There is a real challenge for our food and drink manufacturing professionals, especially in terms of reliability and maintenance in ensuring that assets continue to function whilst budgets are being cut and the availability of skill professionals can be limited.
Repeat failures eat into the budgets and time as well as having an impact on productivity and efficiency. Reliability is more than fixing broken equipment; it’s about changing culture.
So, what exactly is an effective RCA and what does it deliver for manufacturing professionals? At its core, RCA is a process for identifying the causes of problems or events in order to prevent them from recurring. It is based on the idea that effective management requires more than putting out fires for problems that develop, but finding a way to prevent them. RCA can also be employed as a means of identifying best practice, supporting continual improvement and rewarding evidence based decision making.
The methodology assists manufacturing professionals with:
- Identifying underlying causes of significant problems or successes
- Delivering solutions with immediate and lasting impact
- Opportunities to address loss prevention, delays, shared standards
- Compliance with the expectations and guidelines of customers
- Reducing complaints and building a better reputation and experience for customers
- Opportunities to improve weak or failing systems
- Automated reports for improved transparency and compliance
- Creating a competitive edge for winning new business
All organisations have repeat problems but successful companies fully understand why they are getting these problems and are able to put in place effective and sustainable solutions on the basis of this understanding. Sologic RCA provides a visual understanding of the complexity of problems including all causes including human, equipment, cultural, and procedures, that are buried in all problems. The process is engaging, educational and by its nature leads to stronger support for proposed solutions. Our Causelink software provides logistics professionals with the world’s leading software for problem solving, reporting, trend analysis and common data storage.
Sologic uses structured analysis to solve problems that impact on equipment and plant reliability, availability and efficiency. Importantly the aim is to minimise or eliminate downtime. Our customers tell us that appreciate a method that reflects the world as it happens, and does not squeeze them into a tick box exercise. That this effective approach reduces risk and prevents significant problems from recurring in their organisation. The Sologic RCA method also integrates and supports respected programs such as Six Sigma, ISO and LEAN.
I would recommend this to everyone that has issues internal or external. It’s a great way to find ‘hidden’ causes on an issue.