Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) is a zero-based, comprehensive process used to identify failure management strategies required to ensure an asset meets its mission requirements in its operational environment and does so in the safest and most cost effective manner.
Products of an RCM analysis include:
Scheduled reworks and replacements
Operational checklist items
Changes/additions to: operating procedures,technical publications, and training programs
RCM is a powerful tool for new or existing assets from conception through deployment and sustainment.
Benefits of RCM:
Improves worker and environmental safety
Decreases unwanted downtime
Improves equipment performance
Makes efficient use of resources
Provides an audit trail for decisions
Lowers Total Ownership Cost
RCM for Aerospace (RCMA™)
Reliability Centered Maintenance for Aerospace (RCMA™) is a comprehensive process intended to be applied to aerospace vehicles not only to derive technically appropriate proactive maintenance but also to identify what action must be taken to ensure safe flight and successful missions by focusing on the failure process. RCMA™ embodies all of the basic principles contained in Reliability-Centered Maintenance written by Stanley Nowlan and Howard Heap published in 1978. Additionally, RCMA™ is augmented to account for issues that do not fall within the realm of traditional RCM task definition. Products of an RCMA™ analysis can include: proactive maintenance (on-condition tasks, scheduled reworks, and scheduled replacements), checklist items (Preflight and Daily Inspections), area inspections, changes/additions to operating procedures, technical publications, and/or training programs, engineering redesigns to the equipment, and/or any other changes/additions that may be required to manage the consequences of failure. RCMA™ is a zero-based process designed to comply fully with SAE-JA1011, Evaluation Criteria for Reliability-Centered Maintenance Processes. It is intended to be used in a facilitated group environment with the RCMA™ working group made up of multidisciplinary equipment experts. The result is a logical process used to determine what technically appropriate proactive maintenance and/or other actions must be assigned to manage the consequences of failure and to do so, utilizes a combination of technical data and operational experience.
RCM for Defense (RCMD™)
RCMD™ and the RCMD Adapter™
The Force possesses unique expertise and capability in training and educational services for Reliability Centered Maintenance in a Defense environment and has customized the RCM process for its application in a DoD environment. RCMD™’s advancements include an augmentation to the RCM Decision Diagram – an addition to the decision logic that assists in the development of certain tasks (such as pre-op inspections) that are not accounted for under traditional RCM task definition. The RCMD™ Adapter is software that is customized to support RCMD™ analyses.