No Fault Found events in maintenance engineering Part 1: Current trends, implications and organizational practices

Samir Khan, P. Phillips, I. Jennions, C. Hockley

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Abstract

This paper presents the first part of a state of the art review on the No Fault Found (NFF) phenomenon. The aim has been to compile a systematic reference point for burgeoning NFF literature, and to provide a comprehensive overview for gaining an understanding of NFF knowledge and concepts. Increasing systems complexities have seen a rise in the number of unknown failures that are being reported during operational service. Units tagged as ‘NFF’ are evidence that a serviceable component was removed, and attempts to troubleshoot the root cause have been unsuccessful. There are many reasons on how these failures manifest themselves and these papers describe the prominent issues that have persisted across a variety of industrial applications and processes for decades. This article, in particular, deals with the impact of NFF from an organizational culture and human factors point of view. It also highlights recent developments in NFF standards, its financial implications and safety concerns. Publisher statement: NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Reliability Engineering & System Safety. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Reliability Engineering & System Safety [Vol 123, (2014)]. DOI: 10.1016/j.ress.2013.11.003. © 2015, Elsevier. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)183–195
JournalReliability Engineering & System Safety
Volume123
Early online date18 Nov 2013
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2014

Bibliographical note

This research was partially supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Ministry of Defence, BAE Systems, Bombardier Transportation and Rolls Royce. Coventry author Dr Khan was working at Cranfield university at the time the research was carried out.
NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Reliability Engineering & System Safety. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Reliability Engineering & System Safety [Vol 123, (2014)]. DOI: 10.1016/j.ress.2013.11.003.
© 2015, Elsevier. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/.

Keywords

  • No fault found
  • Maintenance procedures
  • Human factors
  • Safety
  • Cost

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