide when to perform them, which technology to use, and why they should be done. We also must plan on proactively eliminating failures and decide how to do it, when we should do it, why we should do it, who should do it, and the methodology that should be used.
Generally speaking, most people either use FMECA or RCM. FMECA can be used as a root cause failure analysis tool or as a design tool, but in this context we will use it as an analytical process to decide which maintenance and condition monitoring tasks to perform on an asset.
With RCM, we are interested in preserving the function of that system in the most cost-effective manner we can, and in managing our risks.
We will discuss root cause analysis, root cause failure analysis, problem solving and project management, human error and human psychology, continuous improvement, DMAIC and Six Sigma, and FRACAS. To perform root cause failure analysis (RCFA) correctly, you need to involve all these different aspects.
Work and Spares Management (3hrs 30)
The goal we have with work management is to create a streamlined process for managing all maintenance work that reduces costs (and waste) and ensures that jobs are performed efficiently in harmony with operations. We want everything to run smoothly, safely, and in a cost-effective manner.
With spares management the goal is to reduce maintenance costs, reduce the planner’s and scheduler’s workload, and increase equipment reliability by minimizing the spares inventory, taking care of those spares, and ensuring we have quick access to the right parts when we need them.
Precision Maintenance (4hrs 30)
- There is probably no other single action that improves reliability in the plant more than ensuring that machines are lubricated correctly. The lubricant must be the right kind of lubricant and free of contaminants.
- Shaft alignment is one of the keys to achieving high reliability in rotating machines. Your machines will run more smoothly, and your plant will operate more profitably.
- A well-balanced machine will last much longer than a machine that is out of balance. When a machine is very out of balance, perhaps due to buildup, there will be high vibration. We should balance the machine early and eliminate the root causes of unbalance so that the bearings don’t take as much force.
- Precision fastening is an area we need to take a closer look at. We need to make sure that we’re not introducing failures in the way we secure our mechanical and electrical connections, whether we’re tightening the hold-down bolts when installing a piece of equipment, fitting keys to the shaft, or doing electrical connections.
- To many people, 5S and the visual workplace is not a traditional area of reliability improvement, but it helps us improve efficiency, improve reliability, reduce costs, get organized, and improve safety.
Condition Monitoring (5hrs 30)
- Vibration analysis is a powerful technology we can use on rotating machinery to find all kinds of problems. It has been successfully used for many years to detect the nature and severity of faults.
- Airborne and structure-borne ultrasound provide an insight into the condition of mechanical and electrical faults, and it is often used to detect leaks. It can be used for lubrication, to detect problems in steam traps, and many other applications.
- Bearings and gears cannot reach their maximum design life unless the lubricant has the correct viscosity, has the correct additives, and is clean of contaminants. Wear will increase if there is insufficient lubricant, or if the viscosity is incorrect.
- Infrared analysis allows the condition monitoring technician to determine whether fault conditions exist in mechanical, electrical, and a wide variety of plant process applications.
- We should also use our eyes, nose, hands, and ears to detect problems. This can be incorporated into PMs and condition monitoring tasks, and operators can use their senses when operating and taking care of the machines.
- Condition monitoring of electrical equipment includes ultrasound and infrared, power quality, dissolved gas analysis, transformers, partial discharge, and electric motors.
Continuous Improvement (1hr)
When does reliability improvement end? The answer is, it is never finished. We need to continually look for ways to make improvements, make sure we’re not slipping backward anywhere, look at our changing business practices and environment, and change our program in accordance with all of that.
ARP E – Course manual
The detailed ARP-E training manual is presented here chapter by chapter.
The manual can be read online only. Printed versions can also be ordered.
What can I study online?
We are pleased to offer the following online training courses and learning solutions that include community-based digital support and personal instructor mentoring. You can learn at your own pace, with assistance from an instructor, and optionally take the exam at the end of the course.
- Vibration Analysis: CAT-I, CAT-II, CAT-III and CAT-IV
- Asset Reliability Practitioner (ARP): Advocate, Engineer and Leader
- iLearnReliability CM
- iLearnReliability Professional
- iLearnReliability Enterprise
Distance learning benefits
If the high cost of travel and accommodation, and the time away from your family and work has stopped you from receiving the training that you need, then you should consider our distance learning courses.
At a time that is convenient to you, and at a pace that works best for you, you can take our lessons and learn in a very similar way to attendees of our classroom courses. Depending upon the course, you can either view fully narrated slides, or you can watch a video of the class in action.
Utilizing the popular iLearnVibration and iLearnAlignment products, we offer distance learning courses where you can view the lessons at your own page, in your own time, and get assistance from an instructor when any questions arise. Of course, you can just buy the products and learn at your own pace without assistance, but you are sure to benefit from interaction with the instructor. In certain courses, you can also interact with other students.
These are not noisy, unprofessional videos taken from actual classrooms, each video was carefully created and edited so that you receive the full benefit. As you can see in this sample, you see the instructor talking and you see the slides (and simulators) being used in high resolution. All you need is a good Internet connection and a good monitor (1024×768 or better) and you will be ready to start learning. You can pause and rewind the video so that you can see and hear the instructor cover the topic again.
In addition to the lessons, hands-on videos are presented where a variety of vibration analyzers are used to perform a range of tests. The analyzers currently include (in alphabetical order) the AzimaDLI DCX, Commtest 4-channel VB-8, Emerson 2120 and 2130, PRUFTECHNIK VibExpert, Rockwell, SKF, and SPM Leonova Infinity. The tests include demonstrations of averaging (linear, rms, and peak hold), bump tests, run up and coast down tests, simple ODS tests, bearing fault detection tests, phase analysis, live spectrum analysis, time waveform analysis, and more.
You can also perform activities defined by the instructor, and take quizzes that will be reviewed by the instructor.
This is a great way to learn. The convenience of learning from home, and the reduced costs associated with travel, meals and accommodation make this a very attractive option – especially while the world’s economy is still recovering.