December 13, 2017
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Subject Matter Experts: Keynote Speakers for RCA

Topics: Reliability Practices, Failure Investigation & Human Error Reduction in the workplace.

For over 30 years Reliability Center Inc. has engaged in professional keynote speaking and reliability training for all types of industries. RCI’s team of engineers, technicians, investigators and teaching staff are all focused on how the human element contributes to undesirable outcomes and why. Our subject matter experts provide the most comprehensive resources to your facility with education designed to advance the skills, integrity and value of learning about root cause analysis, human performances and how they correlate to why things go wrong.

Robert J. Latino Reliability CenterAbout Robert J. Latino:
Bob Latino is an internationally recognized author, trainer, software developer, lecturer and practitioner of best practices in the field of Reliability Engineering and specifically in Root Cause Analysis. He has been facilitating RCA & FMEA analyses with his clientele around the world for over 25 years and has taught over 10,000 students in the PROACT® RCA Methodology.
Mr. Latino received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Management from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. Speaking engagements may include associated case study videos, articles and other quick reference materials.

 

Schedule:

  • CHART Medical Malpractice Insurance Group: How Effective is Our Current RCA System?, Erie, PA, September 22, 2017.
  • Georgetown University (GU) Doctoral Nursing Program: Online presentation on FMEA, Opportunity Analysis and RCA during a course on “Healthcare and the Law”. September 9, 2017.
  • Vizient Insurance Program Meeting: Maximizing Quality & Safety, Minimizing Risk, Performing a Thorough and Credible RCA on a Complex Problem, Chicago, IL, April 26, 2017.
  • Human Performance, Root Cause, Trending (HPRCT) Conference 2017: What’s Wrong With RCA?, Toronto, ON, CA, June 12, 2017.
  • 254th American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting and Expo: Complaint Reduction Through Root Cause Analysis (RCA) – A Case Study, Washington, D.C., August 23, 2017

Publications:
Bob has authored and co-authored numerous books as well as published articles in various industry and healthcare trade magazines and journals on the topic of Reliability, FMEA, Opportunity Analysis and Root Cause Analysis. He has been a frequent speaker on reliability topics at domestic and international trade conferences. Bob has applied his company’s PROACT® methodology to the field of Terrorism and Counter Terrorism via a published paper entitled “The Application of PROACT RCA to Terrorism/Counter Terrorism Related Events” at the IEEE International Conference on Intelligence and Security Informatics. In addition to publications Bob has co-authored seminars and workshops on FMEA and Root Cause Analysis as well as co-designed the award winning PROACT® Root Cause Analysis Software System.

Authored and Co-Authored Books:

root cause analysis booksRoot Cause Analysis: Improving Performance for Bottom Line Results.
Now in its fourth edition, “Root Cause Analysis: Improving Performance for bottom-Line Results” continues to explore why things don’t work out as planned and how to make sure they do. While past editions have focused on Failure Modes and Effects Analysis and Opportunity Analysis, this new edition emphasizes evidence collection and strategy and the contribution of human performance and human factors to poor decision making and understanding the human element. New topics covered include PROACTOnDemand, the advantages of SaaS, RCA templates, as well as various case studies illustrating RCA.
Robert J. Latino, Kenneth C. Latino, and Mark A. Latino 4th Edition, 2011, c. 280 pp., ISBN: 9781439850923, Taylor & Francis. Boca Raton.
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Patient Safety root cause analysisPatient Safety: The PROACT Root Cause Analysis Approach.
This book addresses the proactive methodologies and organizational paradigms that must change in order to support and sustain such activities in the interest of patient safety. Written by reliability expert Robert J. Latino, this book provides a perspective on patient care from outside the health industry and culture. It teaches a proven approach that measures its effectiveness based on patient safety results, rather than compliance, and demonstrates the Return-On-Investment for using RCA to reduce and/or eliminate undesirable outcomes. Addressing the contribution of human error to physical consequences, it explores ways to identify conditions which are more prone to result in human error. It also uses FMEA to proactively identify unacceptable risks, and then uses the concepts of RCA to prevent risks from materializing.
Robert J. Latino 2008, c. 272 pp., ISBN 9781420087277, Taylor and Francis. Boca Raton.
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Error Reduction in HC RCAError Reduction in Healthcare: A Systems Approach to Improving Patient Safety.
Completely revised and updated, this second edition of Error Reduction in Health Care offers a step-by-step guide for implementing the recommendations of the Institute of Medicine to reduce the frequency of errors in health care services and to mitigate the impact of errors when they do occur. With contributions from noted leaders in health safety, Error Reduction in Health Care provides information on analyzing accidents and shows how systematic methods can be used to understand hazards before accidents occur. In the chapters, authors explore how to prioritize risks to accurately focus efforts in a systems redesign, including performance measures and human factors. This expanded edition covers contemporary material on innovative patient safety topics such as applying Lean principles to reduce mistakes, opportunity analysis, deductive adverse event investigation, improving safety through collaboration with patients and families, using technology for patient safety improvements, medication safety, and high reliability organizations.
Contributing Author: Robert J. Latino 2nd Edition, 2011 [Apr], c. 284, ISBN: 1-55648-271-X, AHA Press.
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Patient Safety compliance handbookThe Handbook of Patient Safety Compliance: A Practical Guide for Health Care Organizations.
Written for virtually every professional and leader in the health care field, as well as students who are preparing for careers in health services delivery, this book presents a framework for developing a patient safety program, shows how best to examine events that do occur, and reveals how to ensure that appropriate corrective and preventative actions are reviewed for effectiveness.

The book covers a comprehensive selection of topics including:

  • The link between patient safety and legal and regulatory compliance
  • The role of accreditation and standard-setting organizations in patient safety
  • Failure modes and effect analysis
  • Voluntary and regulatory oversight of medical error
  • Evidence-based outcomes and standards of care

Contributing Author: Robert J. Latino 2005, c. 350 pp. ISBN 0-7879-6510-3, Jossey-Bass
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Mark Latino Reliability CenterAbout Mark A. Latino:
Mark came to RCI after 19 years in corporate America. During those years a wealth of reliability, maintenance, and manufacturing experience was acquired. He worked for Weyerhaeuser Corporation in a production role during the early stages of his career. He was an active part of Allied Chemical Corporation’s (now Honeywell) Reliability Strive for Excellence initiative that was started in the 70s to define, understand, document, and live the reliability culture until he left in 1986. Mr. Latino spent 10 years with Philip Morris primarily in a production capacity that later evolved into a reliability engineering role. He is a graduate of Old Dominion University and holds a BS Degree in Business Management that focused on Production & Operations Management. Mark is an author and contributor to several articles in magazines and news enzines. Many of Mr. Latino’s articles can be found in our articles section of the Industry channel. Mr. Latino continues to facilitate RCA in many corporations throughout the United States and Internationally providing a vast knowledge of Best Practices for Industry. Mr. Latino’s movie presentations can be found in our Industry Channel movie demo page.

Schedule:

Machinery Failure Prevention Technology (MFPT): May 15-18, 2017

Virginia Beach, VA
Paper Title: Shallow Cause Analysis  = Effective RCA Human Performance Short-Cuts

Publications:
Mr. Latino has authored and co-authored numerous books as well as published articles in various industry trade magazines and journals on the topic of Reliability, FMEA, Opportunity Analysis and Root Cause Analysis. He has been a frequent speaker on reliability topics at domestic and international trade conferences.

Authored and Co-Authored Books:

root cause analysis booksRoot Cause Analysis: Improving Performance for Bottom Line Results.
Now in its fourth edition, “Root Cause Analysis: Improving Performance for bottom-Line Results” continues to explore why things don’t work out as planned and how to make sure they do. While past editions have focused on Failure Modes and Effects Analysis and Opportunity Analysis, this new edition emphasizes evidence collection and strategy and the contribution of human performance and human factors to poor decision making and understanding the human element. New topics covered include PROACTOnDemand, the advantages of SaaS, RCA templates, as well as various case studies illustrating RCA.
Robert J. Latino, Kenneth C. Latino, and Mark A. Latino 4th Edition, 2011, c. 280 pp., ISBN: 9781439850923, Taylor & Francis. Boca Raton.
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What Our Clients Say…

Anne Flood

MedStar Union Memorial Hospital

We have gotten so much more from our analysis using PROACT. What was usually a long drawn out process has been significantly streamlined. Using the program has been a great educational tool for our organization from the clinical side to hospital information system analysis to maintenance engineering.

