Failure Analysis

What is Failure Analysis?

Failure Analysis is performed when there is a desire or regulatory requirement to initiate an investigation into the root cause of failure for critical components that unexpectedly fail while in service.

Understanding the characteristics that caused an unplanned failure is critical to determining which corrective actions will prevent future re-occurrence and potential catastrophic damages in the future.

Types of Critical Component Failures That We Support Through Failure Analysis

— Bearing Failure                 — Relay Failure
— Circuit Board Failure       — Diode Failure
— Switch Failure                   — Valve Failure
— Electrical Failure              — Pump Failure
— Transformer Failure        — Weld Failure
— Gasket Failure                  — Pipe Failure
— Bolt Failure                        — Solenoid Failure
— Metallurgical Failure        — Gear Pump Failure
— Diesel Engine Failure       — Gasket Failure
— Circuit Breaker Failure    — Cable Failure
— Insulator Failure              — Pump Failure

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Our Process

To understand why a part failed, it takes some investigation through observation and collection of data. Our team has a wide array of lab equipment and access to our extensive online database OneLab. This database provides decades of records of past performed failure analysis and valuable insight on past manufacturer and models, thereby enabling us to know what products tend to fail and why before we ever look at the part.

Our qualified technicians will then perform a series of examinations and testing methods to find the cause of the failure. We provide failure testing across all industries, from diesel engine failure and ignition coil failure to transformer failures.

Our goal is to quickly analyze the data and identify the root cause so you can fix the problem faster.

The Benefits of Failure Analysis

Finding out why something failed can lead to positive changes in your operations, from supporting daily production to the overall safety. Here are a few of the benefits your company can experience when you find the root of the cause from a failure analysis:

Reduce Costs: There will be less maintenance when identifying the root cause, therefore reducing costs.

Safety: Identifying the cause can contribute to not only the safety of the environment, but also allow safer working conditions for employees.

Reliability of your Equipment: When the equipment is used correctly, production can successfully run without causing downtime.

Design Changes: Changes to better the system may occur when a failure analysis is made. Operating components on the proper intended use may also be implemented.

Correcting the Action

In order to prevent this failure from re-occurring, it’s encouraged to develop a corrective action plan. Whether it’s training employees on how to handle the equipment correctly or contacting the manufacture to make sure they are meeting the design requirements, taking the extra steps necessary to create preventable measures is only for your benefit.

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