August 2, 2021 | Emily Pritt

#1 Cause of Equipment Failure: A TapRooT® TV Video Premiere

This week we are talking about the top reason equipment fails, and how to stop repeat equipment failure.  

So, what’s the #1 REASON?

Operator error. That was easy enough. So, how do we prevent equipment failure?

Approximately 85% of equipment failures are caused by:

  • improper installation
  • failure to maintain the equipment
  • improper maintenance
  • using the equipment for something it wasn’t designed to do
  • improper operation of the equipment

Watch Ken Reed and Emily Pritt as they discuss this topic

TapRooT® TV premieres on Wednesdays at noon, on Facebook and YouTube

You may also listen to the conversation on the TapRooT® podcast

Why Equipment Continues to Fail

If you approach each equipment failure as an equipment problem, you can see why the problems keep happening over and over again. If you don’t fix the human performance difficulties, the same problems will keep happening.

Help is here through Equifactor®

Equifactor® is designed to be used to help you figure out the root causes of mechanical or electrical equipment failures to stop repeat equipment failures. Our systematic process is reliable, and your equipment should be, too. You and your troubleshooting team will benefit from the Equifactor® book and Equifactor® Training.

Equifactor® Book

In our 2-Day course, you will learn all about Equifactor® to troubleshoot equipment issues and find out what is leading to failures. The Equifactor® Techniques are based on the work of noted equipment reliability expert Heinz Bloch.

You’ll also learn how to use the TapRooT® System to organize the information you collect, identify the Causal Factors of the failure, and find the fixable root causes of the failure. Finally, you will learn to develop effective fixes to stop future equipment failures.

The tools you will learn include:

  • Equifactor® Troubleshooting Tables – a systematic guide to troubleshooting common equipment problems.
  • SnapCharT® Diagram – visualize and organize the information you collect to make what happened understandable.
  • Root Cause Tree® Diagram and Dictionary – find the real, fixable root causes of human performance and equipment issues.
  • Corrective Action Helper® Module – provides suggested corrective actions to help you develop effective fixes.
  • Safeguard Analysis – helps define Causal Factors and develop effective corrective actions.
  • Change Analysis – collect and understand information about problems caused by changes or differences in system, equipment, or people.

Visit our website for all available Equifactor® courses. If you would like to sponsor a course at your site (or virtually), you may reach out via email, or call, 865.539.2139, to discuss what we can do for you.

Already familiar with TapRooT®?

Our 1-Day Equifactor® Troubleshooting Training is for people who have already been TapRooT® trained. It is ideal for technicians and mechanics who perform troubleshooting and repairs but don’t perform root cause analysis.

This course is held as an on-site course only.

Additional reading

The following explains more about equipment reliability, Equifactor®, and the TapRooT® system:

What’s the Difference Between Equipment Troubleshooting & Root Cause Analysis? Equipment troubleshooting starts with knowledge of the equipment and the symptoms of the failure. If you haven’t finished troubleshooting, you aren’t ready for root cause analysis. Click below to continue reading.

Unique Equipment Failures? Develop Custom Equifactor® Equipment Troubleshooting Tables— The tables, which are already included in the TapRooT® Software—cover a wide range of equipment types, including various types of pumps, compressors, motors, valves, turbines, etc. Click the link above to read more about how to use them to quickly narrow down the physical causes of your failure.  Once you have this cause in hand, you can then continue to apply the rest of the TapRooT® System to determine the human performance issues that allowed the equipment failure.

Join us every week for the TapRooT® TV video premiere

The premiere of new TapRooT® TV videos on Wednesdays is at noon, on Facebook and YouTube. You may also listen to the conversation on the TapRooT® podcast. Of course, you may always listen/watch at your convenience via these links, even if you miss the Wednesday premiere.

Register for a TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis Training Course

TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis Training courses are taught all over the world. If you are interested in learning how to stop repeat incidents, find a 2-day or 5-day course.  We are available to train you and your staff on-site at your workplace; contact us to discuss your needs. You may also call us at 865.539.2139.

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