Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM)

by Tor Idhammar
Posted 10/2/2006

Reliability Centered maintenance is a step-by-step instructional tool for how to analyze a system’s all failure modes and define how to prevent or find those failures early. RCM becomes a very detailed study of things we already know, often with the justification to “make sure we don’t miss anything.” The problem is that an RCM study tends to require an average of 4-5 people involved a week per system, while a common sense approach with standards would only require one person about 1-2 hours for the same task. IDCON has mentioned in several articles that Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) is an overkill for most plants when trying to improve their preventive maintenance program. Continue reading →