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Top 6 Reasons RCFA Initiatives Fail

  1. Top 6 Reasons RCFA Initiatives Fail © Life Cycle Engineering
  2. Organizations often expend precious resources to train people on root cause failure analysis (RCFA) © Life Cycle Engineering
  3. Only to realize very little gain after a brief burst of interest and activity © Life Cycle Engineering
  4. How does this happen? © Life Cycle Engineering
  5. 1. The company treats RCFA as a tool, when it is more of a process. © Life Cycle Engineering
  6. Most of the best-practice RCFA processes consist of many steps, often the same steps, albeit sometimes grouped differently. © Life Cycle Engineering
  7. 2. Companies try to apply specific RCFA methods to all their problems. © Life Cycle Engineering
  8. There are many methods – use the one that’s right for the job! © Life Cycle Engineering
  9. 3. Companies rely on inadequate failure analysis, causing them to fix the wrong problems. © Life Cycle Engineering
  10. If you are looking for a lubrication failure root cause when the true failure mode was axial overload, you are unlikely to find an effective solution. © Life Cycle Engineering
  11. 4. Too many corrective action recommendations. © Life Cycle Engineering
  12. Too many, often vague, recommendations are often the equivalent of not admitting “I really don’t know why it failed.” © Life Cycle Engineering
  13. 5. Poor execution. © Life Cycle Engineering
  14. It is frustrating to be called to a site to perform an RCFA for a second failure, when the corrective actions from the RCFA for the first failure have not been implemented. © Life Cycle Engineering
  15. 6. Ironically, too many RCFAs. © Life Cycle Engineering
  16. You realize that you don’t have nearly adequate resources to implement all of those corrective actions. Then comes the collapse. Time for another program of the month! © Life Cycle Engineering
  17. So how do you prevent these things from happening? © Life Cycle Engineering
  18. Design and implement an effective RCFA process that avoids these common pitfalls and see your production, quality, yield, safety, and cost performance improve. We can help! © Life Cycle Engineering
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  20. About Life Cycle Engineering Life Cycle Engineering (LCE) provides consulting, engineering, applied technology and education solutions that deliver lasting results for private industry, the Department of Defense and other government organizations. The quality, expertise and dedication of our employees enable Life Cycle Engineering to serve as a trusted resource that helps people and organizations to achieve their full potential. Founded in 1976, LCE is headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina with offices across North America and experience around the globe. Got a specific problem you’re trying to solve? Chances are that we have helped someone solve a similar problem. Email and we’ll explain how we helped. Or visit our website The Life Cycle Institute’s Root Cause Analysis course will help you learn a process for establishing a culture of continuous improvement and creating a proactive environment. Learn more. Life Cycle Engineering's experts have written serveral articles on Root Cause Analysis. Learn more. Life Cycle Engineering can help by performing Root Cause Failure Analysis. Learn more. TRAINING: ARTICLES: SERVICES: