Connected Reliability Webinars

The Accelix Community’s monthly Best Practices Webinars are a great resource for maintenance and reliability professionals looking to expand their industry knowledge and gain insight into best practices from thought leaders across the globe. The webinars provide you with the opportunity to get their questions answered by industry experts.

Upcoming Webinars


How to build a game plan to proactively manage your assets

  • Wednesday, August 19, 2020
  • 11 a.m. ET
  • Mike Smith, Reliability Engineering SME, Life Cycle Engineering

With COVID-19 causing considerable uncertainty, many reliability and maintenance professionals are concerned about how to meet production goals. For football fans, there's also some anxiety—what's in store for America's favorite fall pastime? Maybe there's something we can learn from considering production and football goals at the same time. In this webinar, Life Cycle Institute educator and Reliability Engineering expert Mike Smith shares how football and asset management are very similar, and how you can apply winning football tactics to your asset management strategies. He'll explain the role of the Reliability Engineer as the plant's attacking, ball-hawking defensive specialist, and how REs can best understand the risks and failure modes of their plant's assets.

Mike Smith is a Reliability Engineering Subject-Matter Expert at Life Cycle Engineering with more than 30 years' experience. Before joining LCE, Mike worked as an engineer and maintenance manager in the pharmaceutical, fabrication, chemical, and metal-forming industries with companies such as Michelin North America, Georgia Pacific, Eaton Electric, and Johnson and Johnson. He has used lean manufacturing principles and process excellence methodologies to increase performance in a variety of industries. Smith has been recognized for impacting the bottom line by increasing plant availability, speed of production, cost reduction, and quality performance. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree with honors in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tennessee.


Exploring the tree of unreliability and what drives downtime

  • Wednesday, September 2, 2020
  • 11 a.m. ET
  • Shon Isenhour, Founding Partner, Eruditio

An infinite number of causes can lead to lost production and unplanned downtime. But some have common physical roots and underlying latent roots related to our reliability issues. Presenter Shon Isenhour, founding partner of Eruditio, has reviewed or participated in thousands of root cause analyses. In this webinar, he discusses cases with more obvious roots at the surface, as well as the more neglected, and often completely missed, organizational troubles that can haunt reliability efforts. He pulls real examples to give attendees some areas to focus on and organizational issues to be aware of as part of their reliability journey.

Shon Isenhour is founding partner of Eruditio, a reliability education consulting firm. He specializes in adult learning, leadership, asset management, and reliability engineering. Isenhour is an expert in the implementation of holistic reliability solutions using tools such as Total Productive Maintenance, Reliability Centered Maintenance, and Root Cause Analysis, as well as Six Sigma and Lean to drive bottom-line results. He is a Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional and Certified Asset Management Assessor and has been accredited by Prosci and Colorado State University as a Change Management Professional.


Building a culture of safety beyond a pandemic

  • Wednesday, September 19, 2020
  • 11 a.m. ET
  • Chuck Pettinger, Ph.D., Process Change Leader, Predictive Solutions

Safety is all about people, and building a culture of safety is about instilling human behaviors that become the norm. That includes taking steps to protect workers from being infected by COVID-19, but it goes beyond this. And it is not something accomplished in a short time—typically, it takes five to 10 years. Yet positive short-term changes in processes and systems can, over time, contribute to building this culture. In this webinar, workplace safety expert Chuck Pettinger, a Process Change Leader at Fortive-owned Predictive Solutions, discusses his ongoing work with industrial companies to help build this safety-focused climate. He details the signs he sees in organizations successfully developing a culture of safety.

Chuck Pettinger, Ph.D., is Process Change Leader at Predictive Solutions, a Fortive company. He has more than 30 years of experience in designing, implementing, and evaluating culture step-change initiatives. His primary interests include developing large-scale corporate behavior change initiatives, assessing industrial safety cultures, using advanced predictive analytics to develop leading indicators, and conducting organizational Leadership Workshops. Pettinger has consulted with a variety of companies and industries, including Bayer, Bechtel, Caterpillar, Chevron, Coca-Cola, ExxonMobil, Honeywell, Kaiser Permanente, Pfizer, TVA, Union Pacific, and others. He earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Florida, his master’s from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and his doctorate from Virginia Tech.