Reliability: How to develop an effective root cause failure analysis process

Hi all,

We all wish that the equipment and systems that we operate would work for ever, efficiently, effectively and productively. Though the reliability factor gets embedded at the design stage itself, there are “Ifs and buts” that get into the operation. With the current corporates culture tends to move towards “No defects”, reliability in operations becomes important.

All the maintenance effort is focused to this end, but in real life, failures do occur and do recur too. This is where the reliability study will help. Root cause analysis is a tool to understand the most likely cause for a specific failure and implement processes and procedures to avoid recurrence.

We all would have done this process mechanically, informally many times. Making such a study formal helps in making systemic corrections.

Here is a link to a very well written article on the topic.

Reliability: How to develop an effective root cause failure analysis process.

Read and be more well-informed.


Control your repairs and spares, avoid costly downtime

Hi all,

All those who maintain capital assets by way of equipment, systems, buildings and vehicles cannot deny that they had to do some sort of repair work due to break down, reduced capacity, failures etc, some time in their day-to-day operations.

How the repairs were done, who all were involved, where was it done, What was done, when was it done and why did it become necessary are a few questions that need to be answered and recorded as part of the “Equipment / System History”.

I came across a very well written article on the importance of ensuring:

  • that the “Repair work” is assigned to the trained and skilled personnel.
  • that a well organised and clean workshop is used to do the necessary repairs, if not done on site, on location.
  • that quality spare parts and other material should be available in time, to avoid delay in work schedules.

The Link to the article is given below:

Reliability: Gain control of your repairs and spares to avoid costly downtime.

Reliability goes hand-in-hand with the quality of work done. It is essential that the repair personnel in the maintenance department are trained in their core skills and periodically tested for their skill retention. These people should be encouraged to learn new skill sets so that they also can rise in the hierarchy as deemed necessary.

The HR angle to skill retention in an organisation, getting better employee loyalty, better team development etc will flow from the way we try to motivate them.