RELIABILITY CENTERED MAINTENANCE IMPLEMENTATION
Focus on Management, Efficiency and Equipment Reliability
RELIABILITY CENTERED MAINTENANCE
Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) is the process to determine a more effective maintenance approach. The RCM philosophy employs preventive maintenance (PM), predictive maintenance (PdM), real-time monitoring, failure execution (RTF, also called reactive maintenance), and proactive maintenance techniques in a manner integrated to increase the likelihood that a machine or component will function as required during its design life cycle with a minimum of maintenance. The philosophy aims to provide the installation’s indicated function with the required reliability and availability at the lowest cost; RCM requires maintenance decisions based on maintenance requirements supported by a technical and economic justification.
These are some of the benefits you will get with the implementation of the RCM.
The RCM analysis carefully considers the following questions:
1. What does the system or equipment do? What is its function?
2. What functional failures can occur?
3. What are the possible consequences of these functional failures?
4. What can be done to reduce the probability of the failure, identify the onset of the failure or reduce the consequences of the failure?
“RCM should produce the perfect maintenance program – the least possible plant equipment maintenance cost for ensuring low operational risk and high equipment reliability, all of it resulting in optimizing Plant Operation and Maintenance/Key Performance Indicators.”
RCM FAILURE MANAGEMENT PROCESS
Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) is a corporate-level maintenance strategy implemented to optimize the maintenance program of a company or facility. The result of an RCM program is the maintenance strategies that should be implemented on each of the facility's assets. The maintenance strategies are optimized so that the functionality of the plant is maintained using cost-effective maintenance techniques.
The RCM Primary Principles are
The Cement Institute will provide expertise in the implementation of the Reliability Centered Maintenance implementation by:
- Assisting in the preparation of the asset identification
- Assisting in the preparation of the critical asset analysis
- Definition of the strategies
- Maintenance execution strategy
- Maintenance plan
- Defining the functions required by the individual plant and adapting the system functions to meet their specific needs
- RCM training
RCM is needed if:
- The plant experiences unacceptable safety or environmental performance.
- Maintenance costs are higher than expected.
- Plant performance is lower relative compared to comparable business units.
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