Anne Flood - Director Risk/Quality
Union Memorial Hospital/MedStar

Matt Arndt

materion

The PROACT methodology has given us a truly logical, data-driven approach for root cause determination.  PROACTOnDemand makes implementation of this methodology seamless across various user groups throughout our organization.  The ability to upload supporting documentation for team review is an especially useful feature.

Matt Arndt - Senior Reliability Engineer
Materion Brush Performance Alloys ® Elmore

Paul Andrews

Cliffs Natural Resources

Your work (Reliability Center) has helped Cliffs Natural Resources to learn from their failures. The training and consulting in root cause analysis (RCA) has helped Cliffs pinpoint the underlying reasons for problems and paved the way to develop strategies for improving performance.  Your (RCI) efforts have allowed Cliffs to have significant and widespread financial benefits. These efforts have specifically resulted in improved production, increased maintenance precision and improved business focus.

Paul Andrews - Reliability Engineer
Cliffs Natural Resources

Tobias Gilk

medovousSafescan

I’ve long known what an RCA is supposed to do, but not how to get there. Using the PROACT software helped to easily apply the RCA discipline to produce analyses that are robust and meaningful. In fact, PROACT helped uncover surprising causes buried in events that I thought I knew everything about!

Mr. Tobias Gilk - M. Arch., President & MRI Safety
DirectorMednovus® SAFESCAN®, Leucadia, CA 92024 USA

Howard Penrose

howard-penrose

I’ve used PROACT for decades as part of my electric machines forensics programs! I highly recommend that you check it out!”

Howard Penrose - PhD, CMRP
Howard Penrose

K. Erasmus

[About Training] “Bob is not saying do not use the 5 Why’s either, he is saying consider the “how” or “How Can” before you use the 5 Why’s. Bob’s methodology brings about a whole new perspective and you start to see inter-relationships and dependencies more clearly, which could mean the difference between a “Shallow Cause” and a “Root Cause” in a complex environment.

K. Erasmus - LinkedIn RCA Group

Dennis E. Love

Syncrude Canada

We are very pleased with the results, as a matter of fact; Reliability Center Inc. (RCI) was a significant contributor as we closed out our fiscal year around $17,000,000 below budget.

Dennis E. Love - General Manager/Mining
Syncrude Canada

Ernie Elsbury

Arcadian Corporation

Our most visible improvement is that our on-stream time and production have increased substantially.  Using a twelve month moving average our annual production rate is improved by 20% in the ammonia unit and by 32% in the urea unit.

Ernie Elsbury - Plant Manager
Arcadian Corporation

Richard Wickboldt

- University of Michigan, Central Power Plant

I had a meeting with our VP last week and he was very impressed and blew him away with the [PROACT] methodology and the ability of the program to compile a full analysis and generate a report for him.

Richard Wickboldt
University of Michigan, Central Power Plant

Eric P. Newell

Syncrude Canada

We have continued to increase our plant throughput year after year reaching a record 67 million barrels of synthetic crude oil.  This represents a 24% improvement in throughput over a 4 year period.

Eric P. Newell - President and CEO
Syncrude Canada, Ltd.

Gary Hallen

Eastman Chemical Company

Eastman Chemical has steadily reduced our level of complaints [customer] since we initiated the PROACT RCA process, whereby we currently have half the level of complaints corporately as we did 3 years ago.

Gary Hallen - Global Customer Focus Manager
Eastman Chemical Company

Lester A. Wilkes

Texaco, USA

Your work (Reliability Center) with our Reliability Team has enabled many of our Business Units to develop or improve their Reliability culture which has translated into improved business performance.  Texaco has had significant and widespread financial benefits from its Reliability efforts.  These efforts have specifically resulted in improved production quality and volumes, increased maintenance precision and improved business focus.

Lester A. Wilkes - Vice President
Texaco, USA

Richard Burow

This book gives you the tools to develop a strong reliability program. In my 35 years as a mechanical engineer (P.E.) in the chemical industry, I have seen several “programs” come and go. Reliability, when proactive as taught by RCI, is the one program that consistently documents very large savings to cost ratios. In order to survive in the 21st century, industry must have a strong reliability program. RCI is a pioneer (since the 1950’s) in reliability and in particular teaching and training industry in using this valuable tool.

