Rcm Software

Written by Nicholas Kamuda
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Many businesses that use RCM techniques for designing and implementing maintenance programs rely on RCM software for information processing. RCM software tools allow businesses to handle the thousands of individual concerns that make up maintenance management. By taking the findings of the maintenance teams and placing them into a cohesive format, they can insure a level of operational consistency that stays abreast of the rapidly changing physical asset management field.

During the RCM investigative process, teams identify both the desired functions of physical assets as wells as what the risks are if those functions should fail to be performed. The risks that they must identify include risks to all aspects of the business, such as environmental risks, safety risks, cost, and risks to customer opinion and customer service. By identifying these risks, the asset management teams can begin to place them in a criticality hierarchy that is based on the seriousness consequence of the risk.

How RCM Software Can Help

RCM software aids this organizational process. By providing a database structure and form structures for RFCAs and FMEAs (Root Cause Failure Analyses and Failure Modes and Effects Analyses), the software allows asset management and maintenance teams to not only construct the criticality hierarchy, but also to clearly see the effects of failures on other assets. Since the effects of many failed states may be direct causes of other asset failures, it is important to have detailed knowledge of the relationships between the numerous assets involved.

RCM software is available from many modern maintenance and RCM training companies. Some companies offer training packages that include both software toolkits as well as on-site consultation. By working with all users and managers involved with the assets, RCM trainers and consultants aid to building the unified spirit that is central to RCM.


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