January 2002

Special Report: Maintenance/Reliability

Looking for RCFA databases? Consider failure statistics

The data are useful but only the first step toward improving failure analysis

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Please assist us in finding the best root cause failure analysis (RCFA) database suitable for our use or an RCFA database that's being used by world-class companies." This is not the first such request we have received and we can't blame maintenance-technical individuals for harboring the hope that relevant data are out there, somewhere. Sometimes we're not exactly sure what the person is asking for, but we suspect it's a listing of what goes wrong and why in equipment, machines and components. Such listings are available. In one source the reader will find projected life expectancies of machine components, as compile

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