Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA) is a systematic procedure for the analysis of a system to identify the potential failure modes, their causes and effects on system performance.

Failure Mode, Effects and Criticality Analysis (FMECA) extends the FMEA technique to include a criticality analysis of all failure modes/ mechanisms.

Key features of FMEA are:

· Creative discussion process;

· Identifies and evaluates failures; and

· Supports failure reduction or mitigate planning.

IRC has a team of experienced facilitators that can ensure the success implementation ofa FMEA analysis.

IRC also has a team of SMEs of various disciplines to call upon for specialist advice.

FMEA Application

FMEA/ FMECA can be used throughoutthe development of project from FEED to operational phase. However analyses are normally done on selected key equipment due to the (human) resource intensive nature of such analysis. Equipment that may require in depth analysis includes but not limited to the following:

· Equipment using new technology;

· Equipment using proventechnology but not in the field currently being considered; and

· Equipment used in currentindustry but not in a similar capacity (ie bigger capacity than similarindustry equipment).

Although the analysis can be undertaken throughout the project, failure mode mitigation/ management is most cost effective during the design phase.