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Root Cause Failure Analysis and Elimination

Course Description:

Root Cause Failure Analysis and Elimination is a systematic methodology for identifying the root cause of problems. Performing RCA and implementing the mitigation or elimination of issues is at the heart of continuous improvement. This holds true for all parts of the organization (equipment failures requiring maintenance, predictive technology finds operation disruptions, material handling shortages, all assets, processes, and products. It enables such things as future problems from recurring, improves safety, reduces breakdowns, reworks and scrap, eliminates quality defects, and reduces cost. This includes plant floor, facilities, and administrative processes (engineering, purchasing, etc.).

From the RMC you will gain both the academic RCA knowledge and the practicable real-world advice from instructors that have extensive industrial experience.

Benefits/Learning Objectives – Learn How To

  • Understand the Basics of Root Cause Analysis methodology to identify issues caused by machine/equipment breakdowns, human errors, and processes/systems
  • Apply over a dozen RCA tools/techniques
  • Know if you should perform a RCA
  • Use investigation techniques, know what data to collect and follow overall RCA process steps
  • Focus on resolving a problem by understanding (beyond the symptoms) and going deeper into the level of roots (Machines/Equipment/Tools /Part, Human Factors, Processes, and Dysfunctional/Hidden Issues)
  •  Be able to identify when, where and how to use what Root Cause Analysis tools and techniques in various circumstances (without blaming people)
  • Integrate the various tools and techniques to get maximum benefit. You will gain both knowledge and confidence in applying the many tools/technologies with the practice exercises.
  • Gain knowledge to enable taking action for immediate and long term continuous improvement following the course. Along with the course material, the workbook includes forms, and checklists, to get you started.

Use these learnings to enable better problem-solving, troubleshooting, and problem-elimination skills.

One of the key items that differentiate between a “good and great” company is “having a common practical problem-solving process that everyone uses”.

Instructed by :

Dr. Klaus M. Blache

Dr. Blache has over 30 years of experience in various areas of manufacturing and continuous improvement (processes, products, and people). Included are areas such as lean manufacturing, reliability & maintenance, competitive analysis, continuous improvement tools & techniques, new facility planning, and implementation, industrial engineering, ergonomics, and change management. In the past seven years, he has visited/worked with about 200 facilities and has written and lectured globally in numerous technical and management areas. Klaus is currently at the University of Tennessee as the Director of the Reliability & Maintainability Center and Research Professor (College of Engineering). Prior to that, his most recent corporate assignments were Manufacturing Engineering Director (Cadillac), Engineering Launch Manager (new assembly plant), Global Manager of Manufacturing Reliability & Maintenance, and Manager – Corporate Industrial Engineering for General Motors. His experiences include implementing large changes and sustainable continuous improvement all around the world, developing a Corporate R&M process and global implementation, plant assessments/benchmarking, and numerous related assignments. Klaus is also a past Chairman of SMRP (Society of Maintenance & Reliability Professionals).

Member Rate: $1,495

Non Member: $1,695

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Tuesday, August 9, 2022 at 8:00am to 4:30pm

More dates through August 11, 2022

TBA, Room 205

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Training & Workshops




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RMIC, Reliability, Maintainability, RCA, tree diagram, fishbone, Cause mapping, change analysis, 5why, pareto, correlation, human error

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