RCM TODAY DOES NOT RESEMBLE
RCM can be a powerful reliability tool but unfortunately,
it has morphed and transformed into what it has unjustly become today.... that being a complex process that
is difficult to implement, and very costly to undertake. That is NOT how RCM was intended
to be. As a result, I have re-introduced the basic grassroots fundamental concepts of the RCM process in the manner it was
always intended to be by its founders Nowlan and Heap, so that RCM can reach a new plateau of understanding by the average
layperson, thusly making the entire process less daunting, more straightforward, and simpler.
Virtually all of my clients
were previously intimately familiar with RCM, and in fact, had tried various RCM versions... none of which were successful.
They ranged from the ultra simplistic streamlined versions to the ultra complex, obfuscated, and complicated versions.
The really simple versions were insufficiently robust to make any reasonable improvement to their preventive maintenance
program. The complex, overly complicated versions could not be readily implemented.
Every single client I
have worked with has had extremely successful results in improving their asset reliability, plant safety, cost effectiveness,
and PM program stature. I would gladly provide references from any one of my numerous clients (they are noted in this
website) who will attest to their successful RCM experience.
IT'S WEEKS NOT YEARS!
While most of today's renditions
of RCM are measured in the number of years it takes to complete the process... with my training seminar, the time to complete
a COMPREHENSIVE RCM ANALYSIS FOR ALL COMPONENTS IN A PLANT OR FACILITY SHOULD NOT EXCEED SIX TO EIGHT WEEKS AT
MYTHS ABOUT RCM
Some of the greatest
myths about RCM are as follows:
... RCM should not be attempted by
... RCM requires a specialized facilitator regimen.
... RCM is a very difficult process to implement.
... RCM is by definition an expensive process.
RCM can only be accomplished by experts.
Obviously, all of these
above myths, like all myths, are untrue.
WHAT IS A PLANT OR FACILITY ?
In my book, a plant and a facility are synonymous.
They are the entities for which you should maintain a preventive
maintenance program. They include any entity or asset where it is unacceptable to incur an unplanned shutdown, a loss of production or generation capability, a regulatory violation, environmental hazards, or any safety hazards such as fires,explosions, or personnel injuries.
In essence, it is any entity or asset that
manufactures a product or produces an output where it is unacceptable to incur unplanned interruptions of the operation
or worse yet an unwanted
A LITTLE BACKGROUND ON RCM
RCM has been around for over 40 years but
its success rate today in all industries other than commercial aviation, is still only 5 to 10%. In other words, its
failure rate in every other type of industry is over 90%! Why? What causes this? The original RCM methodology
was the product of Stanley Nowlan and Howard Heap both of whom worked for United Airlines. They developed RCM for commercial
aviation. For the past 35 years, hundreds, if not thousands of people have tried to force-feed Nowlan and Heap's airline
treatise into every other type of industrial plant or facility.
Guess what? It DOESN'T WORK. It doesn't work for other industries
without some very precise modification. All of the fundamentals are there but there are also subtle differences between
commercial aviation and all other types of industries. Nowlan and Heap, as written for the airlines, IS NOT 100% transferable
or compatible with any other industry.
An analogy would be like a medical research facility that believes
they have developed a cure for cancer. They have successfully used the wonder drug to cure cancer cells in mice. However,
when they tried it on humans, it failed miserably. No doubt some very precise modifications need to take place for that
drug to work on entities other than mice. There will be very incrementally small modifications that are needed to make
the drug successful on humans. I am talking about very small changes that make all the difference in the world.
Trying to force-feed
Nowlan and Heap into any industry other than commercial aviation is like the difference between night and day. For example,
suppose you have a bolt that is only "1 millimeter" larger in diameter than the bushing it must fit into. It
is only 1 little, tiny millimeter larger. Guess what?
IT WON'T FIT! IT'S VERY CLOSE TO FITTING BUT IT WON'T FIT.
This is exactly
why RCM today has over a 90% failure rate! The very small incremental differences with the idiosyncrasies of commercial
aviation are why it won't fit into every other type of industry. It's like trying to fit a square peg into a round hole...
it won't work without some minor adjustments.
