Tim Dortch is a founding principal of Reliability Solutions and one of the early “architects” of what is now recognized as the field of “Precision Maintenance®".
Tim joined Champion International as a pipe fitter and welder where he later assisted in the development of the curriculum for the multi-craft, cross-training initiative for 130 Pensacola employees. The success of the program resulted in a promotion to the Supervisor of Preventive & Predictive Maintenance & Technology, a title that not only expanded beyond the border of a business card; it was virtually unheard of in the early 1980’s. Tim guided his team of 18 technicians and field mechanics in incorporating lubrication vibration analysis, predictive, and preventive principles into the maintenance operation achieving huge cost savings. As an Area Manager, Tim provided national oversight for the launch of these principles, technologies and training in multiple facilities. Concurrent with these successes, Tim began implementing a true process variability initiative for instrumentation and electrical control systems that saved $25 million in 2 years. These combined programs increased efficiency 5% in 12 locations, dramatically elevating the company’s industry status.
Tim’s next role had a huge impact on his career. In 1997 he was promoted into a management role to integrate maintenance and operations and implement asset strategy development based on Reliability Centered Maintenance, RCM. After leaving the pulp & industry in 2000, he built a very successful service organization for an oil company. In 2003 his vision and understanding of industry needs led to the creation of Reliability Solutions and the expansion of “Precision Maintenance®" into Reliable Manufacturing®, the company’s trademarked, holistic approach incorporating design, engineering, purchasing, production, and maintenance.