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PROACT® Root Cause Analysis Lead Investigator Series

Five Workshops Formatted for Industry - Onsite or at Reliability Center Training Center.

PROACT® Root Cause Analysis Lead Investigator Series will provide analysts with a solid foundation in mechanical/electro-mechanical reliability (fractology) and an in-depth understanding about the conditions that increase the risk of human error in the workplace. All of these integral skills will then be utilized within the PROACT® RCA Methodology framework and software, to ensure investigations are efficient, effective and successful.

Benefits & Features:

  • Five workshops over a period of time that is determined by the client. Training workshops can be back-to-back and all sequential or they can be spread over time...it is whatever works best for the client.
  • Real case studies and failed parts to review, presented by veteran analysts .
  • Workshop reference materials correlated to each workshop .
  • Students are encouraged to bring real time example issues to share in class and to serve as the focus of exercises.
  • Upon completion and final exam - Successful Analysts are awarded plaques for Certified PROACT® Lead Investigators.

The following workshops in this series must be completed to fulfill the requirements for the PROACT® Root Cause Analysis Lead Investigator Series.

  • Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA) ® Facilitators will be taught the basic premise of FMEA and its probabilistic use to determine the most critical risks in an organization. The deliverable will be a rational prioritization of the risks associated within.
  • Opportunity Analysis (OA) ® As a value-added addition to the FMEA concept, OA facilitators will be able to lead teams to explore the opportunities that exist in any organization. OA facilitators will use historical data to identify trends over time. Opportunities will surface identifying the 20% or less of the events that are causing 80% or greater of an organization®s losses

PROACT® Root Cause Analysis (RCA) ® RCA facilitators will learn to lead teams to analyze why undesirable events occur, all the way down to their systems root causes. The goal is not to pinpoint WHO makes poor decisions, but WHY such decisions are made. The end result is usually deficient organizational systems that promote poor decision-making. This methodology is applicable to anyone in EH&S, Quality, Reliability, Maintenance, Engineering and Administration.



Human Error Reduction is designed to provide students with the requisite skills and knowledge necessary to effectively reduce human error in the workplace. With fewer errors made by your staff, you will spend less time correcting human errors and responding to consequences of human errors, thus strengthening your facility's safety culture. This workshop provides the students an acute awareness to the conditions that increase the risk of human error. This workshop is intended to be proactive in nature because students will be able to identify environment health and safety conditions that are high risk, and implement countermeasures to reduce those risks.

This course provides an in-depth understanding of how to verify hypotheses developed in RCA. Hands on presentations are made to teach students how to identify mechanical failure modes by reading fracture surfaces. This workshop can be customized per client interest and focus. For instance, the client can chose to focus on bearings, gears and fans or they may wish to focus on seals, shafts and fasteners. Many of the root causes of failures and risks lie in the mechanical reliability of equipment and components. This workshop will educate the students with a much deeper understanding of the material sciences and their role in failure.

This workshop will take all the knowledge learned from the past 3 workshops and put them together to solve specific issues. These issues will be identified using the FMEA and OA tools learned. The most important and highest ROI events will then be analyzed using the PROACT RCA methodology and software. The result will be an instant pay back for the investment in the training itself.

Failure analysts require a consistent, structured approach to conducting their investigations. Including a software component in this process will guide the analyst through the analysis and also prepare management reports of the findings and recommendations. Additionally it will cut analysis time by as much as 50%. The PROACT Suite contains the following:

  • LEAP® FMEA/OA Software ® This software provides a disciplined approach to documenting and communicating a Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA) and an Opportunity Analysis (OA). While the FMEA allows for compliance to regulatory guidelines. OA will allow the users to explore trends for chronic events that are the most prudent to conduct Root Cause Analyses on. LEAP also will record all of these analyses in a common database that can be searched and used for future investigations.

  • PROACT® RCA Software ® This software guides and helps facilitate the disciplined RCA process taught in the facilitator training. This software eliminates the need for multiple programs to attain the end result. PROACT RCA software documents the RCA process while dynamically compiling the report behind the scenes. It also includes a built-in presentation mode. PROACT RCA Software serves as a knowledge management system by storing successful RCA's and their associated logic, and allowing users to search and learn from them. Special securities allow the analyst the ability to limit permissions to the ongoing analysis and to publish the analysis for all to see when approved by legal.