RCM: Reliability Centered Maintenance


Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) is an analysis technique that has its origins in the aircraft industry.


RCM increases the availability of the machine by answering the following questions:

  • Which components need to be maintained?
  • What type of maintenance needs to be performed on the components to be maintained? The type of maintenance refers here to: curative maintenance, preventive maintenance, predictive maintenance.
  • Which components need to be kept in stock?

VPE’s approach:

One of the pitfalls of RCM is that everything stops during this analysis. RCM only provides benefits if the RCM results are translated into maintenance tasks.

VPE concentrates on a complete, fully-fledged implementation once the RCM has been carried out. (See the section on drawing up maintenance tasks)