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University of Tennessee

Kim Kallstrom

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Reliability Solutions

Tim Dunton

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4 1/2 days of formal training


University of Tennessee, Knoxville Campus
The Learning Lab, Estabrook Building
Knoxville, TN

  • Food and drinks will be provided during breaks and for lunch each day of training.

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Hilton Knoxville
501 West Church Ave.
Knoxville, TN 37902
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Knoxville, TN 37902
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  •  Clarion Inn Knoxville
  •  Red Roof Inn Knoxville
  •  Four Points Knoxville
  •  Holiday Inn Express
  •  Days Inn Knoxville North
  •  Knoxville Marriott

Target Participants

ERMS has been carefully designed for anyone who has a role in reliability including:

  • Production and Maintenance leaders, supervisors, engineers, and lead hands
  • Reliability leaders, managers and engineers



Upon successful completion of this seminar participants will be able to identify and eliminate machinery /component problems using a systematic, structured root cause approach. Within the RCFE process attendees will: determine site and area analysis trigger points using weighted functions, create real problem statements, know where to find and collect required information, generate and evaluate possible causes, identify and select real solutions, communicate analysis results, plan/schedule field actions and audit system response. In this manner participants will be familiar with evidence preservation so as to not compromise investigation effectiveness while determining applicable solutions.


Attendees will be familiar with common material failure modes of; overload, fatigue, corrosion, wear and erosion. Using practical field tools (both static and dynamic), attendees will understand and recognize the forensics of failure analysis for typical plant components including; rolling element bearings, power transmission devices, fasteners, fractography (interpreting fracture faces) and lubricants Candidates will be prepared to utilize ASD/RCM thinking to assist in failure analysis, effectively, participate in RCA meetings and further improve asset availability and reliability.

Processes Covered

Subjects include but not limited to:

  • RCFE Introduction
    • Basic beliefs for RCFE
  • Drawing the “How-Can Diagram”
    • Hands on experience
  • Finding and prioritizing problems
  • Creative and critical thinking
  • Root Cause and logical thinking
    • The RCFE process
  • Triggers to perform RCFE
  • Problem definition
  • Possible causes
  • Select most likely cause
  • Verify selected cause
  • Identifying solutions
    • Evidence preservation
  • Data collection
    • Bearing Failures
  • Common failure modes
  • Failure patterns
  • Identifying causes of failure
  • Eliminating bearing failures
    • Lubricant Failures
  • Common failure causes
  • Simple field analysis techniques
  • Eliminating lubricant failures
    • Power Transmission Failures
  • Common failure modes of gears
  • Common failure modes of belts
  • Analyzing gear failures
  • Eliminating gear failures
    • Fastener Failures
  • Common types of fastener
  • Common failure modes of fasteners
  • Eliminating fastener failures
    • Materials Failures
  • Materials properties
  • Types of failure
  • Interpreting fracture faces
    • Types of corrosion
  • Recognizing corrosion mechanisms
  • Introduction to NDT techniques
  • Preventing corrosion failures

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