Reliability Analysis | Equipment Failures


CMMS software for equipment failure analysis and reliability analysis. Equipment failures are costly and disruptive to the production process. One good way to avoid equipment down time is to determine what the primary causes of down time are and circumvent these instances of equipment failure through a targeted preventative maintenance program. Considerations must be made to determine how to prioritize resources for this preventative maintenance. The following should be considered making these determinations:

  • Is there a particular failure cause that occurs more than others?
  • Is there a particular equipment item with disproportionate failures due to a specific cause?
  • Is there a certain manufacturing shift that incurs more down time than others?
  • Is there a certain maintenance crew that experiences longer times to repair than others?
  • Is there more down time (sum, average and/or count) in a particular department or other equipment grouping?
  • What areas of equipment failure are mostly costly to the non-maintenance cost center(s)? For example: lost product, lost production time or overtime expenses.

All of the above questions may be answered using a CMMS software that tracks equipment failures and provides analysis of this data.

Equipment failure analysis prerequisites:

  1. Some equipment configured.
  2. Some failure causes configured.
  3. Determine a strategy for logging equipment failure data.
  4. Understand the three components of equipment down time (Time Down, Time To Repair, Impact)

Before beginning with CMMS configuration it is important to understand and plan several key components of the system as follows:

  • Design the equipment hierarchy.
  • Link to a live database.
  • Enter company information.
  • Enters settings and choose appropriate options.
  • Organize users into appropriate groups/roles.

Reliability analysis prerequisites:

  1. Some equipment configured.
  2. Some failure causes configured.
  3. Run time data entered.

Learn more about how to use reliability analysis with this CMMS software.

Equipment Failure Tracking

  • What is down time (unexpected equipment failure)?
  • Entering a new down time record.
  • Editing a down time record.
  • Creating a work order from a down time record.
  • Adding an equipment run time record (needed for reliability analysis).

Analyzing Equipment Failures (Down Time)

  • Canned down time reports.
  • Using OLAP (online analytical processing) for down time.
  • Querying equipment failures.
  • Exporting equipment failure analysis to Excel (two methods).