Myth busting 17: For spares, follow the manufacturer’s recommendations
Many maintainers will default to the manufacturers’ maintenance for maintenance actions and for spare parts lists. Heavy use or almost no use in a standby mode,it makes no difference. This is why Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) begins with a definition of operating context.
This one is a HUGE MYTH. Maintenance costs are a direct result of what you do and what you do produces capacity for service delivery or production (depending on your business). Cost is a consequence of your actions, available cash (in a budget) does NOT determine what you will spend
Myth Busting 20: We must follow manufacturer’s recommended maintenance
Manufacturers always publish recommended maintenance for their products. There are a few myths about this maintenance – one is that it will result in reliable operation of the equipment. In some cases it does, but in most, it does not.
Anyone working in spare parts management, storerooms, procurement for Maintenance supplies and parts, knows that part numbers change even if the item doesn’t. OEMs will change numbering in a bid to thwart the aftermarket pirates
A common mis-perception about RCM is that it requires a lot of data. Indeed, if you have good data you will likely make better, more informed, statistically based, decisions. But if you don’t have good statistical data, is that a reason to hold back on starting your RCM initiative?
Myth Busting 24: Basing your reliability program on Root Cause Analysis
Root Cause Analysis (RCA) is great for eliminating the causes of chronic failures. RCM is used to forecast failures that could occur in the future. RCM allows you to be proactive and avoid the failures BEFORE you suffer the consequences.
Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) is method for determining the most appropriate failure and consequence management strategies for your plant. Indeed, Engineering knowledge is beneficial when performing RCM analyses, but if you don’t have engineers, you can still do it
Myth busting 26: I’ve read the book, now I’m an expert
You’ve read the book(s) – that’s great. You’ve learned something new, but you are not yet competent with only the book learning. Counting on that for success with your initiative is risky. The book is a reference to be used in conjunction with proper training. The training qualifies you to participate in analyses or other initiatives.