The Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) Trap

by Christer Idhammar

This column is likely to create a lot of reactions from the academia of reliability and maintenance management, and all comments are welcome.

USING RCM WISELY. Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) has its place, but many times plants jump into training programs and attempt to implement Reliability Centered Maintenance long before they are ready for it. The academia of maintenance management still argue about the definition of RCM. Some even say that if it is not done exactly the way they prescribe, then it is not RCM. So what? The whole idea is that you want to achieve more cost-effective reliability through the implementation of better operations and maintenance practices. Continue reading →