8.2.2 Failure Review
For the acquisition of certain critical (extremely expensive and
complex) systems and equipments, a separate Failure Review Board (FRB) may
sometimes be established specifically to oversee the effective functioning of
the FRACAS. The Failure Review Board activity is reliability management. A
closed loop FRACAS with an FRB is illustrated in Figure 8.2-3.
The purpose of the Failure Review Board is to provide increased
management visibility and control of the FRACAS. Its intent is to improve
reliability and maintainability of hardware and associated software by the
timely and disciplined utilization of failure and maintenance data. The FRB
consists of a group of representatives from appropriate organizations with
sufficient level of responsibility to ensure that failure causes are
identified with enough detail to generate and implement effective corrective
actions which are intended to prevent failure recurrence and to simplify or
reduce the maintenance tasks.
The FRB usually consists of higher level management personnel
who possess the authority to set priorities, establish schedules, assign
specific responsibility and authorize adequate funding to insure the
implementation of any necessary changes when dealing with complex and
difficult problems. The acquiring activity usually reserves the right to
appoint a representative to the FRB as an observer.