The RCM Solution

The RCM Solution is a straightforward, no-nonsense presentation of what RCM is and how it can be applied to maximize the productivity and safety of physical assets. It introduces and thoroughly embraces the proven power of RCM’s basic principles and follows a common-sense and practical approach to implementation. A significant portion of this book is […]

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The RCM Solution is a straightforward, no-nonsense presentation of what RCM is and how it can be applied to maximize the productivity and safety of physical assets. It introduces and thoroughly embraces the proven power of RCM’s basic principles and follows a common-sense and practical approach to implementation.

A significant portion of this book is dedicated to SAE JA1011-compliant RCM. Yet, the author also introduces other asset management processes that embody RCM principles when the full rigor of RCM isn’t warranted. The RCM Solution therefore presents a total solution for implementing RCM in any organization.

Features

This book will be an invaluable guide to anyone responsible for physical asset management, at any level of authority, from an organization’s maintenance manager to the organization’s leader.

  • The principles are presented generically and are equally applicable to any industry that has physical assets to care for, such as defense, manufacturing, mining, plastics, and power generation.
  • Besides, instructors teaching reliability engineering at colleges and universities will find this book a useful complement to their primary text.
  • Introduction to Reliability Centered Maintenance

    1
    What is RCM?
    2
    Elements that Influence a System
    3
    The Essence of RCM: Managing the Consequences of Failure
    4
    What RCM Can Yield
    5
    The Evolution of RCM Principles
    6
    The Development of RCM Principles
    7
    Definition of RCM
    8
    Defining Performance in the Context of RCM
    9
    Introduction to the RCM Process
    10
    Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA) and Failure Modes, Effects, and Criticality Analysis (FMECA
    11
    Summary

    A Facilitated Working Group Approach to RCM

    1
    The Team Approach to Accomplishing Objectives
    2
    Elements that Influence a System
    3
    Failure Management Strategies
    4
    Historical Data and the RCM Process
    5
    Effective Working Groups
    6
    Benefits of a Facilitated Working Group Approach
    7
    Summary

    The RCM Operating Context

    1
    What Is an Operating Context?
    2
    When Should an Operating Context Be Drafted?
    3
    What is Included in an Operating Context?
    4
    The Operating Context as a Living Document
    5
    Summary

    Functions

    1
    Why Write Functions?
    2
    Two Types of Functions
    3
    Classifying Functions as Evident or Hidden
    4
    Composing Evident and Hidden Functions
    5
    Information Worksheet
    6
    Primary Functions
    7
    Secondary Functions
    8
    General Equipment Features that Typically Warrant Secondary Functions
    9
    Tips Regarding Functions
    10
    Summary

    Functional Failures

    1
    What Is a Functional Failure?
    2
    Two Types of Functional Failures
    3
    Composing Functional Failures
    4
    Summary

    Failure Modes

    1
    What Is a Failure Mode?
    2
    Failure Modes and the Information Worksheet
    3
    Composing Failure Modes
    4
    What Failure Modes Should Be Included in an RCM Analysis?
    5
    How Detailed Should Failure Modes Be Written?
    6
    Identifying Failure Modes for Each Functional Failure
    7
    Miscellaneous Notes regarding Failure Modes
    8
    Summary

    Failure Effects

    1
    What Is a Failure Effect?
    2
    Failure Effects and the Information Worksheet
    3
    Composing Failure Effects
    4
    Writing Failure Effects for Protective Devices
    5
    Summary

    Failure Consequences

    1
    What Is a Failure Consequence?
    2
    Introduction to the Decision Diagram
    3
    Classifying Failure Modes as Evident or Hidden
    4
    Identifying Failure Consequences
    5
    Safety Consequences
    6
    Environmental Consequences
    7
    Operational Consequences
    8
    Non-Operational Consequences
    9
    Summary

    Proactive Maintenance and Intervals

    1
    Proactive Maintenance in the Context of RCM
    2
    Criteria for Assigning a Proactive Maintenance Task
    3
    Scheduled Restoration and Scheduled Replacement Tasks
    4
    On-Condition Tasks
    5
    Combination of Tasks
    6
    Synchronizing Initial Task Intervals
    7
    Summary

    Default Strategies

    1
    Procedural Checks
    2
    Failure Finding Tasks
    3
    Synchronizing Initial Task Intervals
    4
    No Scheduled Maintenance
    5
    Other Default Strategies
    6
    Important Notes Regarding Default Strategies
    7
    Summary

    Analysis Validation and Implementation

    1
    Frequently Asked Questions About the Validation Process
    2
    Implementing RCM Analysis Results
    3
    Summary

    How to Initiate—and Successfully Sustain—an RCM Program

    1
    The Steps to Initiate an RCM Program
    2
    Sustaining an RCM Program
    3
    Summary

    Frequently Asked Questions and Common Misconceptions about RCM

    1
    RCM FAQs
    2
    Common Misconceptions Regarding the RCM Process

    RCM Is Only Part of the Solution

    1
    Two Fundamental Realities of Asset Management
    2
    The Application of Processes Less Robust than RCM
    3
    The RCM Solution
    4
    Summary

    Appendices

    Steps to Initiate an RCM Program

    Steps to Successfully Complete RCM Pilot Projects

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