How to Perform RCA and What is the Outcome?
A computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) or enterprise asset management (EAM) software stores all relevant data for a given asset. If the CMMS/EAM is utilized correctly, it will contain a complete history for the asset including all maintenance performed. Maintenance management software can also document industry standards, manufacturer’s guidelines and more. Detailed information stored in a CMMS will be leveraged when undertaking RCA.
When you perform root cause analysis, the principle question being asked is, “What is the fundamental reason that caused this equipment to fail?” Once you find the problem, after researching data likely contained in a CMMS/EAM, a corrective action can then be taken to prevent additional failures for the same problem. RCA is an industry standard method for investigating failure, and is aimed to help manufacturing companies and other facilities save money and improve production in the long run.