ARMS Reliability was proud to host some of the top reliability, maintenance, and root cause analysis professionals in both and Melbourne, Victoria and Austin, Texas during our annual Reliability Summit.  

The Reliability Summit has been held in various cities throughout the world since 1994. It has become a premier event focused on building high-performing reliability programs by leveraging essential tools and cultivating reliability knowledge. The event brings together practitioners from all over the globe to engage, network and share their industry experiences and insights.

This year the event in Australia took place at Rydges Melbourne from the 7th - 11th of March, while the event in Austin followed April 5th - 8th, 2016. Over the course of both weeks delegates took part in skills-based workshops, industry conference presentations, round-table discussions, and social/networking activities.

The prevailing theme across both events was Leadership in Reliability. Jaco Brand, Vice President of Asset Management Systems for AngloGold Ashanti Australia spoke on "Driving Reliability Change from a Management Perspective." He explained key actions and areas of focus for leaders who wish to successfully implement reliability programs into their organization. In Austin, Jeff Dudley, Former Corporate Reliability and Maintenance Director at Dow Chemical, spoke on "Creating a Reliability Culture" and explained how to lead the charge when developing the primary components that drive reliability within an organization.  

Attendees in both Australia and Austin had the opportunity to become a Certified Reliability Leader™ with the Reliability Leader workshop and CRL Exam.  We had the pleasure of hosting Terrence O'Hanlon, CEO of in Austin. He joined us in Australia via web during his virtual presentation "Reliability Leadership Transformation." Watch the recording of Terrence's presentation here.

The breakout round-table discussions were rated as one of the most popular aspects of both events. Reliability practitioners from a variety of industries joined forces to discuss their common challenges and combine their unique experience and knowledge to work towards solutions.  Some of the comments we received included, "The Reliability Summit exceeded my expectations. I found it to be a great open atmosphere for the sharing of relevant information. I learned how I can use other people's processes to help improve my own." Another attendee added, "It was helpful to gain information from more mature programs. My conversations were relevant and engaging and the group size was small enough to enable a good deal of group discussion."

We look forward to continuing our mission of enriching careers and deepening the connections among the reliability and maintenance community and look forward to seeing the majority of attendees who indicated that they plan to attend future Reliability Summit events.