About Root Cause Analysis (RCA)
Root cause analysis (RCA) is a comprehensive problem-solving approach used to determine the underlining causes of non-desired performance. The “root cause” in RCA is the source for a particular failure or process breakdown.
An analogy would be the common cold. While headaches and coughs are symptoms of catching a cold, the virus is the root cause. Root cause failure analysis (RCFA) is often used interchangeably with RCA but is usually referenced specifically for mechanical or equipment failure.
The Benefits of Predictive Maintenance for RCA
Predictive maintenance can play an integral role in successful Root Cause Analysis (RCA). By anticipating potential failures and taking preventative action, organizations can reduce the amount of reactive firefighter maintenance and allow for more targeted RCA investigations. Predictive maintenance can also provide more accurate triggering points for when RCA investigations should take place, allowing for the successful identification of the root cause.