Recently, most of our concerns stem around getting stuff done faster but wanting the same quality result. For instance, when loading a web page, we expect it to be loaded in one second and use the next five seconds to browse the content and find what we’re looking for. Let’s take a step back and think about loading a webpage ten or fifteen years ago, using a dial up internet connection. I can guarantee you that it took a lot longer than two minutes!
Much of this, “need for speed” has been integrated into our working life where we now have apps that can take vibration measurements in a couple of seconds whereas in the past it took a couple of hours and a few technicians to get the correct reading and then analyze it. The team at Reliability Center Inc, has realized this change in dynamics and are introducing a new tool that steps up to the plate in more ways than one!
The EasyRCA tool was recently launched to allow everyone access to an RCA tool that is (as the name implies) easy to use. The tool is very intuitive and requires minimal training. If a user can click the Enter key on the keyboard or hover above the icons then they can use the tool. The only thing that is required is a stable internet connection and a device with a decent battery life.
One of the first things that stand out with the tool is the use of colour and easy to understand icons! Most tools within the industry shy away from colour but the use of colour to highlight the types of roots (Physical, Human or Systemic) and the stage (Event, Mode, Hypothesis) allows the RCA tree to be easily distinguished and more appealing to the eye.
Figure 1: Snapshot of 5 Why analysis using the EasyRCA Tool
The next interesting feature is that the user can choose the type of analysis that they require! That’s right, the user can choose from the sturdy Causal Tree, to the ever popular 5 Why or the Fishbone (utilizing the 6M method). With each of these types of RCA, the user can add more boxes, move them around the page to group them better or even delete those that they deem irrelevant. The user has full control of the software!
Figure 2: Snapshot of the Fishbone Analysis (6M) using the EasyRCA Tool
If this wasn’t enough to allow easy maneuverability, there is even a little “brain” that lights up orange on the screen. This is the virtual assistant and will light up whenever it “thinks” that it can offer assistance through templates from the library. The templates in the library span 50 years of experience that have been built in to allow users a guide for completing RCAs.
Figure 3: Snapshot of the Analysis Assistant using the EasyRCA Tool
What about using the tool to print out a report? Of course the team at Reliability Center Inc thought about this! When performing an RCA, we need to provide a report to all involved! The EasyRCA Tool allows users to produce a report which is downloaded into Microsoft Word. This allows the user to make even more changes if necessary. This report includes all of the pictures / pieces of evidence that were attached during the hypothesis verification process.
Figure 4: Snapshot of the Table of Contents produced by the EasyRCA Tool
Another very cool feature is that it allows teams to work in real time! For instance, if we have team members scattered across the globe (or around the table), any change that is made by a team member is reflected instantly in all open applications of that particular project in the EasyRCA Tool. When we set up a project, tasks are assigned to team members (who are alerted via email). Thus, each team member can have access to the project, once they have been assigned.
Here’s a quick snapshot of a Causal Tree in the EasyRCA software:
Figure 5: Snapshot of a Pump Failure RCA utilizing a Logic Tree in the EasyRCA software
The EasyRCA Tool is like the baby brother to the PROACT RCA software and allows analysts with little training to adapt this tool and still get results that add value! And, best of all, you can get started immediately.
Feel free to book a demo of the EasyRCA tool and check out the family of tools as they keep expanding to help better serve the industry!
About the Author
Sanya Mathura, is the Managing Director at Strategic Reliability Solutions where she is leading the efforts to shape the future of maintenance and reliability in Trinidad and Tobago. Sanya has her Machinery Lubrication Engineer certification from the International Council of Machinery Lubrication and is the first in Trinidad and Tobago to achieve this designation. With clients in the automotive, industrial, marine, construction, and transportation sectors, many have benefited from Sanya’s Reliability programs and problem-solving abilities.
Sanya can be contacted at [email protected] or http://strategicreliabilitysolutions.com/
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