Business Case Development for Asset Management

Workshop 4 – (1 Day) – Monday, March 12th

Led by Walter BarringerAllied Reliability Group

Most Root Cause Failure Analysis (RCFA) or Root Cause Analysis (RCA) processes include 6 to 8 methods that can be used to get to the root cause(s) of the problem. Some organizations choose to use only 1 or 2 of the methods, thereby limiting the possibility of results or potential root causes. These methods are for another discussion at another time and this short power-course does not address these.

However, this RCA power-course does address 5 elements of successful RCA initiatives, including process, sponsorship, and time management, plus the 2 most overlooked contributors to successful identification of the true root cause – the pre-analysis tools DMASICOM and Change Analysis. In fact, the effective application of these pre-analysis tools often changes the entire scope of the RCFA.

“DMASICOM” is the acronym for the steps involved in a Design and Application Review that should occur prior to involving a team of people in the “official” RCFA or RCA. When this step is skipped, the true root cause is often missed and leads to future failures and further tests that drive related costs to hundreds of thousands of dollars without resolving the issue.

Most organizations conduct investigations or an incident analysis to discover how an incident or problem occurred, and this can be useful information during the RCFA. However, the other aspect that is often overlooked is a Change Analysis that specifically looks at any changes in production and maintenance practices, and processes such as changes in product parts, recipes, ingredients, and methods.

This power-course provides the details needed to implement the 5 elements that will be covered and these 2 essential pre-analysis tools as routine steps in your RCFA process so you can benefit from them on every RCFA.

Case studies demonstrate how effective these tools are in finding lasting solutions. Examples are shown of how they work in real world applications. Additionally, four questions are provided that will drive continuous improvement and should be asked of every RCFA.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Apply two pre-analysis tools to any RCFA.
  2. Describe the value of DMASICOM as it applies to RCFA.
  3. Incorporate 4 questions into every RCFA.
  4. Learn Tips and Tricks for successfully facilitating an RCFA.