If you have seen the latest episode of CSI on TV then you have seen evidence collection kits in action. These are the tool boxes that the team uses after they arrive to the crime scene. They contain tools and forms that allow the CSI team to collect information, data, and samples to facilitate their investigation. Do you have a similar kit or toolbox for your plant’s reliability crime scenes? For example, say you have a failure that exceeds the RCFA process triggers for an investigation but as is the norm, it happens in the middle of the night on the weekend. How do you get the failed components, videos or pictures of the scene, samples of the fluids, interviews of the parties present? If you wait until you are back in the plant the evidence is cleaned up and gone and the stories have changed with time. That is where the kit comes in. If you have triggers for your equipment then you socialize them to those in the area then when they are met the kit is retrieved and the evidence is collected and store for your use later to solve the problem with the best data leading to the best results.
Below is a starter list of some of the things that you might have in your RCA Evidence Collection Kit.
Pads for notes and sketches
Pens/ Markers/ grease pens
Resealable bags for small parts and product samples
Oil sample containers
Tags to label larger parts
Feeler and thread gauges
V belt gauges to check wear on pulleys
Scrapers to clean off asset tags and ID Plates and collect samples
Inspection mirrors for seeing the back side of things
Wire brushes for cleaning tags to collect name plate data
Camera (disposable or digital)
Caution tape to block areas as required
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