The RCM methodology is used to develop or optimize the asset maintenance program of a company or facility. The final outcome of an RCM program is the implementation of a strategy to help companies ensure that any physical asset, system or process continues to do whatever its users want it to do in its present Operating Context. Increasing equipment reliability is key and can result in any number of positive outcomes; namely, reduced downtime, improved safety, increased productivity, and reduced overall maintenance costs.
Four principles guide an effective RCM program:
The RCM process identifies the functions of the assets that are most vital and then seeks to maximize maintenance strategies so that system failures are kept at a minimum and equipment reliability is increased. It entails asking seven questions about the asset or system under review:
The RCM process provides powerful rules for deciding whether any failure management policy is technically appropriate and worth doing. It also provides precise criteria for deciding how often routine tasks should be done.
One of the features of RCM2™ that distinguishes it from other interpretations of the RCM philosophy is the cross-functional groups of users and maintainers that perform the analyses. After training, these analysis teams apply the process to their assets to produce the most cost-effective asset reliability programs.
Aladon’s RCM-based Training and Advisory Services are offered exclusively through our world-class global community of reliability professionals. For firms looking for an integrative ERM approach, that means enhanced insight system-wide of the asset lifecycle, plus an unmatched understanding of how maintenance and operations work together for greater integration. Building operational integrity is easier than ever through our Network training and services…we show you how: