Reliability Centered Maintenance: Unraveling the Mysteries

Reliability Centered Maintenance: Unraveling the Mysteries


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John Moubray’s 1997 book, Reliability-Centered Maintenance, outlined a comprehensive collection of the core principles and tenets of reliability centered maintenance (RCM). Originally developed in the 1970s, RCM has since been adopted by major industries, including the United States military and the aviation industry. Nevertheless, while Moubray’s book provides an excellent academic description of topics associated with RCM, there are a number of important questions and topics that have been left unaddressed in print.

In Reliability-Centered Maintenance: Unraveling the Mysteries, author James Gehris offers a diligent and comprehensive expansion and companion that provides questions beyond the traditional RCM questions and definitions. With over thirty years of experience as a U.S. Marine Corps maintenance officer using RCM concepts and approaches, Gehris provides a road map to help ensure that any RCM analyses are properly conducted and comply with the SAE JA1011 standard for RCM.

Complete with a proven process and additional questions, this companion book to Moubray’s original work expands on the strategies, science and tools necessary to become a successful RCM facilitator or practitioner, and it further discusses ways RCM can be applied to both physical and non-physical assets.


1 - The 7 Questions and a Bit of History
2 - Operating Context
3 - Functions
4 - Functional Failures
5 - Failure Modes
6 - Failure Effects
7 - Failure Consequences
8 - Proactive Tasks
9 - Default Actions
10 - Risk Priority Number
11 - RCM Audits
12 - Facilitated Group Versus the Solo Analyst
13 - RCM Training: Ingraining the Science
14 - The Finale
Appendix 1 - The Facilitator’s Bible
Appendix 2 - Failure Modes and Design Maturity
Appendix 3 - Attributes of an RCM Facilitator
Appendix 4 - Decision Diagram
About the Author