Marius Basson, Aladon Network releases RCM3 textbook
WILMINGTON, NC–––In response to changing requirements, the international standards for physical asset management and advances in technology, The Aladon Network is launching the next generation reliability centered maintenance, RCM3, with the release of its new textbook on January 10: RCM3: Risk-Based Reliability Centered Maintenance by Marius Basson. The textbook, published by Industrial Press Inc., is the essential guide for any business or organization with a need to learn more about the risk and reliability associated with operating and maintaining physical assets. The book further provides an overview of the RCM3 process and its benefits, how to apply it and how to build a sustainable reliability program.
Reliability Centered Maintenance is a very specific methodology used to determine how to maintain physical assets, that was developed in civil aviation. Aladon’s founder, John Moubray, author and president of Aladon LLC, who was a mentor to Basson, was one of the pioneers in advancing RCM into other industries and made a profound impact with his development of RCM2 TM. The Aladon RCM2 methodology is widely recognized as the gold standard for RCM processes and became the foundation for the SAE JA1011 Standard. The RCM2 book covered the challenges of the Third-generation Maintenance, but the world of maintenance continues to change. Industry 4.0 brings new challenges, and together with the International Standards for Risk and Physical Asset Management (ISO 31000 and ISO 55000), Fourth-generation Maintenance requires a new approach and new thinking. “RCM3 is not only more advanced and aligned with the international standards for physical asset management and risk management, but it also allows users to fully understand and quantify the risks associated with owning and operating assets,” says Basson.
Aladon sold more than 100,000 RCM2 textbooks, known as the “Blue Book,” and Basson expects the RCM3 methodology will prove to be just as popular. Basson mentioned how difficult it was to improve on the very popular RCM2 and although RCM3 is faster to implement, more up to date and aligns with international standards, RCM2 remains applicable and relevant today. He does predict, however, that as more users recognize the importance of aligning with international standards, the value and relevance of RCM3 will become more apparent.
RCM3 is a result of more than 10 years of rigorous development and testing in partnership with Aladon Network member Theuns Koekemoer, who developed the first version of risk-based RCM, an updated version of RCM2 that addresses today’s industrial realities. Koekemoer and Basson began deploying RCM3 with clients in 2015 to continue to hone the methodology in practice before finalizing it in a textbook and accompanying software. “Once RCM3 was 100 percent proven to work and was robust and defensible, I decided to write the book,” says Basson.