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This course explores how to design plants and equipment to be reliable and how to maintain the reliability over the life cycle.

2019/03/18 to 2019/03/20
When: 2019/03/18
Contact: Linda Robinson

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Reliability Engineering Workshop

Event Date :18-20 March 2019
Time :  08:30 - 16:00 Approx., Daily Registration from 08:00

Booking Closure Date: 8 March 2019
Event Code: A3819
CPD Accreditation Number : SAIMechE-1228-12/21

Sica's Guest House & Conference Centre,
19 Owen Avenue, Mayville, Durban
Teas and lunch will be provided.


Member - R6 900.00 (R6 000.00 + VAT R900.00)
Non-member - R12 075.00 (R10 000.00 + VAT R1 575.00)

Terms & Conditions: SAIMechE KZN Branch does not offer credit terms. To secure your booking, payment must be made and proof of payment sent by 8 March 2019 to  
Our banking details are:
Bank:  First National Bank,   Branch: Davenport,   Branch code: 22 02 26
Account holder: The SA Institution of Mechanical Eng– KZN Branch
Account number: 62178684968
Certification and Material:
Each delegate will be provided with a manual of course material.  This workshop carries 3 CPD points. 
This course explores how to design plants and equipment to be reliable and how to maintain the reliability over the life cycle.

Contents of Workshop:
 Basic Statistics
 Reliability of Components
 Weibull Analysis
 Reliability of Systems
 Maintenance Optimisation – RCM and TPM
 Laplace Analysis
 Case Studies
 Reliability Management
 Availability, Reliability and Maintainability
 Root Cause Analysis

Workshop Outcome and Benefits:
 An understanding of the principles of Reliability Engineering during the entire lifecycle of a system.
 An understanding of Reliability Engineering as the foundation of modern maintenance practice.
 An understanding of the relationship between reliability, maintenance and systems engineering.

Who Should Attend:
 Top, Middle and Front-Line Management, Engineers and Technicians with several years of experience in plant design, operation or maintenance.
Workshop Programme:

Day 1
History of Engineering and the appearance of Reliability Engineering as a separate discipline
• Weapons Development in the Second World War
• The foundational work of Robert Lusser

Module 1:
Component Reliability
• The use of statistics
• The Failure Probability Density Function
• The Weibull function
• The Bathtub curve

Module 2:
System Reliability
• System configurations
• Reliability, Maintainability and Availability
• The Decomposition Method
• Redundancy
• M out of N redundancy
• Interconnections
• Reduced Capacity States
• Cut sets
• Simulation
• Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA)
• Fault Tree Analysis (FTA)

Module 3:
Maintenance Optimisation
• The reason we have to maintain
• Semantics in Maintenance Management
• Know your plant and keep it good as new
• Data Collection: The Big Five
• Reliability Centred Maintenance (RCM)
• Total Productive Maintenance (TPM)
• ISO 55 000
• Wrench Time


Module 4:

Incident Investigation aka Root Cause Analysis
• Kipling’s Serving Men
• The Five Whys
• Kepner Tregoe
• The ASSET Methodology
• Fault Trees

Module 5:
Other Techniques Essential for Modern Reliability Management - I
• Configuration Management
• Codification
• Lubrication
• Reverse Engineering
• Regression Analysis

Module 6:
Other Techniques Essential for Modern Reliability Management - II
• Systems Engineering
• Financial Optimisation
• Linear Programming
• Project Management
• The Management Triangle


Module 7:

Management of the Reliability Function
• The Management Process
• A History of Management Thought
• Stress in Management
• Communication in Management – up, down and sideways
• The Characteristics of a Successful Reliability Engineer
• The Characteristics of a Successful Reliability Manager

Module 8:
Other Design Issues
• Factors of Safety – A Reliability Engineering Approach
• Intrinsic Reliability
• Computer Programs
1. In design
2. In testing
3. In maintenance

Mr. Edgar Bradley

B.Sc. (Mech.Eng.) (Wits), M.Sc. (University of Akron, Ohio), MBA,
Cranfield Institute of Technology, UK, Pr.Eng., GCC,
Memberships: SAIIE, Mensa South Africa,
Southern African Maintenance Association,
USA Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals

Mr Bradley has over 50 years of industrial experience. For over a decade Mr. Bradley has been a Consulting Mechanical Engineer specializing in RAM (Reliability, Availability and Maintainability) and is the author of the book Reliability Engineering – A Life Cycle Approach, published by CRC in the USA. His training is offered extensively to the petrochemical industry in the Middle East and in South Africa. He has organised conferences on Engineering Topics, such as Coal Milling Plant and is a consultant to various organisations in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana on RAM. Clients include petrochemical companies, power utilities, mines, earth moving equipment manufacturers, munitions manufacturers, a hotel group and metal refineries. He has presented his expertise at courses in South Africa and the Middle East. His previous work experience includes over 30 years with Eskom in various positions, culminating as Chief RAM Engineer, prior to which he was Plant Engineer at an engineering company, and Engineering Manager at a manufacturer of cryogenic equipment to the liquid gas industry in South Africa, Angola, Mozambique, Portugal and New Zealand, as well as an Pipework Engineer for Stewarts and Lloyds, Johannesburg where his professional career commenced. His contribution to the academic profession has been as part-time lecturer at University of the Witwatersrand in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, lecturing students on inter alia, Reliability Engineering, Maintenance Engineering, Project Management, Principles of Management and Industrial Marketing. He has also lectured at the University of Pretoria in a similar capacity. He lectures at North West University in Reliability Engineering and Systems Engineering. He has lectured Quality at the Namibian University of Science and Technology, Windhoek. His honorary positions include 2002 & 2006 as President - Southern African Maintenance Association, and Accredited Auditor, Southern African Maintenance Association - 2002. Mr. Bradley is also a retired Major of the South African Defence Force.

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