Modern Scientific Maintenance Methods

Reliability centred maintenance: Reliability centred maintenance (RCM) is defined as ―a process used to determine the maintenance requirements of any physical asset in its operating context‖.


  1. Can be the most efficient maintenance program.
  2. Lower costs by eliminating unnecessary maintenance or overhauls.
  3. Minimize frequency of overhauls.
  4. Reduced probability of sudden equipment failures.
  5. Able to focus maintenance activities on critical components.
  6. Increased component reliability.
  7. Incorporates root cause analysis.


  1. Can have significant start-up cost, training, equipment, etc.
  2. Savings potential not readily seen by management.
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