How Root is the Cause?
Join Carl and Fred as they share experiences in root cause analysis and how it is applied in various reliability engineering methods.
- There is no single method for identifying root cause; it depends on the analysis being used.
- Root cause for Design FMEA goes down to the design deficiency level; whereas root cause for Supportability FMEA goes to the maintenance-actionable level
- Ask: at what level is it appropriate to take action?
- Fix problems now, and systemically, both
- Some root cause analyses continue to the human level, ask: what is the human system and how does human error contribute to the root cause?
- The level of the analysis should be agreed on before beginning
- What about multiple causes, is there more than one root?
- Is the human deficiency part of the root cause for Design FMEA?
- Ask: where are you going to take action? what part of our process enabled this to occur?
- Eight Disciplines (8D), step 4 is determine, identify, and verify root causes
- Severity and occurrence are both part of risk analysis
- Don’t merely blame the supplier or operator
- The root cause needs to be something you can remedy
- One of aspects of root cause is to ask if resources are available to fix the cause
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