Plant managers and process engineers traditionally assume that pump failures are to be expected and simply a cost of doing business. In fact, only 11 percent of all equipment failures are due to wear—and most failures can be avoided with an appropriate life-cycle-based asset management program.In the latest installment of the Pumps & Systems live Webinar series, Tom Dabbs, reliability specialist from the ITT Plant Perfomance Services organization, will explain how organizations can use improved maintenance to virtually eliminate the need for repairs instead of living with the results of unplanned failure. He will provide industry benchmarks for equipment reliability and best practices in maintenance that organizations use to achieve those levels.

The webinar, sponsored by ITT Goulds Pumps, will also explain other elements of an asset management strategy that lower life-cycle costs, including organizational structure and the importance of job planning.  It is scheduled for Nov. 10, 2011 at 1 p.m. Eastern.

Supported by case studies from a variety of industries, Dabbs will give attendees actionable advice they can use to improve pump reliability, lower repair costs and move closer to the goal of zero equipment failures.

The one-hour live event is FREE and includes a 15-minute Question & Answer segment.

Tom Dabbs is a reliability specialist with ITT's Plant Performance Services Group. He has an electrical engineering degree from Clemson University with more than 30 years of experience delivering behavior-based reliability solutions and working with clients to reduce cost and improve business effectiveness. Dabbs is certified as a Maintenance and Reliability Professional (CMRP) by the Society of Maintenance and Reliability Professionals (SMRP). He has provided training, coaching and hands-on implementation expertise for the following industries: metals, mining, pulp and paper, foods, chemicals, general manufacturing, facilities management and energy. Dabbs has also delivered hundreds of seminars and workshops worldwide on the subject of reliability and related topics and has been a guest speaker for SMRP, TAPPI, MARTS, IMC, NMF&T, NWPA and many other reliability-focused organizations and conferences. He is an accomplished author of numerous published reliability-focused articles.