Rob's Reliability Project

Rob's Reliability Project

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A podcast for reliability and maintenance people looking to better themselves both at work and at home! For more reliability information, visit robsreliability.com


A Plant Manager’s Perspective with Joe Kuhn
Oct 15 • 49 min
On this week’s episode, I welcome Joe Kuhn on to the show. We discuss how to get your plant manager to buy into your reliability initiatives and why pairing data with observation is a great idea. If you haven’t yet, check out my website…
Why You Need to Talk About Risk - PEMAC’s MainTrain Conference
Oct 8 • 41 min
This week’s episode is a presentation that Rob Kalwarowsky gave at PEMAC’s MainTrain conference on September 18th titled, “Why You Need to Talk About Risk”. I want to thank PEMAC for letting me share my thoughts and for collaborating me on the Edmonton…
Optimizing Your Performance with Dr. Liam LaTouche, ND
Oct 1 • 52 min
On this week’s episode, I welcome on my friend and naturopathic doctor, Liam LaTouche, ND back to the show. We discuss how to optimize your performance through mindset, physical and emotional health. Liam recommends a fair amount of books and other…
Lubricant Degradation with Sanya Mathura
Sep 24 • 49 min
Welcome to Rob’s Reliability Project, I’m Rob Kalwarowsky. On this week’s episode, I welcome on Sanya Mathura from Strategic Reliability Solutions. We talk about lubricant degradation mechanisms, oxidation and what oil analysis tests we should be looking…
CMMS in the Real World with Drew Welch
Sep 17 • 46 min
Welcome to Rob’s Reliability Project, I’m Rob Kalwarowsky. On this week’s episode, I welcome on Drew Welch from Resilient Reliability. We talk about how 39% of plants don’t use a CMMS, why people using a paper system should move to a mobile solution and…
Reliability, Asset Management & Water Polo with LaWayne Smith
Sep 10 • 40 min
Welcome to Rob’s Reliability Project, I’m Rob Kalwarowsky. On this week’s episode, I welcome on LaWayne Smith to talk about my new role in asset management, the relationship between asset management and reliability and the parallels between reliability…
Using AI to Optimize Processes with Don Doan
Sep 3 • 48 min
Welcome to Rob’s Reliability Project, I’m Rob Kalwarowsky. On this week’s episode, I welcome on Don Doan from Symphony Azima AI to talk about using machine learning to optimize processes. We talk about using supervised machine learning & why we still need…
Voice of the Customer with Shadrach Stephens
Aug 27 • 46 min
On this week’s episode, I welcome on Shadrach Stephens to talk about collaboration, reliability leadership and the voice of the customer. If you haven’t yet, check out my website robsreliability.com and sign up for the weekly reliability newsletter with…
Reliability in Mining with Steve Dobie
Aug 20 • 41 min
This week’s episode focuses around reliability in mining with Steve Dobie. We talk about changing cultures, haul truck tires and the impact of autonomous trucking on reliability. If you haven’t yet, check out my website robsreliability.com and sign up for…
Manufacturing and the IIoT with Kate Cohen
Aug 13 • 46 min
On this week’s episode, I welcome on Kate Cohen of Automation Intellect to talk about the manufacturing industry and it’s challenges with the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). We discuss what the IIoT is and what it’s supposed to deliver. We discuss…
Mobile CMMS & CMRP Prep with Ryan Chan
Aug 6 • 41 min
Welcome to Rob’s Reliability Project, I’m Rob Kalwarowsky. On this week’s episode, I welcome on Ryan Chan, CEO of Upkeep, to discuss his recent CMRP certification, common mistakes companies make when implementing a CMMS and Ryan gives us his top CMMS…
Personal Development with Joe Anderson & George Williams
Jul 30 • 45 min
On this week’s episode, I welcome on George Williams and Joe Anderson from ReliabilityX to talk about personal development. We discuss how setting a vision for yourself should help you determine what you need to do right now and how fear often holds us…
Why You Shouldn’t Rely on MTBF with Fred Schenkelberg
Jul 23 • 48 min
This week, I welcome Fred Schenkelberg back to the show to talk about mean time between failures and the basics of reliability math. Long story short, I hope you’re not using MTBF as a proxy for reliability! If you haven’t yet, check out my website…
Electrical Signature Analysis with Howard Penrose
