This post was originally published on October 12, 2016 and updated on December 19, 2018.

When carrying out Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) studies, organizations document and store a great deal of complex data. From your asset register, your performance objectives, and your process functions and success criteria, to your Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA), and risk-mitigation strategies, you need to have an efficient and effective means of recording, storing, accessing and reviewing this critical data so that you can make informed business decisions.

Typically data is stored using a combination of data management tools and methods. For example, spreadsheets and hard copies are often utilized to manage data captured throughout an RCM study. While these methods may provide a quick solution to RCM data management, they will only leave your data spread out in multiple places. Because the data is uncoordinated, it will not only be unorganized and difficult to assemble for analysis, it will also make the data sources difficult to track, and easy to lose—requiring more effort on your part to manage your RCM study.

Alternatively, an RCM software tool ensures that you get the most out of your RCM study. Through clear data organization, a management tool will provide an effective means to managing the data throughout each step of an RCM study. The process of analyzing data and planning effective mitigation tasks will be smooth and streamlined. You will be able to quickly document and review your performance objectives, functions, and criticality analysis to efficiently go through the task-selection process.

Reliabuilder© is a perfect example of an effective RCM management tool. With a full suite of maintenance and reliability program elements linked with best practice topics, Reliabuilder© provides an effective way to document and store RCM data in one centralized location. While the software facilitates PinnacleART’s RCM studies, its focus is to provide certainty that the RCM analysis is properly performed and documented, providing a significant reduction in time and effort needed to document RCM data, while still maintaining the same amount of technical rigor.

Within Reliabuilder©, users can:

  • Build an asset list that mirrors the CMMS hierarchy
  • Manage performance objectives and functions
  • Clearly document the Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA) and define the criticality for each asset
  • Create a customizable risk-ranking module
  • Quickly develop optimum mitigation strategies through custom inputs or by selecting from the intuitive built-in data resources.

Overall, Reliabuilder© documents and organizes data in a way that makes it easy to prioritize and justify maintenance and corrective tasks, which then facilitates solid business decisions. It can also be used as a tool to monitor and maintain a reliability program over time. Schedule a demo to learn more.

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