November 2, 2021 | Mark Paradies

Interesting Idea: Do you want to be reactive or proactive in your maintenance program plus how does RCA fit in?

Article Asks an Interesting Question About Maintenance Programs

Have you ever read the article in the picture above from Uptime Magazine?

John Crossman starts the article with…

This made me think about equipment failure troubleshooting and root cause analysis.

In many maintenance organizations, people don’t progress beyond troubleshooting. Some even think that the results of troubleshooting (finding how the equipment failed) is the root cause. But finding the cause of the failure is not root cause analysis.

What Is The Difference Between Troubleshooting & Root Cause Analysis?

If you use the TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis System, the answer is obvious.

Troubleshooting is working your way through the Equifactor® Troubleshooting Tables. These tables were originally developed by Heinz Bloch, a noted equipment reliability expert.

For more about the Equifactor® Troubleshooting Tables, see this link:

The information you gain when performing your troubleshooting is the first step in your root cause analysis.

Using TapRooT® RCA, you will add the information you gain to your SnapCharT® and use it to define Causal Factors that you will analyze using the TapRooT® Root Cause Tree® Diagram.

TapRooT® Root Cause Tree®

The process I outlined above was developed specifically for analyzing the real root cause of equipment failures and is shown below…

You might notice that in the process above, you have the choice to continue to root cause analysis when the troubleshooting is finished, or just stop and fix the equipment when you know how the equipment failed. We let you decide when a full root cause analysis is needed.

Using TapRooT® RCA Proactively

In keeping with the article at the start of this blog post, TapRooT® RCA and Equifactor® Troubleshooting can be used either reactively or proactively.

Would you like to learn more about Equifactor® Troubleshooting and TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis?

First, you can call us to set up an executive briefing. Call 865-539-2139. Or CLICK HERE to contact us.

Or you can attend a 2-Day Equifactor® Troubleshooting and TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis Course. These courses can be conducted virtually or in person. You can sign up for one of our public courses or hold a course at your site (or for your people virtually).

What is covered by the course? Here is a LINK to the course outline.

To see our current public course schedule, CLICK HERE.

Don’t wait! You need to learn advanced troubleshooting and root cause analysis to make your equipment reliability top-notch.

Ken Reed Teaching
Equipment Reliability / Equifactor®
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