You’ve gotten buy-in from the boss by showing him how much money the organization can make from a good FRACAS. He said, “Great idea! Now go make it happen.” How many new ideas have you seen come and go in your organization? I have seen many through my career and I am sure you have as well. FRACAS is something that must be sustainable because it is the continuous improvement process for your Maintenance Strategies for each piece of equipment. In this chapter, we are going to offer you a phased approach to success, one step at a time.

  • FRACAS Step 1 – Determine your end goal.
    • Know where you are going.
  • FRACAS Step 2 – Create your data collection plan.
    • What measures will be used?
    • What data must be collected to create the measures?
    • How will the data be collected?
    • How will the data be analyzed?
  • FRACAS Step 3 – Determine organizational roles, goals, and responsibilities (RACI).
    • Who collects the data?
    • Who analyzes the data?
    • Who takes what action based on analysis results?
  • FRACAS Step 4 – Create the FRACAS Policies and Procedures Manual.
    • Create a manual that clearly delineates the items determined in Steps 1, 2, and 3.
  • FRACAS Step 5 – Develop and execute the FRACAS Training Plan.
    • Create a Training Plan based on the organizational roles, goals, and responsibilities determined in Step 3
  • FRACAS Step 6 – Implement the FRACAS.
    • Hold required informational meetings.
    • Begin data collection on highest priority systems.
    • Analyze data and report results.
    • Create corrective actions based on results.
  • FRACAS Step 7 – Monitor and adjust.
    • Monitor data quality and results.
    • Monitor corrective actions.
    • Adjust data collection plan and corrective action implementation plan based on results of monitoring.

Is this doable? If so why haven’t we had a continuous improvement process in place which eliminates unacceptable equipment failures?  I have ask myself these questions many times and finally the light came on.

I would appreciate your comments and thoughts on this process. If you would like the full Chapter on this topic from Bill Keeter and my book on FRACAS just send me an email at


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