May 5, 2020 | Ken Reed

Equipment Failure? Use Equifactor® Troubleshooting During Your Root Cause Analysis

Human Performance

Safety and Quality experts already know that a TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis is the best option to get human-performance-based root causes.  It is the only system that uses scientifically derived root causes to eliminate bias and avoid blame. What they don’t know is that the Equifactor® Equipment Troubleshooting Module should be used whenever there is an equipment failure.

When would it be appropriate to use Equifactor®?

First, it is important to understand what it is.  This module consists of a series of predefined equipment troubleshooting tables.  For example, there are tables for different types of pumps, AC and DC motors, refrigeration units, etc.  These tables will give you a list of symptoms to choose from, and then provide an extensive list of possible causes for that symptom.  It’s a great way to give your maintenance and reliability experts a terrific list of possible causes to begin their troubleshooting efforts.

So when would you use these Equifactor® tables in your TapRooT® investigation?  The tables are obviously a great resource for an equipment failure incident.  However, don’t limit yourself to these obvious investigations.  For example:

  • You can also use Equifactor® during an injury investigation if one of your Causal Factors happens to be an equipment failure.
  • Similarly, during an investigation of a Quality deviation, you may find a failure of a piece of equipment on the manufacturing line.  Again, it could be employed to better understand the causes of the equipment failure (probably a Causal Factor), which will then lead to a better root cause analysis.

Use Equifactor® anytime an equipment failure is involved in your investigation.  It’s a great way to make sure you are fully covering all the possible errors and failures during your TapRooT® analysis.

Learn more

Attend one of our 2-Day TapRooT® / Equifactor® courses.  These courses are designed to teach your equipment experts how to use both TapRooT® the Equifactor® module during their investigations.  You can register for one of these courses here:

Additionally, if you would like to see a demonstration of how it works, check out this video:

Equipment Reliability / Equifactor®, Root Cause Analysis
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