Root Cause Analysis

The power of Root Cause Analysis

Root Cause Analysis focuses on getting down to the root of the problem, to avoid repetition. Because repeat problems lead to waste in your plant – waste in the form of scrap waste, time and resources spent on fixing the problem, downtime and product rework. Whether the problem is a deviation or a SHE issue, finding the root cause always entails productivity benefits.

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Root Cause Analysis

5 Why’s lead to root cause

When a deviation or SHE issue occurs, the problem is temporarily fixed, after which you immediately start a Root Cause Analysis (RCA) procedure. You comprise a team and start a 5 Why Analysis, allowing everyone to submit their questions. Asking supplementary questions will finally lead you to the root cause and how to solve it, if all 5 Why’s have been answered. If the solution does not work, you start the whole cycle again until you find the real root cause.

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RCA in practice

For example, your labelling machine has stopped working again. It seems to jam at random intervals. You start an RCA procedure. You discover that little drops of glue fall on moving parts when it dispenses glue, causing the jam. It was standard procedure to replace the whole dispenser, but now the root cause has been identified, the machine is recalibrated, so it doesn’t spill any glue anymore. To verify the problem is solved, your engineer and/or worker receives a confirmation form (Smart Forms).

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Sharing expertise across plants

Since your employees can collaborate on root causes remotely via a single database, there is no need to fly your engineers or safety experts all over the world anymore, potentially unlocking tremendous cost savings in time, flight, working hours and accommodation. Are you ready to unlock the power of Root Cause Analysis?

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"RCA eliminates waste in all forms, helping you make your manufacturing plant more sustainable."
Luc Raeskin - CEO App4mation
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