SUNConferences, 27th Annual Conference of the SA Institute for Industrial Engineering

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Implementation of FMECA Approach for Reliability Improvement on Drum Production Line
Mendon Dewa

Last modified: 2016-09-16


Manufacture of industrial packaging products requires multiple processes and machines. It is imperative to ensure that these machines are reliable and available when required to perform tasks. The case-in-point, a drum manufacturer, has experienced numerous equipment breakdowns or failures on the steel drum production line. These failures affect the reliability of the drum production line. The purpose of the study was to improve machine reliability and reduce downtime for the drum production line. Reliability analysis was conducted based on the data that was collected on the MP2 system from the records for previous three months. The analysis gave evidence that major counter-measures were pertinent to improve line reliability. A cross-functional team was instituted to conduct FMECA as risk assessment to determine failure modes and failure effects of critical equipment, and incorporate the criticality analysis. The reliability of the welder and seamer equipment improved after the implementation of FMECA and one can conclude that FMECA can be the vital tool for companies that thrive for optimal performance.


Reliability, FMECA