PEME has introduced a be-spoke FRACAS for use by our Asset Care teams, located on our client’s sites. The purpose is to help drive continuous improvement behaviours among our engineers.
The PEME FRACAS is now live and also allows us to collate data on positive interventions to demonstrate the value-add provided to our customers from having an Asset Care specialist as part of their on-site engineering solution.
FRACAS? – What is it?
FRACAS stands for Failure Reporting, Analysis and Corrective Action System. The FRACAS concept originated from the defence and aerospace industries in the 1970s. It is an essential element in sustained reliability improvement programs. FRACAS can be used in safety / risk reduction systems, process control systems and incident reporting systems. It provides a structured closed-loop process for solving issues.
What’s the PEME FRACAS then?
Our PEME Reliability lead (Stef Smith pictured) has long been a champion of using FRACAS within PEME’s Asset Care contracts to help achieve Productivity Improvement for our clients. In parallel, Laurie-ann Smith from our Reliability Department has recently completed a Master’s degree at Manchester university in Asset Management and chose ‘The use of FRACAS within the UK manufacturing environment’ as the subject for her dissertation. Never one to miss an opportunity to ‘steal-with-pride’, Stef has taken Laurie-ann’s work and applied a fast-track approach to provide a pragmatic tool that can be used by our engineering teams.
It allows users to enter failure descriptions, report analysis conclusions and view actions / measures. This visibility ensures that analysis and remedial actions are concluded. It allows us to understand failure trends and identify dominant re-occurring problems. Sites are given targets for positive interventions and individual engineers are expected to generate improvement opportunities and / or capture faults that they have addressed.
The FRACAS dashboard (below) provides an excellent Visual Management tool that provides individual sites with an overview of their site’s FRACAS and provides information such as:
- Cumulative benefit (cost reduction or avoidance figures) from an intervention
- A quantitative summary of Reports / Corrective Actions and Measures created, completed and outstanding
- Summary of Failure Causes (e.g. incorrect part used, faulty part; incorrect operation, inadequate maintenance, etc.)
- Graphs displaying Corrective Actions and Measures status by month