Root Cause Analysis (RCA) is a great tool in determining the causes of problems and failures associated with a process. RCA is routinely used in identifying appropriate solutions in quality control, material degradation issues, component defects, and other process issues in various industries.
Root cause analysis (RCA) of any failed product, component, or material is the investigative study of why or how it failed, resolve the problem, and prevent the recurrence of failure. Failures stemming from materials can be a result of faults in microstructure, material defects, thermo-mechanical issues, contamination due to foreign particles, engineering equipment or component issues, and faulty devices. RCA performed in a testing lab involves the characterization of the materials using a wide range of chemical or polymer analysis, mechanical, and electrical testing, and evaluation of their performance characteristics. RCA done in a laboratory also looks into the processes and machinery involved as part of problem resolution.
RCA is a great tool in isolating failures and is routinely used in quality control, resolving corrosion failure, material degradation issues, component defects, process issues, etc. RCA is essential in going beyond failure analysis and resolving the problem by analyzing the product, process, and people involved.
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Our network of material testing labs, spread across the USA, provides root cause analysis (RCA) services for detailed investigative studies of failed products, components, and materials.
The cost of root cause analysis (RCA) depends on the type of test, the component tested, the failure mechanism, and the subsequent investigation involved. Please contact us for a detailed quote tailored to your testing needs.
Root cause analysis (RCA) is a multi-step process that systematically identifies issues that are causing failure in products and components.
RCA is used for identifying the root causes of problems. RCA serves as input to a remediation process whereby corrective actions are taken to prevent the problem from reoccurring.
Below are 3 common Root Cause Analysis (RCA) tools:
o The 5 Whys
o Fishbone diagram
o Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA)
Other tools include Pereto Chart, Scatter Diagram, and Fault Tree Analysis.
RCA is the acronym for Root Cause Analysis, that is a problem solving technique used to identify the root cause of a fault or failure.
The RCA process includes the following five steps:
1. Analysing the problem to form a problem statement.
2. Collecting relevant data.
3. Look for factors that could have led to the problem.
4. Employing root cause analysis tools.
5. Determining a suitable solution.
The 5 Whys analysis tool is a problem-solving technique employed to get to the root cause of a problem. It works by asking the question “Why” five times, with each answer becoming the basis of the next “Why”.
The questions can be continued beyond the five counts till the problem is solved.
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