What is Reliability Centered Maintenance?
Does the age of equipment increase the probability of failure?
That was the conventional wisdom until Nowlan & Heap discovered that components have six different types of failure patterns:
- Bathtub – 4%
- Wear Out – 2%
- Fatigue Related – 5%
- Rapid Increase to Random – 7%
- Random Level of Failure – 14%
- Infant mortality – 68%
This means only 11% of failures are age related… 89% are not age related – so why do PM Programs still rely on time-based maintenance (Replacements, Overhauls) they only address 11% of failures.
So how can you determine what maintenance needs to be done to preserve the integrity of the equipment? You would use Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM). RCM consists of 7 questions;
- What are the functions and associated performance standards of the asset in its present operating context?
- In what ways does it fail to fulfill its functions?
- What causes each functional failure?
- What happens when each failure occurs?
- In what way does each failure matter?
- What can be done to predict or prevent each failure?
- What should be done if a suitable proactive task cannot be found?
There are a few variants of RCM which are designed to provide the benefits of RCM, without all of the resources.
RCM is a time-consuming activity, but the benefits to the organization can be substantial and sustainable.
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