What is Reliability-centered maintenance?
Reliability-centered maintenance is a maintenance strategy that optimizes the maintenance program of a facility. The final result of these types of programs is the implementation of a specific maintenance strategy on each of the assets of the facility. The maintenance strategies are optimized so that the productivity of the plant is maintained using cost-effective maintenance techniques.
An effective reliability-centered maintenance implementation examines the facility as a series of functional systems, each of which has inputs and outputs contributing to the success of the facility. It is the reliability, rather than the functionality, of these systems that are considered. The questions that need to be asked for each asset are:
- What are the functions and desired performance standards of each asset?
- How can each asset fail to fulfill its functions?
- What are the failure modes for each functional failure?
- What causes each of the failure modes?
- What are the consequences of each failure?
- What can and/or should be done to predict or prevent each failure?
- What should be done if a suitable proactive task cannot be determined?
Hit your targets with Reliability Centered Maintenance
Reliability-centered maintenance identifies the functions of the company that are most critical and then seeks to optimize their associated maintenance strategies to minimize system failures and ultimately increase equipment reliability and availability. The most critical assets are those that are likely to fail often or have large consequences of failure.
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