Reliability Centered Maintenance

SKU: RVI-11515Duration: 20 Minutes

Do you know the difference between preventative maintenance and predictive maintenance? There are different maintenance requirements for each asset. For example, some components fail consistently at a certain age, while others can be used indefinitely if properly maintained. Reliability-centered maintenance (RCM) involves establishing and maintaining an asset-specific maintenance plan to ensure that all equipment functions as designed, with good reliability and availability, and at the lowest possible cost. In this interactive online course, we will describe the principles of reliability-centered maintenance, differentiate between the different modes of maintenance, and describe analysis methods used in developing effective maintenance plans.

Course Details


Training Time: 20 minutes

Compatibility: Desktop, Tablet, Phone

Based on: Industry Standards and Best Practices

Languages: English

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the principles of reliability-centered maintenance
  • Differentiate between run-to-failure, preventive, predictive, and condition-based maintenance
  • Describe analysis methods used in developing effective preventive and predictive maintenance plans

Key Questions

The following key questions are answered in this module:

Why is it important to implement reliability-centered maintenance?
Reliability-centered maintenance involves establishing cost-effective maintenance strategies for each asset to keep them functioning as designed. This is accomplished by identifying the failure modes, or the ways each asset can fail, and finding effective maintenance tasks to prevent or control the most critical failure modes.

What are the maintenance strategies that a reliability-centered maintenance program will include?
An RCM program will include run-to-failure, preventive, predictive, and condition-based maintenance techniques.

What are some examples of predictive maintenance?
Some common examples of predictive maintenance methods include oil analysis, infrared thermography, and vibration analysis. These monitoring techniques can be time-consuming and require trained personnel, but the benefits of a well-run predictive maintenance program should outweigh the costs.

What questions should you ask when performing a Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FME)?
When performing an FMEA, ask the following questions: What can go wrong? What are the causes? What are the effects?

What's included in a criticality analysis ranking?
A criticality analysis ranking includes: failure rate of the equipment, likelihood of the failure being detected before it occurs, and severity of the effect of the failure.

Sample Video Transcript

Below is a transcript of the video sample provided for this module:

Reliability-centered maintenance helps identify maintenance strategies for your typical failure modes. However, it is really only putting a band aid on the problem. There may be chronic failures that you want to eliminate instead of just treating the symptoms. For example, through condition-based monitoring, you may be preventing breakdowns by identifying bad bearings before they completely fail, but what if the frequency of bad bearings is unacceptable? Situations like this require Root Cause Analysis, which is a process of identifying sources of variation to determine the key sources causing a problem. In this case, you would want to use root cause analysis to determine why so many bearings are failing. There are many different root cause analysis methods, but they all include the following basic problem-solving steps: 1. Define the problem 2. Analyze the problem 3. Identify the root cause Implement and sustain corrective actions that will prevent reoccurrence of the problem Regardless of the methods used, the goal of any root cause analysis is to find out what happened, how it happened, and most importantly, why it happened. Any determinations of root cause should be based on evidence, not opinion or speculation.
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