PROACT® Failure Scene Investigation

The Mechanical FSI course enhances the analyst’s ability to follow the discipline of the PROACT® methodology by increasing the individual’s internal practical and theoretical mechanical knowledge.

Course title:

PROACT® Failure Scene Investigation

In Person or Interactive | 2 Days

Prerequisites : None

Who is this for?
  • Principal Analysts
  • Engineers
  • RCA Facilitators
  • Reliability Engineers
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Topics Covered:

Mechanical failure modes with in depth examples of fatigue, overload, erosion and corrosion

Course Description

This course provides an in-depth understanding of how to verify hypotheses developed in RCA. Hands-on presentations are made to teach attendees how to identify mechanical failure modes by reading fracture surfaces.

This course can be customized in its presentation by picking certain topics to emphasize while deleting others, or by focusing the class on teaching how to perform certain techniques versus gaining an appreciation for numerous techniques. Part of a principal analyst’s role is to be aware of the technology available for verifying. They do not necessarily have to be an expert in the “how to” but rather they must know when to apply a certain technology and who can do it.

This is a two-day session that is recommended for lead investigators who will be expected to perform RCA in the field. Because of the nature of the content, it is recommended that attendees have an appreciation for the use of computers in engineering applications and an engineering background or equivalent experience.

Course Objective:

Upon completion of this course, attendees will be able to:

  • Recognize failure patterns from fractured surfaces of physical components.
  • Determine when to use certain analytical techniques in the course of an RCA.
  • Put Failure Analysis verification techniques in the context of an overall approach to Root Cause Analysis.

    Learning Outcomes:

    At the end of this course, you will learn:

    • Articulate the PROACT® RCA methodology
    • Recognize fatigue, ductile, brittle, and torsional failures
    • Recognize ball and roller bearing failure modes
    • Recognize power transmission failure modes
    • Recognize corrosion failures
    • Determine reasons for human performance failures

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    Failed Parts Tell No Lies

    The PROACT® Failure Scene Investigation (FSI) hands-on workshop provides the participants with the skills and knowledge to strategically obtain and interpret the data necessary to solve failure by demonstrating how different analytical tools are used to prove or disprove hypotheses. The Mechanical FSI course will educate and enhance the analyst’s ability to identify many types of mechanical failure modes. It will also give the failure analyst an understanding of when the hypothesis being verified must go to an expert. Many of the failures being analyzed can be verified within the organization. On average, about 20% will have to go to outside experts. The Mechanical FSI course enhances the analyst’s ability to follow the discipline of the PROACT® methodology by increasing the individual’s internal practical and theoretical mechanical knowledge.

    Analysis Reports That Sell

    Once the failure scene investigator has determined the real root causes of the failure mechanism, he or she is then taught how to assemble a comprehensive report for management that is comprised of facts that accurately present the findings. The final report provides the necessary justification to obtain the resources needed to implement solutions which will eliminate the causes of the problems. This advanced course is designed for field, technical and engineering personnel who are primarily responsible for determining the causes of equipment, process and human failures, and/or for providing input on failed parts and general data collection when failure occurs.

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