A failure reporting, analysis and corrective action system
(FRACAS) is a system, sometimes carried out using software, that provides a process for reporting, classifying, analyzing failures, and planning corrective actions in response to those failures. It is typically used in an industrial
Industry refers to the production of an economic good or service within an economy.-Industrial sectors:There are four key industrial economic sectors: the primary sector, largely raw material extraction industries such as mining and farming; the secondary sector, involving refining, construction,...
environment to collect data, record and analyse system
System is a set of interacting or interdependent components forming an integrated whole....
Failure refers to the state or condition of not meeting a desirable or intended objective, and may be viewed as the opposite of success. Product failure ranges from failure to sell the product to fracture of the product, in the worst cases leading to personal injury, the province of forensic...
s. A FRACAS system may attempt to manage multiple failure report
A report is a textual work made with the specific intention of relaying information or recounting certain events in a widely presentable form....
s that are recorded by numerous individuals in different ways. FRACAS produces a history of failure and corrective actions.
The FRACAS method was developed by the US Govt. and first introduced for use by the US Navy and all department of defense agencies in 1985. The method calls for a systematic failure data collection, management, analysis, and corrective action implementation.
FRACAS process is a disciplined closed loop failure reporting, analysis and corrective action system.
The FRACAS process is a useful tool in the achievement of product reliability and safety.
A FRACAS is used to record all failures and problems related to a product or process and their associated root causes and failure analyses in order to assist in identifying and implementing corrective actions.
One of the most common methods for reliability operational assessment is a FRACAS – a systematic approach for reliability, safety, and logistics assessment based on failure or incident reporting, management, analysis, and corrective/preventive actions.
Organizations today are adopting this method (FRACAS) and utilize commercial systems such as a web-based FRACAS application enabling an organization to create a failure/incident data repository from which statistics can be derived to view accurate and genuine reliability, safety, and quality.
Common FRACAS outputs may include: Field MTBF, MTBR, MTTR
Mean time to repair is a basic measure of the maintainability of repairable items. It represents the average time required to repair a failed component or device. Expressed mathematically, it is the total corrective maintenance time divided by the total number of corrective maintenance actions...
, spares consumption, reliability growth, failure/incidents distribution by type, location, part no., serial no, symptom, etc.
FRACAS – Failure Reporting Made Simple