Drive continuous improvement in operations using quality root cause analysis.
Developing and implementing a root cause analysis process that is repeatable and results in continuous improvement for the organisation is key to operational reliability and increased performance. For more articles, subscribe to our weekly newsletter.
Breaking the cycle of reactive maintenance
When you are in the reactive maintenance "death spiral", it takes a major change of approach to break out of it - not just fixing the symptoms of bigger...
What is the 5 whys technique?
The 5 Whys technique offers a simple, effective way to uncover the root of an issue. It is best used in troubleshooting and quality-improvement initiatives.
The consequences of poor maintenance planning and scheduling
Proper maintenance planning and scheduling is key in keeping component wear-out manageable and predictable. Let's explore what can go wrong if we ignore it.
How important is management of change?
Let's discuss the issues that can be caused when a management of change procedure is not followed (or in this case, does not exist).
Covered in slurry: the importance of proper root cause...
Stopping a root cause analysis at human error, or at the obvious component failure level, is unlikely to prevent future failures.
The importance of a no-blame culture for safety and...
As a general rule, we need to be very careful in using punishment as our first and primary response to any safety or reliability incident.
Creating the environment for successful root cause analysis
Experience tells us that, in practice, there are several barriers that inhibit the success of implementation of Root Cause Analysis (RCA) practices.
Why you don’t need software to perform root cause...
A growing number of root cause analysis processes are being supported by software. We need to be careful not to oversell the benefits of software in effective RCA.
Why team-based approaches to root cause analysis are more...
There is a school of thought, particularly among more highly qualified engineering personnel, that problem solving and root cause analysis is best performed by “experts” in their fields.
Why root cause analysis is not just ‘common sense’
Let's discuss some of the practical issues surrounding root cause analysis implementation within organisations, and how to obtain success from these processes.
Big data, predictive analytics and reliability: moving beyond better...
In this article, we continue our exploration by considering how developments such as big data and predictive analytics are contributing to reliability improvement.
4 essential tools and techniques for improving equipment reliability
Let's discuss some of the key tools and techniques that can be used to contribute to sound equipment reliability, and where these may be applicable.
4 things supply can do to assure asset reliability
Being at the tail end of the operational chain, supply can often bear the brunt of poor decisions made by asset designers, or during operations and maintenance.
4 ways maintenance managers can impact on equipment reliability
Let's explore some ways in which maintainers and maintenance management can impact on equipment reliability, and some suggestions to improve reliability via better maintenance.
How operations management can impact equipment reliability
Let's explore the key ways in which operations management can impact on equipment reliability, and offer some practical suggestions to improve reliability.
Design your asset life cycles for reliability
Let's explore the communal accountabilities that should be considered in the design phase of an asset life cycle, and the roles that different parts of an organisation play to...
Reliability is everybody’s responsibility
We are fascinated by disasters, yet everyday in our workplaces, mini-disasters occur with monotonous regularity. Why should we accept that failure is the norm?
5 tips for successful root cause analysis
Most organisations have some sort of investigation process, ranging from a basic incident report form through to a mature root cause analysis (RCA) process.