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FRACAS - Failure Reporting Analysis and Corrective Action System

This website provides information about the failure reporting and corrective action system (FRACAS) and how it relates to reliability and maintainability (RAM) software and analyses.

What is FRACAS?

A Failure Reporting Analysis and Corrective Action System (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. The idea of a formalized FRACAS has traditionally been applied to hardware systems and products, but it can effectively be applied to all types of products (including software and service) and processes (i.e., administrative, billing, design, manufacturing, etc.).

The basic measure of FRACAS effectiveness is its ability to function as a closed-loop coordinated system in the identification and repair of product and process failures, and the identification, implementation, and verification of a corrective action to preclude recurrence of the failure. As a result, early elimination of failure causes or trends is a major contributor to reliability growth and continuous process improvement.

FRACAS and Reliability Software
An integral component of an effective FRACAS would depend on detailed, accurate reliability and maintainability (RAM) analyses of the product or system. These analyses would point out the root cause of potential component failure while the product or system is still in the design phase, enabling the product manager or design engineer to take corrective action quickly and cost-effectively.

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