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Begin your journey with this introduction to reliability, making this book a great tool for you to be successful. We came up with the idea of the book so someone whose sole purpose in life is reliability can go to a simple book to quickly find answers to issues facing his or her organization. The answer my not be simple; however, the book provides direction for anyone needing an answer to most reliability issues. The first recommendation is to follow these steps:

Step 1. Find some education for yourself:

● Attend a one- or two-week RCM training workshop. If you can, RCM training in your plant would be even better, so that part of the workshop could be applied to an asset in your plant. 

● Attend a workshop on Maintenance Best Practices and Key Performance Indicators. 

● Attend training in Six Sigma. 
● This sounds like a lot of training but it is not. A true reliability engineer must have the tools required to accomplish the job, and very few universities offer real-world training and education.
Step 2. Educate management at your site in what truly is reliability and how it affects plant capacity, asset availability, and utilization.

Step 3. Read the article in Chapter 16 “Put a Plantwide Focus on Functional Failures.”

Step 4. Take the maintenance/reliability assessment in the book (Chapter 1) and identify the gaps. Be honest with your answers. 

Step 5. Rank the plant’s assets based on consequence and risk to the business (see Chapter 5). 

Step 6. Develop a business case (see Chapter 1) and present it to executive leadership. This business case should include the cost of change, return on investment, project plan, and so forth. You want an executive engaged in your reliability initiative. This is not a journey with an end. Reliability must become a way of life for the plant. 

Step 7. Execute your plan. Be sure key performance indicators (see Chapter 6) are in place before you begin this journey in order to measure and manage the project and thus the results.