Rcm Plans

Written by Nicholas Kamuda
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One of the strengths of RCM is that the maintenance techniques used and RCM plans developed are customized for every asset in question. Maintenance plans for businesses are generally designed to be comprehensive, providing management techniques for all of the physical assets involved. RCM plans are no different, but they are designed to treat every asset or type of asset individually to allow for maximum results with minimum resources.

For an average piece of industrial equipment, an RCM analysis may bring thousands of possible failure modes to light. In general, these failure modes all fall into one of six possible failure models. By identifying the failure model and the consequences of the failure mode on different aspects of the business, a successful RCM plan can be developed.

Developing RCM Plans and Strategies

There are companies that offer RCM consultation services. Many modern maintenance training programs, however, are designed to give companies the capabilities to develop their own RCM plans. They include extensive training for both users and asset managers, and some training for senior executives as well.

The reason the training in RCM must reach all the way to the senior levels is that RCM is as much a maintenance philosophy as a maintenance practice. One of the central ideas behind RCM is that proper maintenance techniques for an asset are just as important as maintaining the right aspects of an asset. For this to happen effectively, senior level executives must be aware of the special needs of RCM plans and plan development.

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