How do I know this? It is only because of a stroke of good
fortune that I spent almost 2 decades working with MSG Logic and then RCM in commercial aviation. I am quite familiar
and well informed as to what Nowlan and Heap established for the commercial airline industry. I was then fortunate enough
to extend my career into commercial nuclear power. I know precisely why Nowlan and Heap could not be exactly replicated
into nuclear power or any other type of industry except for commercial aviation for which it was originally written.
all of the "experts" thought that to simply force-feed and replicate the application of Nowlan and Heap's commercial
aviation RCM into every other industrial application would be a piece of cake. It almost is a piece of cake except for
some very surgically precise modifications that need to be made to get that "1 millimeter" oversized bolt into the
I know what those differences are and I have identified those incremental differences between Nowlan and
Heap's commercial aviation RCM and RCM for all other industries. I have surgically modified the process accordingly.
Every single client of mine (refer to my list of clients) has been able to successfully understand and implement the
process into his or her own specific plant or facility.
The folks I have trained in my 3-day Seminar/Workshops number in
the tens of hundreds and consist of Corporate Vice Presidents and Directors, System and Design Engineers, Planners, Operational
Managers, Reliability Specialists, and Maintenance Vice Presidents, Directors, and Managers. Also, perhaps most imprtant
of all, attendees included the Craftsmen, Technicians, Instrument & Control Techs, and Plant Operators.
Over 80% of
the attendees were familiar with RCM and had previously tried to implement the "standard" RCM methods based on Nowlan
and Heap that have been around for 40+ years. Almost all of these folks attested that they failed miserably in those
I spend considerable time in my Seminar/Workshop with actual hands-on exercises to demonstrate
exactly why Nowlan Heap "can't and won't work" for their plant or facility. However, I also show them how
to incorporate those same fundamentals, using my methodology, so that RCM can be totally applicable and readily implementable
into their own plant or facility.
I call this process "MODERN DAY RCM."
The entire goal of my training is to keep it simple. I am fully acknowledged about
the sordid past history of RCM. In fact, the true history of RCM outside the commercial aviation industry has left nothing
but a "trail of a bunch of worthless analyses" that sits on shelves at companies all over the world. Why do
you think the actual failure rate for implementing RCM is over 90%! In the course of my presentations at national and
international conferences, I hear the same frustrated chorus of responses from the attendees...... "We tried RCM but
it became a costly nightmare and we scrapped it". "We know there is some good to be gained there somewhere
but we have yet to find it.
Implementing a comprehensive RCM program should not be measured in the number
of years it will take but rather in the number of months or perhaps weeks it will take to implement the process for your entire
There are a lot of lessons that I learned in over 45 years of working with and developing RCM and preventive
maintenance programs. Remember, I am teaching what Nowlan and Heap "INTENDED". I AM TEACHING WHAT RCM
WAS INTENDED TO BE. What I have done is to take the culmination of years of experience with RCM and present it in a
simple to understand, easy to implement, straight-forward application. I am extremely familiar with all of the reasons
that attempts at developing a World-Class RCM-Based Preventive Maintenance Program have been elusive and have fallen short
of expectations. I have changed that. I know how simple RCM should be and could be. One of my greatest disappointments
has been to see how complicated and obfuscated RCM has become. That is even why the title of my book is "RCM
- Implementation Made Simple".
A FEW TESTIMONIALS
As you mention in your book.... "This could be the RCM Breakthrough you are looking for." For me it
Director, Quality and Performance of First America Corporation who maintain all the Greyhound
busses and Laidlaw School busses
* Not only do I have a better understanding of RCM, but also I now
have an excellent case to present to our Senior Management Team to implement your Modern Day RCM at all 14 of our mining locations.
Manager, Graymount Mining Corporation of Canada
* We attempted
to implement RCM many times before but were never successful until we implemented Neil Bloom's Modern Day RCM Methodology.
Plant Engineer, Minnesota Soybean Processors
* I thought
our RCM Program was a +6 or a +7, but after your Modern Day RCM Seminar/Workshop, I came to realize that we are a -4. I
learned how to make our existing non-functioning RCM program finally become functional.
Systems Engineer, Aerospace Industry
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