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by Bob Latino

Updated: January 5, 2022

Root Cause Analysis Without Verification is Conventional Wisdom

Reading Time: 5 minutes Root cause analyses are done every day all over the world. Organizations do root cause analysis because it is good business. From an explosion in
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by Bob Latino

Updated: January 5, 2022

Hidden Treasure: Eliminating Chronic Failures Can Cut Maintenance Costs Up To 60%

Reading Time: 4 minutes Every year, U.S. industry spends well over $300 billion on plant maintenance and operations. An estimated 80% of these dollars are expended to correct chronic
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by Bob Latino

Updated: November 27, 2023

Workers Are Industry’s Most Important Resource: Harness Their Power by Mastering the Art of Serving

Reading Time: 4 minutes Why are Human Assets Important? A realization that appears to be taking hold in corporate America today is that the answer to increased productivity and
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by Bob Latino

Updated: January 5, 2022

Here Lies Troubleshooting: In Today’s Competitive World, “Analysts” Find Real Solutions

Reading Time: 5 minutes In many ways, this article is a requiem for a time-honored function in plants and processing facilities throughout the chemical industry. In today’s competitive environment,
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by Bob Latino

Updated: January 5, 2022

Tesoro Escondido: Eliminando Fallas Crónicas Puede Reducirse el Costo de Mantenimiento Hasta en un 60%

Reading Time: 5 minutes Cada año, la industria estadounidense gasta bastante más de $300 mil millones de dólares en mantenimiento de la planta y sus operaciones. Un estimado 80%
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by Bob Latino

Updated: January 5, 2022

Become An Equipment Reliability Detective: Preserve Failure Data

Reading Time: 6 minutes It’s amazing how quickly failure data (evidence) can disappear after a ‘failure’ has occurred. Following such an unexpected incident, there is sometimes a lot of
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by Bob Latino

Updated: January 5, 2022

Nylon Plant Case Study

Reading Time: 2 minutes This case study took place at a nylon plant in Virginia which at the time provided major amounts of nylon to the tire and carpet
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by Bob Latino

Updated: November 17, 2023

Fighting Failure: Changing A Plant’s Culture To No Longer Accept Failure

Reading Time: 6 minutes Failure has become a part of every industrial culture around the world; it permeates everything we do in an industrial facility. It is so much
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by Bob Latino

Updated: November 3, 2023

How to Select the “RIGHT” Root Cause Analysis (RCA) Vendor?

Reading Time: 4 minutes With RCA being a buzzword of the weeks, companies are faced with a slew of new vendors with numerous RCA methods and practices to help
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by Bob Latino

Updated: January 5, 2022

Reliability.com: Ammonia Plant Case Study

Reading Time: 3 minutes This case study takes place in a Louisiana ammonia plant. The plant had above industry average downtime (116 Days of downtime compared to an industry
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by Bob Latino

Updated: January 5, 2022

When It Comes to Empowerment Are You Shifting Power or Simply Passing the Buck?

Reading Time: 5 minutes Many corporate executives see empowerment, stewardship, and benchmarking as the way to a healthy future. Like most modern management theories, these concepts have merit in
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by Bob Latino

Updated: November 17, 2023

What is the Difference Between Failure Analysis (FA), Root Cause Analysis (RCA) and Root Cause Failure Analysis (RCFA)?

Reading Time: 3 minutes Recently, Reliability Center, Inc. received an inquiry from one of our web visitors asking the differences between three confusingly similar Reliability acronyms. We thought others
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