Next ERE Course Starts 24th of October 2018

Hey there future Extraordinary Reliability Engineer!

It’s time to get serious…

Industry is currently undergoing huge changes, with new technology and processes being introduced daily. What do you do as a Reliability Engineer to not waste time on non-value adding activities?

To become a Extraordinary Reliability Engineer you need focus in on doing the right things at the right time.

If you understand “WHY” or at least have the desire to understand exactly “HOW” to become an Extraordinary Reliability Engineer

This training is for you.

I’ll show you how to apply the Habits that I learnt from over 15 years of experience as a Reliability Engineer. Meaning if you follow the course you will be 14 years and 7 months ahead of me.

During this 60-minute online event, I’ll be sharing with you:

  •  How the Habits were determined
  • The 5 Don’ts – what I didn’t do, my mistakes
  • The 5 Habits – what I did to correct situations
  • Course program for the next 10 weeks

The webinar will take place online using Zoom video conferencing, which means you can watch from the comfort of your home or work place.

Tuesday 24th of October 1.00pm AEST (Sydney/Melbourne time)

To register for this free web event:
Simply register for your free ticket, add your details, and you will receive an email confirmation with the Webinar link and additional emails over the coming days.

Limited time offer:
This webinar will not be recorded, you will need to be present on the web event to get the details of the offer.

I look forward to sharing an insightful hour with you on October 24th

Kind Regards,
Peter Horsburgh.

Register for free on Eventbright here

Speaking Engagement: Maintenance Managers Toolbox

Recently I travelled to Melbourne to introduce the 5 Habits to a SIRF Roundtable meeting. The subject of the meeting was the “Maintenance Managers Toolbox”. I was asked talk about the 5 Habits in context that the maintenance managers team is responsible to deliver them.

What is the Roundtable? It’s an organisation in Australia/NZ that facilities discussion between companies that want to improve by sharing insights.

To find a wrap up of there meeting check out the blog post here:

Speaking Engagement: East Maitland Rotary Club

Recently I spoke at the East Maitland Rotary Club (NSW, Australia) about writing a book and what happens after you release it, like becoming an Amazon best seller (still cannot believe it).

If you need a speaker at your next event, you know where to find me.

No matter if I am paid or I do the gig for free, each time someone engages me to speak Reliability Extranet provides 10 days of e-learning to children in India. Here is a link where you can find out more about my speaking and our giving.

Introducing Seven Solutions!

Introducing Seven Solutions! We have set up a “Sister Company” to Reliability Extranet to allow me to go and help people. Looking forward to getting out there and working with people who are keen to improve their Reliability.

Be quick, there are limited days that I am available all the other things I am involved with (Book, speaking etc.)! Its not limited to Australia, I have already been oversea’s helping some very keen managers and engineers.

Click here to navigate to the newly published consulting page on Reliability Extranet, where you can download my capability statement, 7.

The ‘5 Habits’ goes to #1 on Amazon during International Literacy Day

Thank-you to all that supported us in helping with International Literacy day. Many days of maintenance on schools has been gained through your purchases.

Something else happened also…The 5 Habits went to #1 in 3 manufacturing categories on the Kindle store. Thanks again everyone for supporting the book, I am very humbled.

To find out more about the ‘5 Habits’ and purchase your copy navigate to the page here.

The 5 Habits and International Literacy Day

To help with International Literacy Day on the 8th of September, and to celebrate our cover article in Uptime Magazine, the ‘5 Habits’ will be available for AUD$1.99 on the Amazon Kindle store that day.

For each copy sold Reliability Extranet will provide 1 day worth of school maintenance for children in Kenya. Schools are a key ingredient to solve the Literacy problem.

Lets see if we can provide 5 years of maintenance for schools (1825 days)! Please share with your network to see the impact we can make.

Here is a direct link to the Amazon Store to get your kindle copy of the 5 Habits,

Here is a link to the Uptime article,

To find out more about International Literacy day, navigate to here

The ‘5 Habits page’ has a widget to track the days of maintenance to schools. You can find it here.

Again, please share with your networks, its one small thing that I can do as an Author to help our global community.

Many thanks, 7.


PS> While you are there connect with me to get the latest updates!

Uptime Magazine Cover Article

Its a privilege to work with the good people at Reliability Web in producing a cover article for the latest Uptime magazine. I hope that you enjoy the read! You can download a copy from here.

Let me know what you think?

Changing the Status-Quo

Many people have this habit of falling into a routine and are afraid to change or step outside the norm. But they also like following trends, and it takes bravery to start them. The rapidly expanding and evolving technology landscape requires that Reliability Engineers everywhere evolve with it, leaving no room for routine. Not everything can be fixed by the tools in your shed, like how not every problem can be fixed by the resources in your Reliability toolbox. Sometimes you need to venture out for something new. Is it daunting? Yes. Worth it? Definitely.

Two important questions

  1. What can we do about this problem, and how can we stop it from reoccurring?
  2. What else can we do?

I pop these both, one after the other, at every problem-related meeting. The first question usually has people think within the box, but the second one shoves them out of it, turns them towards a greater world of possibility. Inside the box, you can only “react” to problems when they find you. But outside the box, you can be proactive, ambushing your issues.

How do you know if you need to look for alternatives?

An aging plant will always find new ways to break, and “the way we’ve always done it” won’t always be a sufficient solution. Reliability Engineering should not be about repeating procedures. It should be problem solving.

If alternative solutions are necessary, you’ll observe the following:

  • Reoccurring problems
  • Previously unseen problems arising
  • Solutions suggested by your peers are repetitive
  • A need to save resources
  • A need to further increase plant output

How do you start looking for alternatives?

  • Consult the internet – By far the most obvious. It’s okay to not have all the answers, especially since they could be one search away.
  • Asking “dumb” questions – Yes, they may be embarrassing to ask, but you won’t get any answers by holding them in. What matters more anyway? Solving the problem, or avoiding a small moment of vulnerability?
  • Joining an industry group – One of the best ways to access valuable human resources. These are communities, and most communities are always willing to help their own. Someone may have experienced the very same issue and gained useful wisdom from it. Just put yourself in a position where you can potentially intercept that person.
  • Using Bisset’s Formula – Partially discussed in the previous blogpost. Make sure your plant is smooth, clean, cool, dry, correctly lubricated, and not overloaded.

My advice on how to implement these alternatives is the same as what I have preached previously many times. Get your team actively involved. Convince them that change is necessary, that it is worth it. Make sure they share your enthusiasm for the exciting and new, and together you can make revolutionary improvements to your plant.


Do you want to know more about what it takes to be an extraordinary reliability engineer who can effectively implement change in your place of work? Try our new Extraordinary Reliability Engineer course taught by highly experienced reliability engineer Peter Horsburgh. You can easily register on Eventbrite here.