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by Sebastian Traeger

Updated: February 8, 2024

What Is Fault Tree Analysis (FTA)? Definition & Examples

Reading Time: 7 minutes With over two decades in business – spanning strategy consulting, tech startups and executive leadership – I am committed to helping your organization thrive. At
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by Sebastian Traeger

Updated: January 9, 2024

Guide to Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA)

Reading Time: 7 minutes With over two decades in business – spanning strategy consulting, tech startups and executive leadership – I am committed to helping your organization thrive. At
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by Sebastian Traeger

Updated: February 22, 2024

7 Powerful Root Cause Analysis Tools and Techniques

Reading Time: 5 minutes With over two decades in business – spanning strategy consulting, tech startups and executive leadership – I am committed to helping your organization thrive. At
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by Sebastian Traeger

Updated: December 11, 2023

Understanding Failure Mechanisms and Components

Reading Time: 5 minutes Understanding failure mechanisms and components is a critical aspect of reliability engineering, manufacturing, and maintenance across various industries. Whether you’re dealing with machinery, electronic devices,
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by Bob Latino

Updated: January 5, 2022

What’s Wrong With The Term “Root Causes”​?

Reading Time: 2 minutes There is great variation when it comes to a common understanding of the term ‘Root Cause Analysis’ or RCA. In a previous, lengthy paper, I
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by Bob Latino

Updated: January 5, 2022

The Stigma of RCA: What’s in a Name?

Reading Time: 4 minutes The Stigma of ‘RCA’ Let’s start off with some honesty…the term ‘RCA’ (Root Cause Analysis) is quite vague, misleading and easily misinterpreted by those who
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by Bob Latino

Updated: January 5, 2022

RCA in Action: The Space Shuttle Columbia Investigation

Reading Time: 3 minutes As is typical in our manufacturing organizations, oftentimes it takes high visibility events with catastrophic consequences for a full-blown Root Cause Analysis (RCA) to be
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by Bob Latino

Updated: January 5, 2022

Root Cause Analysis Without Verification is Conventional Wisdom

Reading Time: 5 minutes Root cause analyses are done every day all over the world. Organizations do root cause analysis because it is good business. From an explosion in
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by Bob Latino

Updated: January 5, 2022

Hidden Treasure: Eliminating Chronic Failures Can Cut Maintenance Costs Up To 60%

Reading Time: 4 minutes Every year, U.S. industry spends well over $300 billion on plant maintenance and operations. An estimated 80% of these dollars are expended to correct chronic
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by Bob Latino

Updated: November 27, 2023

Workers Are Industry’s Most Important Resource: Harness Their Power by Mastering the Art of Serving

Reading Time: 4 minutes Why are Human Assets Important? A realization that appears to be taking hold in corporate America today is that the answer to increased productivity and
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by Bob Latino

Updated: January 5, 2022

Here Lies Troubleshooting: In Today’s Competitive World, “Analysts” Find Real Solutions

Reading Time: 5 minutes In many ways, this article is a requiem for a time-honored function in plants and processing facilities throughout the chemical industry. In today’s competitive environment,
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by Bob Latino

Updated: January 5, 2022

Tesoro Escondido: Eliminando Fallas Crónicas Puede Reducirse el Costo de Mantenimiento Hasta en un 60%

Reading Time: 5 minutes Cada año, la industria estadounidense gasta bastante más de $300 mil millones de dólares en mantenimiento de la planta y sus operaciones. Un estimado 80%
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