Jul 16 • 51 min
Welcome to Rob’s Reliability Project, I’m Rob Kalwarowsky. On this week’s episode I welcome on Howard Penrose to talk about electrical signature analysis. Howard is the president of MotorDoc and a past chair of the Society of Maintenance & Reliability…
Asset Management, Risk & Business Processes with Suzane Greeman
Jul 9 • 48 min
This week I’m joined by Suzane Greeman to discuss asset management and why your business processes are holding you back from achieving your reliability goals. If you haven’t yet, check out my website robsreliability.com and sign up for the weekly…
Computerized Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS) with John Reeve
Jul 2 • 34 min
On this week’s episode, I am joined by John Reeve, co-author of Failure Modes to Failure Codes to talk about computerized maintenance management systems (CMMS). We talk about how we can use a CMMS to facilitate chronic failure analysis, how to properly…
Implementing AI with Adam McElhinney & Derek Valine
Jun 25 • 38 min
On this week’s episode, I am joined by Adam McElhinney and Derek Valine from Uptake to discuss artificial intelligence implementation. We talk about analyzing work order data and if AI will replace us all in the industrial space. I have released my own…
Starting a Reliability Journey with LaWayne Smith
Jun 18 • 40 min
On this week’s show, I welcome on LaWayne Smith. LaWayne is the Asset Management and Reliability Manager at the University of Kansas Medical Center. We talk about LaWayne’s journey in reliability, how he’s gotten KUMC started in asset management and he…
Planning with James Kovacevic
Jun 11 • 39 min
This week on Rob’s Reliability Project, I welcome James Kovacevic back to the show to discuss planning. We talk about the differences between planning and scheduling, what planners should be doing and James gives us his top planning tips. I have released…
Systems Engineering with Rob Gabrielcyzk
Jun 4 • 43 min
On this week’s episode, I welcome Rob Gabrielcyzk to the show. Rob is the managing director of AEON Engineering and an expert in systems engineering. We discuss some principles of systems engineering and look at some of the parallels between systems…
5 Habits of Extraordinary Reliability Engineers with Peter Horsburgh
May 28 • 49 min
This week on Rob’s Reliability Project, I welcome on Peter Horsburgh to talk about his book, 5 Habits of Extraordinary Reliability Engineers. We talk about what the 5 habits are, how to apply them and Peter gives us his top tips on how to become an…
Proper Bearing Installation with Bernd Seidenthal
May 21 • 42 min
This week on Rob’s Reliability Project, I welcome on Bernd Seidenthal to talk about proper bearing installation. We discuss why installing bearings properly is important, what people get wrong when installing bearings and Bernd gives his top tips for how…
Thermography with Paul Goodbody
May 14 • 45 min
On this week’s episode, I welcome Paul Goodbody on to the show. Paul is a level 3 thermographer and the IRISS. We talk about what we can detect using infrared cameras, how often we should take readings and Paul gives us some top tips for using…
Lucas Marino Turns the Tables on Rob
May 7 • 48 min
This week on Rob’s Reliability Project, Lucas Marino guest hosts the show and puts me to the test. We talk about my experience running the podcast, what I’ve learned throughout my reliability career and what I think the differences between reliability and…
RCM-R Deep Dive with Jesus Sifonte
Apr 30 • 39 min
On this week’s episode, I welcome back on to the show, author of RCM - Re-Engineered, Jesus Sifonte to take a deeper look at RCM. We talk about the importance of defining a proper operating context, primary, secondary and hidden functions and why having a…
FMECA with Andrew Curry
Apr 23 • 44 min
On this week’s episode, I welcome on Andrew Curry to the podcast to discuss Failure Mode, Effects & Criticality Analysis (FMECA) and changing reliability culture from reactive to proactive. My calendar has been filling up lately with conferences and I…
Calibration with John Cummins
Apr 16 • 40 min
On this week’s episode, I welcome on John Cummins, the CEO of CalOpex. We discuss why calibration frequencies need to be risk-based and why we need to talk about calibration at our facilities. My calendar has been filling up lately with conferences and I…
Reliability Blockchain with Tim Ingram
Apr 9 • 46 min
