What is FRACAS?
A failure reporting, analysis and corrective action system (FRACAS) is a process that gives organizations a way to report, classify and analyze failures, as well as plan corrective reactions in response to those failures. Software is often used to implement a FRACAS system to help manage multiple failure reports and produce a history of failure with corresponding corrective actions, so recorded information from those past failures can be analyzed.
First developed and used by the United States Department of Defense groups in 1985, a FRACAS is a process containing the following steps:
- Failure reporting (FR): All failures and faults related to a system, piece of equipment or process are formally reported. The failure report clearly identifies the failed asset, symptoms of the failure, testing conditions, operating conditions and failure time.
- Analysis (A): Performing a root cause analysis to identify what caused the failure.
- Corrective actions (CA): Implementing corrective (or preventive) actions to prevent future occurrences of the failure. FRACAS can be used in multiple applications like safety/risk reduction, process control and incident reporting systems.
A FRACAS also provides important information from failure analysis and corrective actions for reliability data reports.
BQR-Digital servers host several applications, among them are the field data analysis and FRACAS (Failure Reporting, Analysis, and Corrective Action System) tools.
BQR’s FRACAS collects failures and maintenance events (corrective and preventive). The data is then analyzed to produce failure and repair time distributions.
The output has two main uses:
- Predict Remaining Useful Life (RUL)
- Update apmOptimizer asset model and generate the Corrective Actions for improving the maintenance concept