Rcd

Written by Nicholas Kamuda
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As RCM2 is for existing assets, Reliability centered design or RCD is for the design of new physical assets. During the RCD process designers of physical assets analyze their equipment thoroughly before committing to manufacturing. By focusing on issues such as the quality of the manufacturing, maintainability, safety and the environment at the design stage RCD ensures that Life Cycle Costs are minimized while asset functionality is maximized. RCD is finding many applications in industries where cost effective life cycle management is a consideration.

Applying RCD Strategy

RCD can be applied to any human endeavor. RCD addresses the questions of risks, failure mode reductions, maintainability and consequence management before committing to design drawings. The outputs of RCD are inputs to the RCM2 analysis and substantially reduce the amount of time it takes to carry out the failure management strategy formulation. The combination of RCM2 and RCD provide an audit trail of the decision making process used in the development and execution of physical asset management. Any changes to either the design or the operation of the asset can be quickly revised to ensure that failure management policies are the most cost effective in the light of all aspects of the asset and human endeavor.

During the RCM2 process, physical asset managers focus on what is required to ensure that physical assets continue to produce at the desired standards. In many cases people feel they need RCD whereas in fact they can use RCM. RCM does not need the asset to exist, it is possible to analyze an asset that just consists of drawings - it just needs a design to exist. RCD is used to decide what the design will be and to evaluate different design options in situations where there is no design.


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