PW1: The A-Z of Reliability: understanding the key elements of a success reliability improvement program (This is a 1.5 day workshop)

Jason Tranter, Founder & CEO, Mobius Institute


There is no doubt that condition monitoring provides many benefits; reduced costs, improved safety, increased production, and more. But there is a great deal more that can be achieved. Many of the faults detected with condition monitoring are avoidable. Our goal should be to eliminate the root causes of those faults. But that is easier said than done. This workshop will briefly discuss the benefits of reliability improvement over condition monitoring, explain the differences in the strategy, and then explain, in detail, how to make the transition. The topics will include:

  1. The difference between reliability improvement and condition monitoring
  2. The benefits of reliability improvement over condition monitoring
  3. Tier 1 reliability improvement: Taking a purely technical approach: shaft alignment, precision balancing, precision lubrication, improved maintenance practices, etc.
  4. Tier 2 reliability improvement: Improving work management and spares management
  5. Tier 3 reliability improvement: A step by step approach to gaining approval, changing the culture, gaining control over maintenance, and achieving best practice defect elimination, following a detailed roadmap
    1. Justifying and selling the reliability improvement program
    2. Proving the concept with pilot projects
    3. Developing a culture of reliability
      1. Engaging senior management to achieve top-down drive
      2. Engaging the “plant floor” to achieve bottom-up drive
      3. Engaging the operators in the reliability improvement process and to improve operating practices
    4. Breaking out of the reactive maintenance cycle
    5. Developing an asset management strategy
    6. Continuous improvement: measuring and reporting on the benefits of the program with KPIs and benchmarking


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.