Reliability Centered Maintenance | FAQs

What Is Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM)?

Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) is a strategy for optimizing the maintenance of physical assets such as equipment and machines. It focuses on identifying the most appropriate maintenance tasks to preserve equipment functionality while minimizing the cost and resources used. The benefits of Reliability Centered Maintenance are  preserving equipment functionality in the most cost-effective manner and with the least impact on operations.

How Do You Customize RCM Implementation for Clients?

MST recognizes the unique equipment and processes among our clients, which may necessitate varied Reliability Centered Maintenance training strategies. Through our World Class Maintenance assessment, we pinpoint the most crucial tasks essential for your maintenance team to proficiently maintain your critical assets.

Who Are Your Auditors for Your World Class Maintenance Assessments?

Our auditors are former Plant Engineers and Maintenance Managers with over 25 years of experience, demonstrating proficiency in the necessary skill sets to conduct a Reliability Centered Maintenance analysis. Additionally, they have the mindset that allows them to coach and encourage your team.

How Do I Integrate RCM Into My Current Maintenance Practices?

The first step to our Reliability Centered Maintenance training is understanding your current maintenance process. We will conduct an assessment of your maintenance process, analyzing 12 fundamental components and assessing 250 criteria against established World Class Maintenance Standards. Following this assessment, we will devise an action plan to rectify any identified shortcomings. We will prioritize these items according to their significance, focusing on the most critical tasks for the initial 6-month period. Afterwards, we will address the subsequent set of items within the following 6-month to one-year period.

The next step is to identify your critical assets; critical assets are those whose failure could result in safety hazards, production losses, or significant loss of revenue. Then we would build suitable maintenance strategies for those critical assets based on RCM principles.

What Steps Do I Take After the Audit?

After a Reliability Centered Maintenance audit, MST will ensure seamless integration of all assets into your CMMS, assessing their criticality and selecting suitable maintenance approaches. This would entail options such as No Scheduled Maintenance (otherwise known as Run-To-Failure), Preventive Maintenance (PM) based on time or intervals, or Predictive Maintenance (PdM) which is on-condition monitoring tasks. Subsequently, we will craft tailored PM and PdM protocols for your critical equipment or line. It is important to note that Run-To-Failure is a conscious decision following a thorough evaluation of the risks and costs associated with potential failures.

When you’re ready to see the benefits of Reliability Centered Maintenance, contact us for a free quote.

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