Course 9



Monday October 15, 2018 at 8:00 AM CDT


Friday October 19, 2018 at 12:00 PM CDT




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


***Food/Drinks provided during breaks and lunch each day of training...

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  401 West Summit HIll Drive

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  Holiday Inn Knoxville Downtown

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  Four Points Knoxville

  Holiday Inn Express

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University of Tennessee

Kim Kallstrom

Reliability Solutions

Terry Southall


What can you expect to learn in Root Cause Failure Elimination?

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.

Subjects (included 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

  • 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


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. 




ERMS Bootcamp




4 1/2 days of formal training