Partnering, Development, and More

Partnering, Development, and More

Transformational Performance Solutions can help your organization define a clear and simple reliability and maintenance strategy.

Dr. Wright has hands-on led and trained thousands of people on the topic of machinery reliability, lubrication, contamination control, oil analysis, and plant reliability management. He is sought out by the leaders in all industries to develop materials to educate and certify specialists. His investment is as the end user, responsible to plant leadership for plant reliability. While most others sell the idea that they have read about, Nathan partners with organizations and has done the hard work.

Services Provided

Reliability Assessments

TPS will partner with you to realize your true potential and reach your reliability and maintenance goals. Every manufacturing plant wants to improve their uptime, lower maintenance costs, and increase their overall productivity. But if you don’t understand the gap between where you are now, and how exceptional you could be, it is hard close that gap. The best you can do is simply “try harder.” Unfortunately, trying harder won’t take you where you want to go. You need a clear assessment and a focused implementation plan.

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Reliability Program Design

TPS will partner with your organization to develop the correct approach to achieving your business goals, working to build your reliability program plan and document exactly what "current best practices" (tasks, methods, tools, analysis, and tests) are required for a particular (sub)system, as well as clarify your operation optimum reference state.

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PM Optimization

TPS will work with your organization to identify the optimum PM strategy for your reliability goals. PM optimization is a process to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the PM process. Learn to differentiate between PM effectiveness and efficiency: Effective PMs address and reduce the consequence of specific, probable failure modes. Many PM optimization efforts occur without the participants understanding of how to define the appropriate maintenance strategy for their assets. With 84% of failures self-induced and 40% of those due to human error, doing the wrong PM tasks can introduce a failure to an otherwise stable system, especially with intrusive maintenance approaches.

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Lubrication program design

Our Lubrication Program Development provides a highly detailed plan of attack to achieve lubrication excellence. Our experienced and focused team of elite lubrication professionals do the leg work to deliver this turn-key solution quickly, so you can begin enjoying the cost-saving, proven reliability benefits. TPS works collaboratively with clients to develop proactive, efficient lubrication and oil analysis programs. Our approach provides the framework for assessing, designing, implementing, and sustaining lubrication excellence.

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Planning and scheduling

TPS will collaborate with your team to assess and develop the ability to effectively plan and schedule maintenance work. Together we will structure your maintenance organization to allow for planners/schedulers to be introduced successfully to a reactive maintenance environment, with the goal of moving to a proactive maintenance approach. Understanding the correct process for work management from the initial work order to job execution is imperative to planning/scheduling. The roles and responsibilities of planners/schedulers are to rank, and prioritize maintenance work, and use Key Performance Indicators to track your planning and scheduling process. TPS’s role is to act as a catalyst, trainer, and accelerator to coach improvements.

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Identification and elimination of root causes

TPS will assess your current state root cause process and collaborate with your team to develop a process designed to eliminate causes of unreliability throughout your organization. The root cause is the core issue—the highest-level cause—that sets in motion the entire cause-and-effect reaction that ultimately leads to the problem(s). TPS focuses its unique approach to be user friendly at all levels of the organization, and on elimination not analysis.

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Project Management

TPS will work together with your team to implement a step-by-step guide to project management without stifling innovation and agility. Leaders at rapidly growing organizations establish a project management approach to often achieve better control over which projects are started, more oversight of projects in progress and practical project management to help support the business. The challenge is to provide the structure of project management without stifling innovation and agility. TPS has a practical, three-step approach to accomplish this:
Assess the current situation and establish a baseline.
Establish a fit-for-purpose project methodology.
Implement, monitor, and improve your project management process.

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Spare Parts and Materials Management

TPS works with your organization to understand that your storeroom and spare parts are usually the area with more opportunities regarding reliability operation. We will identify what good looks like, what elements are needed, and how can we change our stores towards these current best practices?

