Investigations can be carried out to determine the root cause of a failure or an incident. The sectors and industries we currently carry out investigations are as follows:
- Agricultural / plant
- Commercial vehicles / haulage
The mode of failure, such as fatigue, can often be easily determined by examination of the failed component. However, the root cause of the failure is often more difficult to establish. A primary part of the investigation is collecting evidence and asking questions to determine the operation and history of the failed component.
Once the root cause of the failure has been identified it important is to prevent re-occurrence.
When unmanaged failures occur, there can be a significant cost to the business in terms of repairs and downtime.
When the root cause of a failure or series of failures is identified, a procedure must be carried out to determine the optimum method of preventing the failure reoccurring or mitigating the consequences of a failure based on a cost-benefit analysis.
GBB (UK) engineers are trained to use several techniques, including Failure Mode and Effect Analysis (FMEA) and Reliability Centred Maintenance (RCM), to facilitate meetings and help determine the most cost-effective solution.