This week, I welcome on Tim Ingram. Tim is an asset management consultant and the chair of UK’s mirror committee for ISO 55000. In this episode, I speak to Tim about reliability blockchain, a concept of crowdsourcing reliability data from OEMs and…
The Art of Reliability with Fred Schenkelberg
Apr 2 • 53 min
This week, I welcome on Fred Schenkelberg. If you haven’t heard of Fred, you haven’t been looking hard enough. Fred runs accendoreliability.com, does reliability consulting, teaches reliability at University of Maryland and co-hosts the Speaking of…
Precision Alignment with Adam Stredel
Mar 26 • 46 min
This week is another 2 part episode. In the first part, I welcome on Maureen Gribble from UE Systems to give us some details on their conference, Reliable Asset World/Ultrasound World, May 14-17, 2019. I’ll be there and I’ll be podcasting so if you’re…
Failing Companies & Personal Development with Calvin Williams
Mar 19 • 57 min
This week, I welcome on the CEO of Impruver Technologies, Calvin Williams. Last time Calvin was on we spent a lot of time getting into continuous improvement and some of the strategies behind it. This time I wanted to dive deeper into a 5 Why video that…
Root Cause Analysis (RCA) Deep Dive with Holcombe Baird
Mar 12 • 40 min
This week, I welcome on the principal root cause analysis (RCA) investigator for Reliability Center, Holcombe Baird. We take a deeper look at the RCA process and Holcombe gives us his insights on what makes a good investigator and how we can avoid some…
Reliability Centered Maintenance - Reengineered with Jesus Sifonte
Mar 5 • 39 min
This week, I welcome Jesus Sifonte to the show. Jesus wrote Reliability Centered Maintenance – Reengineered with James Reyes-Picknell. He is also the founder of PdM Tech and Conscious Reliability. We discuss what makes a great RCM facilitator, what makes…
Risk, Decision Making & Uncertainty with Devin Luquist
Feb 26 • 50 min
This week, I welcome my good friend Devin Luquist to the show. Most of you won’t know Devin but he’s a chemical engineer who has worked in oil & gas for the last 7 years before starting his own artificial intelligence company, Woven Cognition. Devin and I…
Ultrasound Deep Dive with Adrian Messer
Feb 19 • 47 min
On this week’s episode, I welcome Adrian Messer from UE Systems to the show. We talk more about how to use ultrasound as a predictive maintenance tool and different mechanical faults that you can detect. We also dive into some of the nuts and bolts of…
Holistic Physical Asset Management with Dharmen Dhaliah
Feb 12 • 44 min
On this week’s episode, I welcome Dharmen Dhaliah to the show. Dharmen is the author of Physical Asset Management - An Organizational Challenge and he’s the corporate asset manager for the town of Halton Hills in Ontario, Canada. We discuss the concept of…
Key Performance Indicators with James Kovacevic
Feb 5 • 36 min
This is a 2 part episode, in the first part, I welcome on Jordan Cohen, director of uMaintenance to talk about his upcoming conference, MaintenanceCon, that I will be speaking at in Chicago in April of 2019. It’s a quick segment but hopefully some of you…
Listener Questions about AI with Rajiv Anand
Jan 29 • 44 min
On this week’s show, I welcome on Rajiv Anand, the founder and CEO of Quartic.AI. During this episode, Rajiv explains different types of projects where AI would be a good solution, how much data we need to get started and answers some other listener…
Artificial Intelligence Primer with Adam McElhinney
Jan 22 • 46 min
On this week’s episode, I welcome on Adam McElhinney. Adam is the Chief of Machine Learning and AI Strategy from Uptake and, in his spare time, he teaches computer science and math at the Illinois Institute of Technology. During this episode, Adam…
Level of Repair Analysis (LORA) with Lucas Marino
Jan 15 • 45 min
This week on Rob’s Reliability Project, I welcome Lucas Marino back on to the show for a discussion on Level of Repair Analysis or LORA. LORA is one of Lucas’ specialties so it’s a pleasure to have him on to discuss it with us. If you have any questions,…
What Should Reliability Engineers Do? with James Hunting
Jan 8 • 47 min
On this week’s episode, I welcome James Hunting back on to the show. We talk about what reliability engineers should be working on, Pareto/bad actor lists and why maintenance work can be appealing over reliability work. If you haven’t yet, subscribe to…
Alcohol & Weight Loss with Dr. Liam LaTouche, ND
Dec 18, 2018 • 32 min
