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Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) delivers a set of reliability-based, proactive tasks, focused on sustaining the desired functionality of systems and equipment. Having an RCM approach directly facilitates scheduling and planning tasks so that a clear, concise priority can be assigned to proactive maintenance and corrective tasks. It also identifies cost benefits for allowing low-risk equipment to “run-to-failure” due to the low economic, safety and/ or environmental impact. This process yields a maintenance program with the lowest base (proactive and reactive) cost.

There are seven main steps to performing a RCM analysis.

  1. Develop operational objectives
  2. Identify functions
  3. Identify functional failures
  4. Determine failure modes & effects
  5. Identify equipment and systems with poor reliability history
  6. Develop task recommendations
  7. Identify “reliability issues” and one-time improvement opportunities

Click here to read a case study on having an RCM approach: Increasing Profitability Through a Comprehensive Risk-Based Reliability Improvement Project

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