Black Belt Program

Black Belt Program

Uptime Elements Black Belt Program


CRL Black Belt

Program Overview

The Uptime® Elements Black Belt Program is a results-oriented acknowledgment of significant and successful holistic reliability improvement projects delivered on a consistent basis.

The requirements for earning an Uptime Elements Black Belt is to submit a minimum of five (5) approved Uptime Elements Black Belt Project Applications along with their fully executed Affidavit and Verification Forms (see page 8-9) over a maximum of 36 months. A minimum of one (1) from each of the Uptime Elements Knowledge Domains listed below is required.


Uptime Elements Chart

Uptime Elements Black Belt Project Applications and Affidavit and Verification Forms must be submitted by an active Certified Reliability Leader® for each knowledge domain attesting to the successful outcomes generated by the project. Uptime Elements Black Belt Project Affidavit and Verification Forms must be signed by the following people in the applicant’s organization:

  • The Applicant who led the project
  • The Applicant’s Executive Sponsor
  • The Applicant’s Financial Verification Agent

Uptime Elements Black Belt Project Affidavit and Verification Forms must also be signed by the following people independent of the applicant’s organization:

  • Approved RLI MSAT Certified Reliability Leader* (CRL) who is a SME (Subject Matter Expert) in the project’s knowledge domain (see website for MSAT listings)
    *No fee will be charged for the approved RLI MSAT Certified Reliability Leader (CRL) verification.
Black Belt

Upon acceptance and approval, an appropriately embroidered Uptime Elements knowledge domain colored belt will be issued to recognize the progress made on the journey toward an Uptime Elements Black Belt.

  • Yellow Belt – Asset Management
  • Orange Belt – Reliability Engineering for Maintenance
  • Green Belt – Asset Condition Management
  • Blue Belt – Work Execution Management
  • Red Belt – Leadership for Reliability

Once 5 Uptime Elements knowledge domain belts have been earned and confirmed, the Uptime Elements Black Belt will be issued at prescheduled ceremonies held at various locations and dates throughout the year. There is no additional cost for the Uptime Elements Black Belt once the 5 Uptime Element knowledge domain belts have been earned and issued.

There is NO limit on the number of Uptime Element knowledge domain belts earned by an individual or organization.

Resources

Learn about becoming a Certified Reliability Leader and help us make the world a better place HERE.

Videos

To learn more about the Uptime Elements Framework, or to watch interviews with real life CRL Black Belts click the links below. (a lot of wisdom being shared in these videos):

Creating Momentum for Change

What it Means to Be a Certified Reliability Leader

Mapping the Uptime Elements to Your Asset Performance Management Process

Uptime Elements & Global Sustainability Programs

CRL Black Belt Interview: Marie Getsug

CRL Black Belt Interview, Ken Hunt

CRL Black Belt Interview, William Hollman

Frequently Asked Questions

More FAQ's

Uptime Elements is a Reliability Framework for generating improved asset performance while amplifying a sustainable reliability culture based on integrity and leadership. The Certified Reliability Leader designation offered by the Association of Asset Management Professionals (AMP) demonstrates that you are confident and competent in expressing Uptime Elements Reliability Framework for Asset Performance.

Uptime Element Black Belt Projects enable triple bottom line outcomes of improving reliability and asset performance. You can earn an Uptime Elements knowledge domain belt by generating “significant” outcomes. Significant outcomes differ from organization to organization. Not every significant outcome translates to purely economic factors. Almost any project that generates change that supports people in a verified performance improvement trend toward reliability is “significant” in our opinion. Our suggestion is to discuss your Uptime Elements Black Belt Project with a Reliabilityweb.com team member or one of Reliability Leadership Institute (RLI) Mapped Services and Training Providers (MSAT) Subject Matter Experts (SME) (see www.reliabilityweb.com directory) for guidance and clarification.

Whether in manufacturing, processing, utility, infrastructure or service industries, such projects quantify the positive effects of changes. The goal of each successful Uptime Elements Black Belt Program is to generate significant improvements in reliability and asset performance: Over time, multiple Uptime Elements Black Belt Projects with a defect elimination focus will eliminate 54% of defects over 3 years and 73% of defects over 6 years.

An Uptime Elements Black Belt Project is one that uses appropriate strategies and tactics from the Uptime Elements Reliability Framework approach to generate breakthrough performance created by a sustainable reliability culture and delivers a real triple bottom line benefit aligned to organizational objectives.

Reliability tools tend to be generic and rarely generate sustainable business success on their own. It is the ability to engage and empower cross-functional teams of reliability leaders who work aligned to the AIM of the organization that distinguish an Uptime Elements Black Belt Project from other improvement projects.

Economic impact, environmental impact and social/cultural impact as outcomes are also a requirement within an Uptime Elements Black Belt Project when compared to other "improvement" projects that focus solely on economic return on investment.

The Uptime Elements Black Belt Program is a result oriented recognition program and projects are a requirement. If you have not completed the minimum five required Uptime Elements Black Belt Projects (one from each knowledge domain), you are not eligible to earn the Uptime Elements Black Belt.

The following examples are not all-inclusive, but will provide examples of acceptable and unacceptable Uptime Elements Black Belt Projects.

Examples of Uptime Elements Black Belt Projects that qualify:

  • Cross-Functional Defect Elimination Program
  • Competency Based Learning Program for Uptime Elements Reliability Framework
  • Ultrasonic Compressed Air and Steam Trap Leak Detection Energy Conservation Program
  • Precision Lubrication Lifecycle Management
  • PM Optimization Program
  • Internet of Things Asset Condition Monitoring Program
  • Drone based Asset Condition Monitoring Program
  • Any reliability or asset performance project with measured before-and-after benefits.

Projects that do not qualify:

  • Projects with no alignment to organizational objectives or AIM.
  • Software implementations without detailed reliability improvement outcomes.
  • Reliability or asset performance projects without measured before-and-after benefits that align to organizational objectives or AIM.

Are you ready to join the Reliability revolution?

For further information or clarification about the Uptime Elements Black Belt Program, please feel free to email us at: blackbelt@reliabilityweb.com or call us at: (239) 533-9860.

Forms

Project Application Form                Affidavit and Verification Form

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