Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM)
Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) is a structured methodology for determining a maintenance strategy. The RCM process focuses on preventive maintenance of equipment most likely to fail, or where failures have the most severe consequences. RCM is often referred to as a means to establish the safe minimum levels of maintenance. Implementing this methodology may both increase equipment reliability and reduce maintenance costs.
The FMECA is normally used as basis for RCM analyses. Through the RCM process, the criticality, risk and root causes of equipment failures are investigated to identify maintenance tasks (preventive or corrective maintenance).