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Leadership Development

Using the most copied and validated approach to development of leaders, TPS will work with your leaders to individually develop them using the proven guide for developing exemplary leadership in diverse cultures, organizations, and leadership positions. TPS uses the Full Range Leadership Development (FRLD) process, which has become the standard for providing leadership training around the world in business, military, religious, and educational contexts.

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Organizational Development

TPS has team members with an advanced degree in organizational development and change coupled with practical experience and original research on this topic with peer reviewed and published results. Organizational Development is the development of the whole organization so that it can respond to change effectively. OD tends to ensure that all parts of the organization are well coordinated to solve the problems and opportunities that are brought by change. To accomplish this, your organization needs a partner with the education and experience to achieve the goal.

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Skilled Trades Development

TPS has the unique ability to develop skilled trades personnel because their team is comprised of journeyman certified trades personnel. TPS can work alongside your teams to mentor your personnel, like only a journeyman trades person can. A skilled trade is any occupation that requires a particular skill set, knowledge, or ability. It is usually a hands-on job, but skilled trades are found in every career cluster.

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Development of Apprenticeship Programs

TPS has trained and developed thousands of skilled trades personnel. TPS will work with your team to deliver a registered apprenticeship which combines on-the-job learning with related classroom instruction that increases an apprentice’s skill level and wages. It is a proven solution for businesses to recruit, train, and retain highly skilled workers. To combat the lack of skilled trades personnel available in the marketplace today, an apprenticeship is a flexible training strategy that can be customized to meet the needs of every business. It can be integrated into current training and human resource development strategies. Apprentices can be new hires – or businesses can select current employees to join the apprenticeship program. Apprenticeships are a good way to reward high-performing entry-level employees and move them up the career ladder within the business.

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CMMS Development

TPS has developed some simple steps every organization can take prior to, during, and after their CMMS implementation to make sure their system is a success. While most facilities can benefit from CMMS software, it’s not always clear how to implement one successfully. In fact, CMMS implementation can be a task fraught with headaches, with over 70% of new CMMS projects failing to launch.

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Lubrication Programs

Lubrication Programs

I am only 1 of 63 people worldwide to have earned the Machinery Lubrication Engineer (MLE) certification from the International Council for Machinery Lubrication (ICML). This certification is the highest level of certification offered by the ICML and is without peer. It aligns and builds upon the ISO 55001:2014 standard, and ensures the holder possesses the knowledge and experience necessary to achieve and exceed such a standard.

70% of all unreliability in rotating assets is caused by the lack of a proper lubrication.

Mechanical wear of equipment components is common, and this is particularly true where improper lubrication is an issue. Particle and moisture contamination along with wrong or degraded lubricants are the prevalent causes creating rust on metal components, increasing oxidation rate, which leads to increased acid within the components. We focus on:

  • Lubrication Program Design
  • Lubrication Application Design
  • Lubrication Selection
  • Lubrication Storage, Handling, and Delivery
  • ISO Cleanliness Standards
  • Tribology
  • Lubrication Engineering
  • Lubrication Route Development
  • Ultrasonic Lubrication Procedure Development
  • Sampling Program
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Having the wrong lubrications even though you may be doing everything else right is like putting “lipstick on a pig”. You must start with the right lubricants.

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Consulting

Consulting

We have a three-step strategy to bring transformation.

Step 1: The Dream or Future State

Transformational Performance Solutions uses broad based understanding of current maintenance and reliability practices as a starting point for discussion. TPS guides the leadership of your company in developing a reliability and maintenance strategy.

Step 2: The Discover or Current State

Transformational Performance Solutions uses customized practices for your company to assess an operation or several operations in your organization to determine the status of current practices in each operation.

Step 3: The Design or How Do We Close the Gap

Transformational Performance Solutions and the client jointly develop an implementation plan for the improvement opportunities we have identified. TPS will contribute with experience in maintenance and reliability, change management, and hands on expertise across many industries. The implementation plan will be built by your team using TPS as a catalyst and one-on-one coach.