On this week’s episode, Dr. Liam LaTouche, ND returns to the show. We talk about staying healthy over the holidays, alcohol consumption and effective weight loss. Check out Liam LaTouche Wellness - liamlatouche.com Check out Thrive Workplace Wellness -…
Ultrasound with Sean Miller
Dec 11, 2018 • 47 min
On this week’s episode, I welcome Sean Miller from UE Systems on to the show. We talk about using ultrasound for lubrication and as a predictive maintenance tool. If you have any questions, business inquiries or if you’d like to appear on the podcast,…
Simplifying Maintenance with Gerard Wood
Dec 4, 2018 • 39 min
On this week’s episode, I welcome the author of Simplifying Mining Maintenance, Gerard Wood, on to the show. We talk about maintenance, why we need to do plant walk-arounds to get quick wins and Gerard breaks down some easy ways to engage with the shop…
Continuous Improvement with Calvin Williams
Nov 27, 2018 • 48 min
On this week’s episode, I welcome continuous improvement expert, Calvin Williams, on to the show. We talk about continuous improvement, mistakes people make when looking at OEE and why a targeted improvement approach geared at business goals makes more…
Leadership with Lucas Marino
Nov 20, 2018 • 52 min
On this week’s episode, I welcome back Lucas Marino, branch chief for the US Coast Guard and founder of Marino consulting back on to the show. We talk about leadership styles, communication and why trust is so important in leadership. Follow Rob’s…
Vibration Analysis with John Bernet
Nov 13, 2018 • 43 min
This week’s episode is sponsored by Fluke and I welcome back John Bernet to the show. We talk about why we need to start off with criticality or RCM to determine our maintenance strategies, mistakes people make when starting a vibration analysis program…
What Really Motivates with Michelle Ledet Henley
Nov 6, 2018 • 39 min
In this week’s episode, I speak with Michelle Ledet Henley about her SMRP conference talk, “Ball Caps and Barbecues? What Really Motivates.” We talk about internal versus external motivation and how to properly engage your people in a reliability…
Do You Treat Your Data Like an Asset? with Suzane Greeman
Oct 30, 2018 • 49 min
In this week’s episode I speak with asset management expert, Suzane Greeman, about her article, ‘Is Your Asset Information Treated as as Asset?’ We dive into what is an asset, why data is so important in making correct equipment decisions and why your…
Machine Condition with Arun Santhebennur
Oct 23, 2018 • 42 min
In this week’s episode, I welcome on the co-founder of Petasense, Arun Santhebennur. We talk about why we need to monitor multiple parameters when looking at machine condition and how to apply machine learning correctly. Check out Petasense -…
Wireless Vibration Sensors with John Bernet
Oct 16, 2018 • 41 min
This week’s episode is sponsored by Fluke and my guest is John Bernet. We talk about the benefits of using wireless vibration sensors compared to traditional vibration routes, why we need to start with an understanding of our equipment before rolling out…
Spare Parts Management with James Kovacevic
Oct 9, 2018 • 43 min
On this week’s episode, I welcome James Kovacevic back to discuss spare parts management. We talk about what mistakes companies make when choosing inventory levels, why we hold spare parts and how to start looking at your store room more critically.…
Through the Eye of a Hurricane with Lucas Marino
Oct 2, 2018 • 42 min
In this week’s episode, I welcome on Lucas Marino, Branch Chief of the Engineering and Weapons School for the US Coast Guard. We talk about what it’s like to ride through the eye of a hurricane and the reliability culture in the US Coast Guard. Follow…
Living Reliability with Bob Latino
Sep 25, 2018 • 35 min
On this week’s episode of Rob’s Reliability Project, I welcome Bob Latino back on to discuss why reliability is a way of life and the 14 principles of living reliability. Follow Bob Latino on LinkedIn -…
Merging AI with Failure Modes with Mark Benak
Sep 18, 2018 • 44 min
This week, I welcome Mark Benak on to the podcast. Mark is the VP of Business Ventures at Uptake. We talk about why merging a library of failure modes with artificial intelligence makes stronger predictive analytics. Follow Mark Benak on LinkedIn -…
Lubrication Deep Dive with Sanya Mathura
Sep 11, 2018 • 42 min
