How To Benefit From Reliability-Centered Maintenance

RCM yields several advantages, from decreasing maintenance expenses to minimizing downtime and increasing staff satisfaction

By Dan Hounsell, Senior Editor, Facility Market
August 16, 2021

Traditionally, healthcare organizations have used manufacturer recommendations or some form of preventive or scheduled maintenance based on regulatory or equipment needs to maintain their equipment. The challenge for managers is that these approaches do not address a system’s need to be managed for minimum failure as opposed to the failure of a system’s components.

One potential strategy is reliability-centered maintenance (RCM), according to Health Facilities Management. The organizational-level strategy can enhance the maintenance program by following four key principles: preserve system function; identify failure modes that can impact system function; prioritize the failure modes; and choose suitable and effective tasks to control the failure modes.

With RCM, after determining the organization’s most critical assets and functions, one can optimize cost-effective maintenance approaches to improve functional reliability and availability of equipment while also decreasing system failures. That can result in saving more time and money otherwise spent on maintenance and repairs that other methodologies incur, including preventive maintenance and reactive maintenance.

RCM yields several advantages, from identifying potential hidden faults or failures and decreasing maintenance expenses to minimizing downtime and increasing staff satisfaction. Perhaps RCM’s biggest plus is the development of measurable outcomes that reduce risk and drive improved efficiencies in system operation and team performance.




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