Richard Burow - Mechanical Engineer
Tennessee Eastman, Kingsport, TN

Tim Stovall

Having been involved since 1988 in the use of RCI’s root cause methodology, I know it provides repeatable success regardless of the magnitude of failure or type of industry. I can solidly contribute $10 million in savings from using the process. The knowledge in this book will stop the cycle of repeated failures.

Tim Stovall - CMRP, Reliability Leader
NOVA Chemicals, Inc.

Pam Grant

MedStar Union Memorial Hospital

Wonderful system! Presentation was done in a very consistent manner giving a good overview of system and capabilities. The real case scenario exercise was a good way to bring it all together.

Pam Grant - Risk Management Coordinator
MedStar - Union Memorial

Daryl Mather

The Latino brothers have been trail blazers in Root Cause Analysis for as long as I have known them. They have been particularly visionary in pioneering the inclusion of Human Factors into this field, via the PROACT methodology, over the past decade and a half. As always, their vision has been right on target!

Daryl Mather, Owner and Principal Consultant
Reliability Success Pty Ltd

Tim Stovall

As assets become more sophisticated, and we become more reliant on machinery, human error (and the reasons for it) are a far greater part of the reliability picture. This book will provide even greater support to companies that want to get the most out of their physical assets, and the PROACT methodology will continue to deliver unique value as they continue to evolve the method.

Tim Stovall, CMRP, Reliability Leader
NOVA Chemicals, Inc.

Alan Laundry

Having been involved since 1988 in the use of RCI’s root cause methodology, I know it provides repeatable success regardless of the magnitude of failure or type of industry. I can solidly contribute $10 million in savings from using the process. The knowledge in this book  will stop the cycle of repeated failures.

Alan Laundry, Tech. Services Manager
Westcoast Energy, Inc., Ft. St. John, BC.

Mark Young

I just wanted to say how much I appreciate your company and the products you offer. We’ve incorporated your RCA Methodology into our business and are having a very smooth roll-out. I would like to especially recognize John Bartlow as being a “5 star asset” to your organization. In my opinion, he defines “excellence” within customer service. I look forward to tremendous success working with you guys, just as I’ve had success in the past.

Mark Young
Director of Reliability - Advanced Technology Services

Howard Penrose

“PROACTOnDemand has been a great tool for helping me manage my RCA’s!  The industry I was assisting thought the root causes were something completely different as everyone was only looking at the obvious.  Using the PROACT RCA process we were able to dig deeper and have resolved a rather significant issue in the energy sector that has plagued them for decades. “

Howard Penrose, Ph.D, CMRP

Allan McNally

“I have had the opportunity of using various methods such as 5-Why’s, Fishbone, Apollo, FMEA, and PROACT. I feel PROACT meets my expectations. The PROACT methodology uses rigorous fact based data followed by a verification process to determine the physical, human & latent root-causes that led to the failure(s). It can be used by people on the floor as well as any engineer that wishes to use the methodology.

Allan McNally
Machinery Reliability Consultant

Ron Butcher

“I had the opportunity to attend the Reliability Center’s (PROACT) Lead Investigator course in 2012 when we used “super users” to perform RCA’s on high impact incidents. One of the things I most enjoyed about that course was the time spent on the investigative process and the formality of evaluation of evidence based on facts in evidence. While that sounds a tad like a criminal investigation, the course is really about instilling the formal processes necessary for exploration and understanding. To your ‘wheelhouse’ we had a wonderful three days where we did nothing but evaluate and hypothesize the failure mechanisms for an array of mechanical components, shafts and bearings. From the perspective of understanding failure to institute system resilience, I can’t honestly say enough good things about the course. I also don’t think we’d find a more experienced team in performing these analyses than exists with the Latino family whose father started the business long before it was a fashionable practice. From my reading and experience, I would put Mr. Latino on par with Dr. Deming, Joseph Juran and others who pioneered the quality movement. Simply stated, whatever platform is used to collate and present the findings will only be as beneficial to our cause as the preparedness of the investigative team.”

Ron Butcher
Director of Health and Safety
U.S. Competitive Generation
AES

Reda A-Admawi

The PROACT® Logic Tree, is one of the best methods we use. We are proud that all SABIC sites and corporates are unified in terms of analyzing the major incidents by using PROACT® Logic Tree methodology since our aim and target is always to reach to the latent root cause(s) that failed to protect our assets from any false human interaction.

Reda A-Admawi
RCA Specialist
SABIC