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I love family run companies!  A while ago, I had asked Robert Latino (CEO in title), to give us a description of himself for a speaker spotlight section in a proposed Netletter.  He said, " I would prefer that any 'spotlight' be on Reliability Center (RCI), and not on any one individual.  We are a family-owned business and essentially my siblings and I all run the business..."

So, let us have an introduction to this company that will be providing many talks by brothers, Robert and Mark Latino. 

Charles J. Latino: The man behind RCI 

Mr. Latino believed that improvements in "uptime" could be made through a more aggressive engineering approach to maintenance.  He established a new engineering group, and called it "Reliability Engineering". The group applied a combination of analytical tools, engineering technologies, economics, and salesmanship to drive a remarkable turnaround in equipment performance at Chesterfield.

Meanwhile, equipment breakdowns in the Hopewell Plant were getting out of hand. In 1973, it became so bad that top management sent in a team of experts, led by Mr Latino. One of the team recommendations was to establish a "Reliability Engineering" group at Hopewell. The result was another outstanding turnaround in equipment performance. Even now, more than 30 years later, "Reliability Engineering" continues to thrive at Hopewell.

Following the successes at Chesterfield and Hopewell, Mr Latino rose to the corporate level, where he established a "Corporate Reliability Engineering Center", from which he and his team introduced and supported "Reliability Engineering" in other Allied plants.

Finally, after 34 years with Allied, Mr Latino retired, and started over.  He purchased the "Corporate Reliability Engineering Center" (that he had created); and founded his own company, "Reliability Center, Inc.".

Although Mr. Latino is not with us anymore, his memory and work ethic is lived through his family.  His children have been establishing "Reliability Engineering" in other businesses, other industries, and other countries around the world.  

[Writing taken from a speech given by Bill Salot for an award Mr. Latino had won,  Entrepreneurial Spirit Award, in 2005]
Mark Latino 

Mark A. Latino is President of Operation at Reliability Center, Inc. RCI is a Reliability Consulting firm specializing in improving Equipment, Process and Human Reliability.  Mr. Latino received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Management that focused on Production & Operations Management from Old Dominion University. Mr. Latino has been facilitating, consulting and teaching Root Cause Analysis, Human Error Reduction and Failure Scene Investigations for over 20 years to Fortune 500 companies worldwide.

Mr. Latino came to RCI after 19 years in corporate America. During those years he acquired a wealth of reliability, maintenance, and manufacturing experience. He worked for Weyerhaeuser Corporation in a production role during the early stages of his career. He was an active part of Allied Chemical Corporation's (now Honeywell) Reliability Strive for Excellence initiative that was started in the 70s to define, understand, document, and live the reliability culture until he left in 1986. Mr. Latino spent 10 years with Philip Morris primarily in a production capacity that later evolved into a reliability engineering role.

Mr. Latino has published numerous articles in popular trade magazines and has spoken at National conferences on the topics of Reliability, Process Improvements, Human Error Reduction Strategies and Failure Analysis Practices. He is co-author of the text Root Cause Analysis: Improving Performance for Bottom Line Results, 4th Edition.
June 13th 8:00 AM- 5:30PM

Mark Latino Presents:  Why Parts Fail: How to Identify Basic Failure Patterns on Failed Parts

An 8-hour workshop that provides an in-depth understanding of how to verify hypotheses developed in a root cause analysis (RCA) logic tree using today’s technology. The hands on workshop is designed to teach attendees how to identify failure modes by reading fracture surfaces of real parts such as bearings, shafts, fasteners, seals, and other materials. The course provides the student with a step by step method of collecting interviews, parts, what paper data is important to collect, and how positional data can provide valuable information in restoring order of events.
Robert Latino

Robert J. Latino is CEO of Reliability Center, Inc. (RCI).  RCI is a Reliability Consulting firm specializing in improving Equipment, Process and Human Reliability.  Mr. Latino received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Management from Virginia Commonwealth University.  

Robert has been facilitating RCA & FMEA analyses with his clientele around the world for over 30 years and has taught over 10,000 students in the PROACT® Methodology.  Mr. Latino is author and co-author of numerous books, white papers, articles and workshops on FMEA, Opportunity Analysis, RCA and High Reliability
Robert will be presenting on:

June 14th at 3:10-4:00pm
Applying the PROACT RCA Methodology

This Track Session will focus specifically on the steps of the PROACT® RCA Methodology as well as the associated PROACT® Investigation Management Software to aid analysts in organizing a corporate-wide RCA system.

June 16th at 8:10-9:00am
General Session: What Baby Boomers Should Know About How the US Healthcare System Handles RCA!

While many of us grew up in the industrial/manufacturing sectors understand the significant benefits of effective Reliability, RCA and Human Factor systems, you would be surprised at how that thinking is not commonplace in our healthcare system.  Did you know that medical error is the third leading killer of Americans, behind heart disease and cancer?  Did you know that we spend 20% of our $2.5 Trillion national GDP on our healthcare system in order to get these poor results, when we only spend 3% on our military?  In my 30 years of experience between manufacturing and healthcare, I see the U.S. healthcare system being 15+ years behind that of manufacturing.  Why is it that way?  As patients, wouldn't we think it should be the other way around, where healthcare should be leading and not lagging?  Learn in this session how the healthcare systems we will all use, view Root Cause Analysis (RCA) and how they apply it to prevent medical error.  We all have a vested interest in helping to improve our healthcare system.  This will be an eye-opening session for those who have not been 'behind the curtain' of the healthcare sector.  You will leave this session 1) with a valid reason to improve your own health and 2) armed with how to help manage your care and safety while in a hospital (or with that of a loved one).
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