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Two reasons why team-based approaches to Root Cause Analysis (RCA) are more effective

Monday, 09 April 2018 16:05

 This is the second article in a series of four where we will examine the following topics: 

 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.  This school of thought discounts the potential contribution of lesser qualified personnel in being able to identify and implement effective permanent solutions to maintenance and reliability problems.

I believe this viewpoint to be fundamentally flawed, for two main reasons.

 

Why Root Cause Analysis (RCA) is not just 'Common Sense'

Tuesday, 13 March 2018 11:05

The appropriate application of Root Cause Analysis (RCA) techniques can yield significant organisational and individual benefits.  This article is the first in a series of four, discussing some of the practical issues surrounding the implementation of Root Cause Analysis processes within organisations, and in doing so, attempts to give some guidance to those wishing to obtain success from their Root Cause Analysis program.The four articles in this series will examine the following topics: 

Two common misperceptions about Root Cause Analysis (RCA) are either that:

  1. Applying RCA successfully requires the application of some radically new or different skills, or alternatively
  2. RCA is simply “common sense” problem solving

Neither of these is the case.

Most people who undertake a Root Cause Analysis training course are somewhat disappointed to discover that, while RCA includes a few new tools, tips and techniques, these are all reasonably easily learnt, and not represent a radical departure from what most people are capable of applying.  This often leads rapidly to the second misconception – that effective problem solving is simply “common sense”, and that, therefore, there is no need for people to be trained in Root Cause Analysis principles.

 

Putting a value on maintenance and reliability improvement

Monday, 26 February 2018 15:32

Given that Assetivity’s business model is all about delivering value to our clients through improvements in asset management, maintenance management and reliability engineering, it is not surprising that we are often asked how best to put a value on maintenance and reliability improvements project.

The answer of course is ‘that depends on the nature of the project’.

In this article, we will consider the three levers of value in any maintenance and reliability improvement project, explore five approaches that we commonly apply to estimate the likely value from the improvement projects, and discuss methods for measuring and monitoring whether the project is actually delivering on its promise.

 

Asset Management Accountability Framework (AMAF) – an overview

Monday, 12 February 2018 16:37

What is the Asset Management Accountability Framework (AMAF)?

In early 2016, the Victorian State Government’s Department of Treasury and Finance published and issued their Asset Management Accountability Framework (AMAF). The AMAF replaced the Victorian Government’s previous asset management framework “Sustaining Our Assets” and its related asset management series. (1) The AMAF is intended to assist Victorian public-sector agencies to manage their asset portfolios better and provide better services for Victorians (1). The AMAF provides guidance to all Victorian Government organisations which are subject to regulations of the Financial Management Act (FMA) of 1994.

 

Big Data, Predictive Analytics and Reliability – Moving Beyond Better Maintenance

Tuesday, 06 February 2018 08:49

In earlier articles in this series, we have discussed the various functions within any business that can contribute to sound equipment reliability (design, operations, maintenance and supply).  We have also looked at the key tools and techniques that can be used by these functions, and where these may be applicable. 

In this article, we will continue our exploration of reliability topics by considering how developments such as the Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT), big data and analytics are contributing to reliability improvement.

We have previously explored the impact of these development on maintenance in our article ‘Big Data, Predictive Analytics and Maintenance’.  We have also explored the impact of these developments on traditional thinking about predictive maintenance in our article ‘The PF Interval – Is it Relevant in the world of Big Data?’

In this article, we will extend this exploration into the world of reliability engineering. Specifically, we will consider how the abundance of accessible and consistent data, combined with applications to support visualisation, modelling, analysis and machine learning are supporting the four key pillars of modern reliability engineering, namely:

  • Reliability by Design,
  • Operate for Reliability,
  • Maintenance Tactics Optimisation, and
  • Defect Elimination
 

West Australian Department of Local Government and Communities (DLGSC) National Asset Management Assessment Framework (NAMAF) Support

Tuesday, 23 January 2018 10:47

The National Asset Management Assessment Framework (NAMAF) was developed by asset management professionals from across Australia under the guidance of the Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government.  The NAMAF provides a methodology for assessing the maturity of a local government asset management and financial planning processes.  It comprises 11 elements against which local governments can self-assess their progress in implementing better practices, and develop improvement plans. 

Although intended as a national program, implementation of the NAMAF has proceeded state by state, with the, then Western Australian Department of Local Government and Communities (DLGC), now Department of Local Government, Sports and Cultural Industries (DLGSC), launching a program in that state in February 2014 as an extension of their Integrated Planning and Reporting initiative that had been running 2009.

At or about the same time, ongoing assessment of asset management planning by DLGC highlighted the need to improve the accuracy of asset condition and useful life data.

 

Four Essential Tools and Techniques for Improving Equipment Reliability

Tuesday, 09 January 2018 10:30

In earlier articles in this series, we have discussed the various functions within any business that can contribute to sound equipment reliability (design, operations, maintenance and supply).  In this article we will discuss some of the key tools and techniques that can be used by these functions, and where these may be applicable.  Due to space constraints, we will not be discussing these techniques in detail, but where appropriate, links have been included in this article to other articles that we have written for those that require more information.

 

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