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by Bob Latino

March 10, 2020

Why Can’t Learning Teams (LT) & RCA Teams be Friends?

Reading Time: 7 minutes Why Can’t Learning Teams (LT) and RCA Teams be Friends?   A Little History About How I Came Across Learning Teams. A little over three
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by Bob Latino

March 6, 2020

What Does It Mean to Be ‘Safe’​?

Reading Time: 6 minutes So what does it mean to be ‘safe’? Is a company ‘safe’ because they have not had an OSHA recordable injury in say over a
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by Bob Latino

February 19, 2020

Do Learning Teams Make RCA Obsolete?

Reading Time: 2 minutes Originally published August 31, 2017.
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by Bob Latino

February 13, 2020

Understanding the Basics of Grease

Reading Time: 6 minutes Since lubricating oil can oxidize, so can the base oil in grease.  When the grease oxidizes, it usually darkens; there is a build-up of acidic
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by Bob Latino

February 13, 2020

Defining & Achieving the Reliability Culture

Reading Time: 31 minutes “There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success than to take the lead in
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by Bob Latino

February 13, 2020

Root Cause Analysis vs. Shallow Cause Analysis: What’s the Difference?

Reading Time: < 1 minute Does regulatory compliance with RCA guidelines ensure operational reliability? Operational Reliability involves the aggregation of Equipment, Process and Human Reliability methods and techniques. What is
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by Bob Latino

February 13, 2020

‘Fantasy’​ Maintenance: The Illusion of Best Practices

Reading Time: 4 minutes The following article was published in Plant Services earlier this year with the title, “Don’t get stuck in reactive mode – The world of fantasy
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by Bob Latino

February 13, 2020

Fatigue & Overload: Part II, 4 Mechanisms of Component Failure

Reading Time: 4 minutes Author’s Note: I want to reiterate that this Series about reading the basic fracture surfaces, is for novices who often come into contact with such
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by Bob Latino

February 13, 2020

What Managers May Not Know About Root Cause Analysis (RCA)

Reading Time: 9 minutes If managers knew what the overall power of a well supported Root Cause Analysis (RCA) effort meant for their bottom-line, they would be breaking down
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by Bob Latino

February 13, 2020

Trending Data Is Important to Predictive Activities

Reading Time: 4 minutes This case history takes place in a packaging facility in Virginia. The packer on module E5 was checked for vibration integrity during a pre-machine care
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by Bob Latino

February 13, 2020

Saving $1 Million for Inland Steel

Reading Time: < 1 minute For some time now, Inland Steel has been committed to improving the reliability of our plant operations as a way to reduce costs, downtime and
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by Bob Latino

February 13, 2020

Accepting We Could Be Part of the Problem

Reading Time: 6 minutes Abstract: No matter where we work, we will experience failures or ‘undesirable outcomes’ of some kind. As long as we work with other humans, this will indeed
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