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Risk Based Inspection (RBI3™)

RBI3™ Makes RCM3™ Even Better

The need for a comprehensive risk management program is critical for any organization. But, for businesses that deeply depend on an effective system to boost productivity and reduce critical risks, it’s even more so.

That’s why we offer the RBI3 methodology as a risk assessment and management tool that addresses an area of asset management not dealt with in other organizational reliability efforts, such as process hazard analyses (PHA), IOWs or Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM).

Our RBI approach is the ideal solution for organizations that manage critical system-wide assets and that require the best in effective asset management using a risk-based approach.

What RBI3 Does

Our RBI3™ methodology is a “zero-base” approach for assisting reliability engineers to manage and address risks related to unanticipated failures of static equipment (e.g. pipes, tanks, valve bodies, pump and compressor housings and pressure vessels). RBI3 is fully integrated with our other risk-based approaches and is designed to work in tandem with methodologies such as Condition Assessment, RCM3™ and RCFA. Our integrated risk-based approach to full life-cycle asset management ensures that all assets are covered and no duplication is done…. Different teams responsible for inspection and maintenance or reliability analysis and improvement often struggle with where their boundaries are – our approach eliminates the guessing and covers all methods for all assets.

Our RBI3 methodology (integrated with RCM3) extends reliability thinking to include risk-based solutions for every asset in an organization. RBI3 places reliability and asset integrity mainstream with an organization’s risk management systems and policies.

Furthermore, our methodologies underpin API 580 and the International Standards for Physical Asset Management (ISO 55000), Risk Management (ISO 31000), Life-cycle costing techniques (ISO 15663: Part 1) and Production-assurance (ISO 20815).

How does RBI3 fit in with RCM3?

Whereas RCM3 helps companies ensure that any physical asset, system or process continues to do whatever its users want it to do, the RBI process is focused on maintaining the mechanical integrity of pressure equipment items and minimizing the risk of loss of containment due to deterioration.

It can free up the RCM3 process to do what it does best – which is focus on the reliability aspects of equipment other than pressure equipment or on pressure equipment where loss of containment (e.g. tray damage and valve reliability) is not an issue.

The RCM3 and RBI3 processes are fully integrated using the same risk definition and functional requirements. The failure modes (cause and mechanism) proactively defined during the RCM3 process become the link between RCM3 and RBI3 processes.

The integration of RCM3 with RBI3 provides the information in one location required to reduce downtime while increasing safety and reliability. The RBI methodology is the perfect complement to RCM3 and provides full coverage for an effective asset management program.

The Benefits of an Aladon Approach:

  • Single integrated solution for all the assets on site.
  • Supporting international standards and regulations.
  • Increased reliability and asset integrity.
  • Improved compliance.
  • Lower risk of critical equipment not being covered by a reliability approach – RCM or RBI.
  • Consistent approach – common language and common set of values.
  • Less time to analyze and assess equipment reliability and integrity.
  • No duplication or omission of critical assets.
  • Improved safety and environmental integrity.
  • Reduced costs of ownership.

Our services include training in the concepts of RBI and application of the methodology as well as comprehensive software solutions available through the Aladon Network. Please contact a Network Member near you for further information.