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    Root Cause Analysis (RCA)

    Root cause analysis 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, faulty devices, etc. RCA 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 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.

      RCA Common Uses

      • Product Quality Control
      • Failure of metals, ceramics, composites, polymers, etc.
      • Medical device failure issues.
      • Failure of materials and products under specific environmental or operating conditions
      • Corrosion and or oxidation failure
      • Wear and fatigue failure of products
      • Stress failure analysis
      • Adhesion failure
      • Failed lithium batteries and other energy storage device analysis
      • Contamination issues
      • Discoloration and off-gassing issues
      • Electroplating issues
      • Study of failed engineering components


      • Microelectronics
      • Semiconductor
      • Energy Storage
      • Packaging
      • Plastics and Polymers
      • Consumer Goods and Products
      • Aerospace
      • Medical Device
      • Pharmaceuticals
      • Chemicals

      RCA Laboratories

      • Element Materials Technology
      • National Technical Systems (NTS)
      • Applied Technical Services (ATS)
      • Intertek Group Plc.
      • Evans Analytical Group (EAG) Laboratories

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