RCFA – A Great Tool, But How Proactive Is It?
In the reliability improvement field, we often come across organizations that talk about being proactive, but then rely on root cause failure analysis (RCFA) as a primary method for improving their maintenance programs. This is not to say that RCFA is not an important analytical tool, but if RCFA is driving improvement, it’s important to recognize that a failure must have already occurred! To be truly proactive, it is critical to examine equipment before it fails using failure mode identification techniques like RCM and FMEA. A common second mistake is that companies relying on RCFA will then apply the findings to all similar assets, regardless of operating context. This can drive costs up needlessly and reduce management’s belief in your reliability efforts.
Tip Provided by:Adam Grahn - Principal, Business Development
The Asset Performance Group Inc. (APG)
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