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Root Cause Problem Elimination

What can you expect to learn in Root Cause Failure Elimination?


Upon successful completion of this seminar participants will be able to identify and eliminate machinery /component problems using a systematic, structured root cause approach. Within the RCPE process attendees will: determine site and area analysis trigger points using weighted functions, create real problem statements, know where to find and collect required information, generate and evaluate possible causes, identify and select real solutions, communicate analysis results, plan/schedule field actions and audit system response. In this manner participants will be familiar with evidence preservation so as to not compromise investigation effectiveness while determining applicable solutions


Attendees will be familiar with common material failure modes of; overload, fatigue, corrosion, wear and erosion. Using practical field tools (both static and dynamic), attendees will understand and recognize the forensics of failure analysis for typical plant components including; rolling element bearings, power transmission devices, fasteners, fractography (interpreting fracture faces) and lubricants Candidates will be prepared to utilize ASD/RCM thinking to assist in failure analysis, effectively, participate in RCA meetings and further improve asset availability and reliability.

Subjects (included but not limited to):

  • RCPE Introduction

    • Basic beliefs for RCPE

  • Drawing the “How-Can Diagram” 

    • Hands on experience​

  • Finding and prioritizing problems​​

  • Creative and critical thinking

  • Root Cause and logical thinking

    • The RCPE process

  • Triggers to perform RCPE​​

  • Problem definition

  • Possible causes​​

  • Select most likely cause

  • Verify selected cause

  • Identifying solutions

    • Evidence preservation

  • Data collection

    • Bearing Failures

  • Common failure modes

  • Failure patterns

  • Identifying causes of failure

  • Eliminating bearing failures

    • Lubricant Failures

  • Common failure causes

  • Simple field analysis techniques

  • Eliminating lubricant failures

    • Power Transmission Failures

  • Common failure modes of gear​​

  • Common failure modes of belts

  • Analyzing gear failures

  • Eliminating gear failures

    • Fastener Failures

  • Common types of fastener

  • Common failure modes​​

  • Eliminating fastener failures

    • Materials Failures​​

  • Materials properties​

  • Types of failure

  • Interpreting fracture faces

    • Types of corrosion

  • Recognizing corrosion mechanisms

  • Introduction to NDT techniques​​

  • Preventing corrosion failures

Course Details

Continuing Education Credits Included

Format: Public Course

Category: Training

Language: English

Members: $2,280
Non-Members:  $2,680

Target Participants:

This course has been carefully designed for anyone who has a role in reliability including Production and Maintenance leaders, supervisors, engineers, and lead hands. Reliability leaders, managers and engineers.


Friday, December 7, 2018 at 8:00am to 4:30pm

Perkins Hall, B60
1506 Middle Drive, Knoxville, TN 37996

Event Type

Training & Workshops




General Public


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