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Reliability centred maintenance (RCM) is a maintenance strategy that is implemented to optimise the maintenance program of the company assets. The result of an RCM program is the implementation of a specific maintenance strategy on each of the assets of the facility. These maintenance strategies are optimised so the productivity of the plant is maintained using cost-effective maintenance techniques.

reliability centered maintenance

An effective reliability centered maintenance implementation examines the facility as a series of functional systems, each of which has inputs and outputs contributing to the success of the facility. It is the reliability, rather than the functionality, of these systems that are considered.

The four sections that are critical for an RCM program are;

Reference SAE JA1011 (“A Guide to the Reliability-Centered Maintenance (RCM) Standard”) – Aug 2011.

We work from first base of the ‘Asset Tag’ and build on each step above, with all records stored in our MatrixPlus application, thus integration with your CMMS build.

Using Equipment Classes and Sub-classes we can define each function, failure mode and proactively assign the recommended tasks, if it becomes a requirement.

Need the ‘Work Instructions’ written – we deal with that too!

The seven steps of RCM:

  1. What are the functions and desired performance standards of each asset?
  2. How can each asset fail to fulfill it’s functions?
  3. What are the failure modes for each functional failure?
  4. What causes each of the failure modes?
  5. What are the consequences of each failure?
  6. What can and/or should be done to predict or prevent each failure?
  7. What should be done if a suitable proactive task cannot be determined?