Implementation

At Transformational Performance Solutions, we not only educate and develop, but we also implement and coach execution of the improvements agreed upon with the client.

As Coaches, TPS transfers the knowledge and work procedures to your team as accurately and quickly as possible. We believe in practical, hands-on solutions to improve equipment reliability.

TPS brings a wealth of experience in reliability and maintenance improvement projects. We have worked all over the world in all types of industries.

Maintenance, Planning and Scheduling

Maintenance, Planning and Scheduling

TPS can help your organization by offering effective and customized or standard on-site classroom training in planning and scheduling. The programs are usually customized to our client.

We believe strongly in making sure the change process has buy-in and ownership in the organization. It is, therefore, important that a client’s organization takes ownership as soon as possible.

Proactive Maintenance

Proactive Maintenance

TPS believes that the elimination of the problem before it ever occurs gives the desired results of a reliability process, instead of the common approach of Root Cause Failure Analysis (RCFA).

At TPS we focus on:

  • A simplified, structured, practical approach to eliminating problems for the front-line (hourly and front-line supervision), to enable root cause analysis and elimination of problems on the plant floor.
  • Training and support for facilitators when going through root cause and problem-solving sessions.
  • Support to implement a complete root cause problem elimination business process for the plant.
  • We offer root cause problem elimination training for all levels of the organization.

We offer root cause analysis training for the front-line organization. Training is important, but the root cause process must be embedded in your organization to be sustainable.

This process includes:

  • How to record problems.
  • How to select problems to be analyzed.
  • What triggers are to be used?
  • How to document solutions.
  • How to share results within your plant and between several plants.
  • Use results for autonomous training.

Materials Management

Materials Management

Maintaining materials take up a large part of a plant's maintenance costs. Not having the right materials in the right place at the right time is a common cause of productivity loss and reduced reliability. This is one of the largest issues faced by many planners and supervisors. Reliability starts with a good design and accuracy based spare parts management.

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We focus on:

  • Understanding the impact of maintenance storeroom management on maintenance performance.
  • Organizing for efficient materials management and maximum plant reliability.
  • Aligning objectives for Purchasing, Storeroom and Maintenance managers.
  • Developing the skills required for effective maintenance materials management.
  • Understanding the critical importance of materials data accuracy.
  • Integrating materials management with plant reliability.
  • Inventory management basics for supplies and spare parts.
  • Developing a logical, step-by-step process to decide what spares to stock.
  • Managing obsolete stock.
  • Integrating materials and engineering information.
  • Creating spare parts lists efficiently.
  • Searching for parts and supplies effectively, even with your existing data.
  • Managing spare parts interchangeability.
  • Managing repairable spare parts.
  • Developing Work kits.
  • Using Storeroom information to track reliability improvements.

Maintenance Strategy

Maintenance Strategy

TPS’s preventive maintenance and condition monitoring training teaches participants how to set up a strategy that thinks about reliability from the design stage of the operation, then develops a cost-effective preventive maintenance process, provides practical documentation, and field PM execution exercises. 

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Maintenance strategies include:

  • Results-oriented reliability and maintenance.
  • Lubrication and hydraulics analysis.
  • Alignment.
  • Early detection of failures.
  • Bearings and vibrations.
  • Chains, belt, and guards inspections.
  • Material crack detection.
  • Inspecting pumps and mechanical seals.
  • Optimizing project management and condition monitoring systems.
  • Calculating financial benefits.
  • Understanding the most cost-effective maintenance methods.
  • Frequent inspections.
  • Setting inspection standards.

Bring in a catalyst to accelerate transformation.

It is about doing the right thing and this does not mean spending more money, scheduling more downtime, or adding more head count. We work with you to identify real reliability cost effectively.

I am keynote speaking and exhibiting at the Reliable Plant Conference & Exposition July 25-28, 2022