Alan Ross & Jack Nicholas (Part 2 of 2)

In the second and final part of this series, EPRA president Alan Ross speaks to EPRA Fellow Jack Nicholas, a giant in the reliability industry and author of several landmark books that helped define the industry.

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"Reliability is often placed under maintenance--but it should not be. You cannot maintain your way to levels of reliability that aren't designed into the asset." - Jack Nicholas

"The impact of the elements of industry 4.0 and digitalization will be profound... if we manage them effectively." - Jack Nicholas

"It's very important that we capture that tribal knowledge in one way or another, and then blend it with the new knowledge that we have about modern technology and digitalization." - Jack Nicholas

Jack R. Nicholas, Jr., P.E. (California) CMRP, CRL has been project manager and developer of predictive, condition monitoring technologies and maintenance and reliability programs, first as a senior civilian engineer on U.S. Navy nuclear submarines and surface warships for 17 years, and then as consultant to and trainer of key personnel in government facilities, oil field services, mining, refining, utilities and manufacturing firms in North America (Canada, USA) Australia, Asia (China, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong) and the Caribbean for the past 25 years.

He has advised and trained US and UK government agency personnel (Defense, Energy, Space and Nuclear Regulation) and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) on best maintenance practices, including RCM, predictive condition monitoring and related matters. He was founder in 1989 of what is now called PdMA Inc., where he conceived its first motor circuit analysis suite and helped recruit and lead its R & D Team. He helped bring the product to commercial success in the mid-1990’s.

He is author, co-author, and/or editor of twelve (12) books on maintenance and reliability subjects and contributor to many others. He served the Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals Certifying Organization (SMRPCO) for seven years from its startup in 2000 as Board Member, Exam Director, Team Leader and Chairman of both Certification and Accreditation Committees.

He was active in the Association of Iron & Steel Technology Reliability Achievement Task Force and Operations & Maintenance Committee and its predecessors for eight years, serving as Task Force Chairman two times.

Specialties: Author of numerous professional articles on subjects such as RCM, PdM/ACM Management, Business Policies, Processes, Plans & Procedures (P4) Management, RCFA, Maintenance, Reliability, Workshops & training seminar organizer and leader on the above subjects. Auditor of ACM/PdM and Policy, Plans, Processes and Procedure Programs.

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