4S1: A roadmap strategy for implementing an effective reliability improvement initiative

Jason Tranter, Founder & CEO, Mobius Institute


Most maintenance, reliability, and production/operations people understand the value of reliable assets. And countless organizations have attempted to utilize condition monitoring and reliability improvement techniques to achieve reliable, dependable assets. But what percentage of those programs achieve the benefits they set out to achieve? How many of those programs are still active five years after their establishment? Sadly, the answer is precious few… Unfortunately, too many organizations either take a piecemeal approach, with a smattering of the “obvious elements” that are discussed at most conferences (CBM, RCM, PMO, RCA, etc.), or they have no real plan, or they fail to achieve any improvement in the “culture of reliability” – or all of the above. In this presentation, Jason will briefly recap why so many programs fail to achieve the desired benefits and then outline a step-by-step strategy for implementing the program. Every stage, step, and milestone has defined goals – skip them at your peril! In this 45-minute session, it will not be possible to explain every step (and very few of the milestones), but it will, at the very least, provide an opportunity to reflect on why your program may not be achieving its stated goals, and it will certainly provide a roadmap for those just getting started with a new reliability-improvement initiative.


Jason Tranter (BE Hons) has been involved with condition monitoring and vibration analysis since 1984. In 1986 Jason formed his Australian company, ARGO, which was heavily involved in vibration monitoring and systems development. In 1990 he sold that company and the “ALERT” product line to DLI Engineering in Seattle (now AzimaDLI). Jason was in charge of product development, and later in charge of vibration products. In 1996 Jason returned to Australia and for the next three years he developed the ExpertALERT (EAV), DCX data collector, and DCX Online products for DLI Engineering. In 1999 Jason formed Mobius and began the development of the iLearnInteractive series of computer-based products for vibration and alignment training and analysis, including iLearnVibration, iLearnAlignment and Interpreter. These products have been used by thousands of people in over 90 countries to learn and become certified. Mobius was awarded the Victorian Regional Exporter of the year and was a finalist in the Australian Export Awards for 2007 and 2008. In 2005 Jason formed the “Mobius Institute” for expanded distance learning and public courses, and courses that comply with ISO and ASNT standards for certification. Mobius has offices in Australia, the United States and Costa Rica, and training centers in over 40 countries. In 2010 Jason formed the Mobius Institute Board of Certification, a not-for-profit organization to make it possible for vibration analysts anywhere in the world to achieve certification per ISO 18436-1. Jason has delivered technical papers around the world, and has had articles published in numerous international magazines and journals.