The PDFs below explain basic concepts, principles, definitions and applications of a logical discipline for development of efficient scheduled (preventative) maintenance programs for complex equipment, and the on-going management of such programs. Such programs are called reliability-centered maintenance (RCM) programs because they are centered on achieving the inherent safety and reliability capabilities of equipment at a minimum cost.
Authors F. Stanley Nowlan and Howard F. Heap prepared this document for United Airlines in 1978. According to many maintenance professionals – including Michael Eisenbise, global reliability implementation specialist for BP Downstream and past chairman of SMRP – this document is the bible for maintenance and reliability professionals.
There are four types of tasks in a scheduled maintenance program. Mechanics can be asked to:
These PDFs address how to determine which types of scheduled maintenance tasks, if any, should be applied to an item and how frequently assigned tasks should be accomplished.
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