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 virtually 100% success in implementing my RCM-Implementation Made Simple (RCM-IMS) to improve
their asset reliability, plant safety, cost effectiveness, and PM program optimization. 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. My
RCM program addresses verbatim, ALL 7 steps (questions) in SAE Document JA1011. Additionally, my RCM-IMS
is perhaps the most successful path for achieving ISO55000 compliance.
IT'S WEEKS NOT YEARS!
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 MOST! Please read one of my success stories on my "CONTACT" page.
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.
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 bushing.
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
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 previous attempts.
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.
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 facility.
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".
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