Root cause analysis (RCA) is a systematic process for identifying “root causes” of problems or events and an approach for responding to them. RCA helps organizations avoid the tendency to single out one factor to arrive at the most expedient (but generally incomplete) resolution.
Root cause analysis (RCA) methodology as a powerful tool for your asset management and equipment reliability program for investigating ongoing asset incidents and chronic failures. This methodology is a critical step in the execution of an effective reliability program to drive continuous improvement throughout your maintenance organization.
Quite often, plant and equipment fails, unexpectedly and often there is often no understanding as to why the failure occurred.
Maintenance departments focus on the restoration of operations, ensuring that production can resume, but long term there is often a failure in attempting to explain the incident of breakdown, relating to a recurrence of the problem. The deficiency occurs, often repeatedly, since the root cause of the initial failure was not determined nor addressed, consequently the probability that the event will recur is higher than should be the case.
Explaining the direct technical cause of an incident, whether process, product or equipment failure is not sufficient. Looking beyond the technical cause and identifying the underlying systemic cause, with verifiable evidence, is imperative to improve future reliability. Root Cause analysis must drill down beyond visible technical reason for a problem.
Managers and Operations staff need to be equipped with a thinking processes to drill down to root cause effectively. In drilling down to root cause, they need the ability to collaborate effectively with all stakeholders ensuring that co-operation between stakeholders is positive and non threatening.
KTT RCA methodology will provide you with a formalized process to: initiate a root cause analysis, gather data for investigating asset incidents, collect data through interviews and parts analyses, apply powerful techniques for causal factor and root cause identification. Reduce future asset incidents as well as 'near misses' by developing appropriate recommendations using our four-level recommendation development guidance to address each of the causal factors and root causes, structure reports for optimum effectiveness, develop your data-trending process to identify systemic problem areas, and more.