January 23, 2024 | Mark Paradies

Do You Want to Improve Equipment Troubleshooting, Maintenance, & Equipment Reliability? Then This Special Event is for You!

Course and Summit Coming Up on April 29 to May 3

Do you need new, effective, proven ways to improve equipment troubleshooting, maintenance, and equipment reliability? Then, you need to attend a course on April 29 – 30 and a Summit on May 1-3. Both of these are being held at the Horseshoe Bay Resort near Austin, Texas. Read on for the details about both events and how you can participate.

The Equifactor® Equipment Troubleshooting and TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis Course

Heinz Bloch
Heinz Bloch

Back in 1997, I worked with equipment reliability expert Heinz Bloch to develop a new technique for equipment troubleshooting and built it into the TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis System.

Over the years, we have improved the system and embedded it in the TapRooT® Software (including embedding it in the TapRooT® App that you can use on your phone).

What makes this system special, and how can it help you people effectively troubleshoot problems and find the root causes of equipment failures and reliability issues?

FIRST, Heinz Blocks’ troubleshooting techniques and tables were developed over an extensive career in the petrochemical industry. He was recognized as an equipment reliability guru (he died last year), and that knowledge is built into the Equifactor® Troubleshooting System. These techniques are a “must-have” for your troubleshooting skills.

Second, we’ve taken Heinz’s extensive troubleshooting tables and computerized them to make them easy to use and available to everyone. This provides everyone with consistent, advanced guidance when troubleshooting the failures of:

  • Pumps
  • Compressors
  • Turbines
  • Engines
  • Electric Motors and Commutators
  • Refrigeration
  • Conveyors
  • Valves
  • Seals
  • Gears
  • Gear Couplings
  • Electrical Components

Plus, you can add your own custom tables for equipment not covered by the tables above.

And for other types of failures, there are also several other techniques to help people troubleshoot the issues:

  • Change Analysis
  • SnapCharT® Diagram
  • Failure Mode
  • Failure Agent

Once the troubleshooting is complete, the next step is identifying the Causal Factors and Root Causes. This part of the system and training highlights the unique TapRooT® Root Cause Tree® Diagram that guides problem solvers to the root causes of equipment and human performance issues and the Corrective Action Helper® Guide that helps problem solvers develop effective fixes.

To learn more about the 2-Day Equifactor® Equipment Troubleshooting and Root Cause Analysis Course, including the course outline, see THIS LINK.

This course is being held on April 29-30 just before the 2024 Global TapRooT® Summit. Both the course and the Summit are being held at the Horseshoe Bay Resort near Austin, Texas. To register for just the course, CLICK HERE.

But to see how the course and the Summit fit together to help you take your equipment performance improvement program to the next level, continue reading.

2024 Global TapRooT® Summit

The 2024 Global TapRooT® Summit is being held on May 1-3 at the Horseshoe Bay Resort near Austin, Texas. Let’s start by describing the portion of the Summit that is especially designed for people interested in improving equipment reliability and maintenance…

Maintenance & Reliability Best Practice Track

At the Summit, there are seven Best Practice Tracks. One of those tracks is the Maintenance and Reliability Best Practices Track. What’s in this track? Nine sessions that share best practices to improve equipment reliability and maintenance and promote networking. These sessions include:

  • AdvancedSnapCharT® Diagram Techniques (highlighting a maintenance error)
  • Destroying Silos Using Cross-Functional Teams to Identify Proables (especially helpful for bridging the engineering/maintenance/operations gap)
  • 530 Custom Equifactor Tables and Cryogenic Equifactor Tables (how to personalize/customize your Equifactor® Tables)
  • Equipment Difficulty Section of the Root Cause Tree® Diagram
  • None of Us Is As Dumb As All of Us
  • Changing Minds (challenges faced and overcome implementing Equifactor®)
  • Implementing Your Best Ideas (what to do when you return to work)
  • Equifqctor® Symposium (sharing best practices and ideas for improving Equifactor® tables and training)
  • Syzygy Plasmonics (Using Equifactor in research and development)

That is an interesting set of topics to add to the knowledge gained in the 2-Day Equifactor® Equipment Troubleshooting Training. But there’s more. Read on for other knowledge and inspiration you can achieve by attending the Global TapRooT® Summit.

Cross Industry/Cross Profession Networking/Benchmarking


One unique advantage of attending the Global TapRooT® Summit is that you don’t just talk to equipment folks. You get to network and benchmark with equipment reliability folks, but you also meet and discuss best practices with those interested in:

  • Quality
  • Safety
  • Operational Excellence
  • Human Performance
  • Root Cause Analysis
  • All types of Improvement Programs

And these folks come from various industries and countries around the world. They may challenge your perceptions and provide new ideas that you haven’t tried.

In addition, you can choose from topics outside the Maintenance & Reliability Best Practice Track to customize your Summit experience. CLICK HERE to see the full Summit schedule and see what other sessions you might want to attend.

Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers

There are seven Keynote Speakers to provide new ideas and inspiration for your to help energize your improvement efforts. To see an outline of their presentations, CLICK HERE.

Have Fun While Learning

Michelle and Carl Dixon

We have 30 years of experience making networking and learning fun. That’s why people have such a good time meeting new people at the Summit.

You will enjoy the Name Game…

Name Game

And our Summit Reception…

Summit reception fun

These events help you develop valuable new contacts that will last a lifetime.

Save When Attending a Course and the Summit

2024 discounts SAVE

Finally, when you attend the Summit and a pre-Summit Course (the Equifactor® Equipment Troubleshooting and TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis Course), you SAVE $300 OFF the course fee. And if you bring a team, you can save even more – up to $800 per person. See the potential discounts above.

Register Now

Register for the Equifactor® Eqipment Troubleshooting and TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis Course and the 2024 Global TapRooT® Summit NOW! Just click on the button below to get started.

Equipment Reliability / Equifactor®, Summit
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