Rcm Technology

Written by Nicholas Kamuda
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There have been many advances in RCM technology over the last 20 years. It is important that RCM practices continue to evolve so that they can keep abreast of the rapidly changing face of modern manufacturing. As physical assets and systems of assets become more and more complex, maintenance practices and RCM technology must also improve, becoming more effective, more cost efficient, and more cohesive.

RCM technology grew out of a study that was conducted in1970 by a cooperative technical team. The major U.S. airlines worked with the FAA and the aircraft manufacturers to revise maintenance practices, making them more practical for the increasing complexity of the physical assets--namely, of aircraft and air fleets. These groups, called Maintenance Steering Groups, developed a report that addressed failures in terms of their consequences, and that addresses maintenance in terms of functions.

A few years later, the findings were collected in a report made to the U.S. Government titled "Reliability Centered Maintenance." This report made advancements on the findings of the MSGs, and formed the basis for what is known outside of the airline industry as RCM. Since then, RCM technology has improved and RCM practice has spread to many industrial and business disciplines.

Notable Advances in RCM Technology

Recent advancements in RCM technology are catalyzed by the increasing use of computerized components and sensory devices, allowing condition monitoring devices and decision support tools to become commonplace. Other advancements are made purely in the realm of RCM-based thinking and RCM theory, which has seen advancements in cooperative processes and flexibility. RCM technology continues to improve every day.

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