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Strategic Leadership in R&M “Boot Camp” (Learn how to attain R&M Competitive Excellence)

Date: Jun. 26, 2017–Jun. 29, 2017

Time: 8:00 am–5:00 pm

Location: BEST WESTERN PLUS Bloomington Hotel by Mall of America®

The Strategic Leadership in R&M Bootcamp course is for any person planning, implementing or leading a reliability and/or maintainability initiative (small or large). It is also for individuals or teams that are struggling with implementation of R&M at the plant floor, team or organizational level. The topics, discussions and exercises covered will build on proven R&M concepts (for any type of company) and quickly get into business excellence models, life cycle asset management as a strategy, risk management, understanding continuous improvement and culture for success, top quartile KPI’s, and strategy & planning for R&M, Part of the third day will be focused on tying it all together in a review of course learning and developing your roadmap towards enabling R&M business excellence. This course assumes that you understand the basics of some R&M tools/technologies/methodologies (RCM, uptime improvement, basic metrics, reactive to predictive maintenance effort, CMMS, planning & scheduling, MRO spare parts, and so on). It’s about knowing how to utilize R&M as a competitive advantage. More specifically, knowing what allows you to compete, what defines your level of competitiveness and what allows you to win.
Topics covered:

  • Why R&M is critical to your operational success-key concepts
  • What leaders should know to enable R&M excellence
  • Reliability of people, process and product= reliable and stable operation = safe and cost effective operation
  • Life Cycle Asset Management
  • R&M Business Excellence models
  • Justifying R&M initiatives
  • Maximizing ROI with R&M
  • Knowing what:
  • Allows you to compete
    • Defines your level of competitiveness
    • Allows you to win
  • Best Practice Key Performance Indicators
  • Using R&M to move to Top Quartile KPl’s (safety, productivity, asset utilization, OEE, inventory, culture, cost, etc.)
  • Understanding Continuous Improvement and impacts of an engaged workforce
  • Managing the R&M culture
  • R&M Levels of Maturity
    • Knowing where you are and what next
    • Understanding the KPI to Maturity Level relationship
  • Strategic Planning for R&M
  • Developing your R&M Roadmap



Dr. Klaus M. Blache

Klaus BlacheDr. Blache has over 30 years of experience in various areas of manufacturing and continuous improvement (processes, products and people). Included are areas such as lean manufacturing, reliability & maintenance, competitive analysis, continuous improvement tools & techniques, new facility planning and implementation, industrial engineering, ergonomics, and change management. In the past seven years he has visited/worked with about 200 facilities and has written and lectured globally in numerous technical and management areas. Klaus is currently at the University of Tennessee as the Director of the Reliability & Maintainability Center and Research Professor (College of Engineering). Prior to that, his most recent corporate assignments were Manufacturing Engineering Director (Cadillac), Engineering Launch Manager (new assembly plant), Global Manager of Manufacturing Reliability & Maintenance, and Manager – Corporate Industrial Engineering for General Motors. His experiences include implementing large changes and sustainable continuous improvement all around the world, developing a Corporate R&M process and global implementation, plant assessments/benchmarking and numerous related assignments. Klaus is also a past Chairman of SMRP (Society of Maintenance & Reliability Professionals).


Joe Park (Novelis)

Joe_ParksJoe Park is currently serving at Novelis in the position of Global Director for Reliability. In this position he is responsible for training, coaching, auditing, and development of Reliability programs within Novelis manufacturing facilities worldwide. In the past as a Certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt, he lead major projects in multiple manufacturing sites and was responsible for training and coaching of Novelis Black Belts and Green Belts. Prior to this he spent 9 years as the Engineering Reliability Leader for the finishing department at Logan Aluminum. He received his BSEE from Tennessee State University in 1988.Joe is an ASQ Certified Reliability Engineer and CMRP.

Note: 2nd Instructor may be substituted based on availability.

Members: $1495

Non-Members: $1695

Course Agenda



Included in the fee are all course materials (Bootcamp Workbook, The Relativity of Continuous Improvement book by Dr. Blache), snacks & refreshments, lunch on days 2, 3 & 4, and one networking dinner.



“Hotel Reservations will be made by calling the Best Western Plus Bloomington Front Desk directly at 952-854-8200 and requesting a room under the Amber White room block. Room block pricing will continue to be honored as long as rooms are available at the discounted rate of $140 a night. Good for 3 days prior and 3 days post event, so come in early or stay late.

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