RCFA uses scientific methodology by
- stating a hypothesis,
- testing the hypothesis,
- analyzing the results,
- modifying the hypothesis.
Since a failure occurred, costs have increased and customer service levels have decreased. It is very important to understand how to convert this to justification. This is done by identifying costs which are directly tied to the failure and discussing some indirect costs which are not so obvious but are caused by the failure. This total is used against the investment cost of eliminating the root cause to determine Return on Investment.
Failure Mode Effect Analysis (FMEA) is another method to analyze current and future asset performance through proactive means. FMEA prioritizes actions to lower the risk of failure by using the input of the participants to score the severity of the failure, rate of failure and the ability to detect the failure. Combining the data, a Risk Priority Number is calculated. The participants will understand the FMEA process and immediately apply the learning to plant equipment and their components. This approach provides participants with immediate reinforcement on the use of FMEA in their work environment. FMEA works for all processes and equipment independent of the business or products which are being produced or the size.
FMEA and RCA Training
This training focuses on real issues at your site and when fixed produces real returns for the business. Learn the basics of Failure Mode Effect Analysis and Root Cause Analysis and how teams applying these tool eliminate costs and increase capacity. Download