February 2007

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HP Reliability: When is a good practice a bad practice

For years, it has been our contention that root-cause failure analysis (RCFA) is a skill that must be taught, absorbed and consistently practiced. We certainly concur with the CEO of an RCFA training ..

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

For years, it has been our contention that root-cause failure analysis (RCFA) is a skill that must be taught, absorbed and consistently practiced. We certainly concur with the CEO of an RCFA training company that for several decades has successfully shown professionals how to analyze failures and avoid their recurrence. This CEO makes it his business to read all sorts of company newsletters and finds them of interest. He recently alerted us to one that caused him well-justified concern. The newsletter was from a company that had trained its six expert failure investigators in the TapRooT method. As stated in an earlier newsletter from the same company, it was originally decreed that these

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