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Troubleshooting Equipment Failures


Date(s) - October 31st, 2017 - November 2nd, 2017
8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Samuel Adams Pennsylvania Brewery Company

Troubleshooting Equipment Failures

October 31 and November 1, 2, 2017
8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Host Location:
Sam Adams Pennsylvania Brewery
7880 Penn Drive
Breinigsville, PA 18031 
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This three-day course will be hosted at the Sam Adams Pennsylvania Brewery and will provide the hands-on skills and strategies to make the switch from firefighting to true Maintenance Excellence.  Participants will receive real-life, hands-on experience while learning the importance of an effective methodology for equipment troubleshooting.

Are you maintaining your equipment or repairing it? Do your people change part after part until your machinery can run again?

Do you understand …

  • What your equipment is supposed to do and why it is doing it?
  • What your equipment is supposed to do and how it should do it?
  • Troubleshooting a process requires structured, organized thinking?


A 9-step process is taught to get you to permanently resolve acute, chronic and intermittent failures.


The 9 Step Process for Troubleshooting Equipment Failures

  1. Preparation
  • Identifying what the equipment SHOULD do
  • Understanding the sequence of operations
  • Understanding permissives
  • Understanding equipment sub-systems
  • Typical machinery functions
  • Establishing the right mind set
  • Acquiring the right skills
  • Acquiring background information


  1. Assessing the situation
  • Establishing a safe work environment
  • Performing the initial response to the failure
  • Information gathering and documentation
  • Understanding the situation immediately prior to the failure
  • Interviewing the equipment operator
  • Examine the physical damage
  • Preventing further damage


  1. Reproducing the symptom
  • Establish a safe procedures to restart the equipment
  • Mapping out possible unexpected responses
  • Typical test procedures
  • Using “ 5 Whys”


  1. Performing corrective maintenance
  • Eliminate the obvious
  • What have we done in the past when this happens?
  • Verify power sources
  • Examine machine diagnostics
  • Perform routine preventive maintenance
  • Identify ‘what changed?’


  1. Identifying the root cause
  • Identify the starting point
  • Using the ‘divide and conquer’ strategy
  • Identify the baseline conditions for operation
  • Verify proper performance of individual equipment sub-systems
  • Compare baseline to actual performance
  • Apply root cause analysis tactics to identify the underlying problem


  1. Correct the root cause of the failure
  • Perform the repair
  • World class maintenance & repair techniques
  • Set operating parameters to baseline values


  1. Testing the solutions
  • Common testing procedures
  • More problem solving processes


  1. Celebrate the accomplishment


  1. Preventing recurrence
  • TPM – Total Productive Maintenance
  • PdM – Predictive Maintenance
  • RCM – Reliability Centered Maintenance


Cost: $990/person, or $890/person for 3 or more persons

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Larry Bouvier, CMRP
Project Manager
Fuss & O’Neill Manufacturing Solutions (FOMS)

Larry has decades of experience in heavy industrial maintenance as a maintenance technician, plant engineer, maintenance and plant engineering manager and project manager in the steelmaking, foundry, machining, plating, and flexographic printing industries. His focus on personal development, coaching and training of his employees, peers and clients has been instrumental in helping the companies he has worked for and his clients achieve World Class Maintenance by leading and developing maintenance organizations, establishing maintenance best practices and improving processes and equipment reliability. He possesses excellent leadership, organizational and hands-on skills and has done maintenance organization building, shop floor and class room training in TPM, RCM, Maintenance Excellence, Maintenance Skills and Productivity improvements

Note:  All registration fees must be received in advance of the date of your event. Also, MRC must be notified two weeks in advance of this event if you need to cancel, otherwise we can only grant a credit to another MRC event. Remember, you can also send a substitute.


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