Can You Really Justify Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM)?
Christer Idhammar, Founder of IDCON Inc.
My last column published in the September issue of Solutions Magazine generated much feed back. I expected to hear critique from devoted “RCM Purists”, but received nothing but comments of agreement from readers.
Solution Magazine’s poll October 19, 2005 also confirms that very few organizations, if any, uses complete RCM analysis. Less than 7% answered that they use RCM regularly and 56% answered that they tried it but do not use it anymore. (October 31, 2005)
Below are written responses from three readers:
“Good article and I agree fully. RCM has its place in things like aircraft design. One large industrial plant put thousands of man-hours into it and claimed great results, but a visit to their plant showed that their calculations of benefits was based on assumptions, not hard numbers and they would not allow entry to the plant to talk to their craftspeople. I also think they started from a low point and good PM/ECCM would have achieved the same results.