On this week’s episode, I welcome Sanya Mathura back on the podcast to take a deeper dive into lubrication and oil analysis. I hope you enjoy more detail and if you want even more depth on lubrication, let Sanya or I know on LinkedIn. Check out Strategic…
The IIoT and What’s Right in Reliability
Sep 4, 2018 • 44 min
George Williams and Joe Anderson are back on to discuss the IIoT and what’s right in reliability. This is a follow up to our discussion last time about what’s wrong in reliability. Follow George Williams on Twitter @ReliabilityX Follow Joe Anderson on…
Asset Management Policy with Paul Crocker
Aug 28, 2018 • 41 min
In this week’s episode, I welcome reliability leader Paul Crocker to the podcast to discuss his asset management policy, his mindset and the work he’s done in lubrication at the Kansas Board of Public Utilities Nearman Water Treatment Plant. Join Paul…
Root Cause Analysis (RCA) with Bob Latino
Aug 21, 2018 • 45 min
On this week’s episode, I welcome Bob Latino on to discuss Root Cause Analysis (RCA) and we dive into why opportunity analysis are so important to shift our mindset to a proactive approach. Follow Bob Latino on LinkedIn:…
Preventive Maintenance Optimization (PMO) - James Kovacevic
Aug 14, 2018 • 38 min
On this week’s episode of Rob’s Reliability Project, I sit down with James Kovacevic and talk about preventive maintenance optimizations (PMOs). James helps us understand what a PMO is, how we can do it better and gives us some tips on what to avoid.…
What’s Wrong in Reliability
Aug 7, 2018 • 51 min
On this week’s podcast, I welcome George Williams and Joe Anderson on to discuss what’s wrong in the reliability industry, what we can do better and the importance of aligning our actions with our vision and goals. Follow George Williams on Twitter…
Culture Change & Spare Room Management with Ricky Smith
Jul 31, 2018 • 31 min
On this week’s episode, I sit down with Ricky Smith and talk about culture change, spare room management and taking the CMRP. I hope you enjoy it! Follow Ricky Smith on LinkedIn at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rickysmithcmrp/ Follow Rob Kalwarowsky on…
Precision Maintenance & Spare Parts with James Hunting
Jul 24, 2018 • 51 min
James Hunting joins me on Rob’s Reliability Project this week to discuss Reliability Leadership, Precision Maintenance and Spare Parts Management. For information on Fluid Life’s services go to www.fluidlife.com For all podcast episodes of Rob’s…
Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) with Nancy Regan
Jul 17, 2018 • 40 min
In this week’s episode of the Reliability Rocks Podcast, I sit down with RCM expert Nancy Regan to discuss how to do RCM well, what to avoid and how it relates to poker. If you want to avoid mistakes defining failure modes, check out Nancy’s video tip at…
E7 - How to Stay Healthy on the Road
Jul 10, 2018 • 35 min
This episode’s for all the listeners who travel a lot, for work or pleasure, and want to stay healthy while on the road. Dr. LaTouche from Thrive Workplace Wellness, www.thriveworkplacewellness.com, shares his tips on sleep, diet and exercise while…
E6 - How to Build Culture and Engage Your People
Jul 3, 2018 • 20 min
I give you 6 tips on how to engage people and build a reliability culture so you can progress on your reliability journey. I hope you enjoy it! Music by Painted Doll
E5 - How You Can Do Machine Learning
Jun 22, 2018 • 18 min
In today’s episode, I break down how you can start using machine learning without needing a data scientist or without knowing how to code Python or R. Check it out! Music by Painted Doll
E4 - Blair Fraser - Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning
Jun 19, 2018 • 46 min
I sit down and have a great discussion about Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence and how to apply them at your site with Blair Fraser, a digital transformation leader from Lakeside Process Controls. Music by Painted Doll
E03 - Sanya Mathura - Reliability, RCA and Lubrication
Jun 11, 2018 • 43 min
Sanya Mathura joins me to talk about her experience in reliability in the Caribbean, root cause analyses, oil analysis and lubrication. Check it out! Music by Painted Doll
Episode 2 - Eating on the Go - Dr. Liam LaTouche, ND
Jun 3, 2018 • 62 min
My guest today is Dr. Liam LaTouche, ND. He helps me understand how to eat healthy on the go and while on the road. You can get more information from Dr. LaTouche at www.liamlatouche.com (for personal use) or www.thriveworkplacewellness.com (for corporate…