Reliability-Centered Maintenance (RCM) Handbook

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Section 2―Fundamentals of Maintenance Engineering (ME)

This section briefly explains nine fundamental maintenance concepts that govern the development, implementation, execution, and continuous improvement of ship maintenance programs. These are core principles of RCM. These nine fundamental concepts are:
• Failures happen.
• Not all failures have the same probability
• Not all failures have the same consequences
• Simple components wear out, complex systems break down
• Good maintenance provides required functionality for lowest practicable cost
• Maintenance can only achieve inherent design reliability
• Hidden functions require special treatment
• Unnecessary maintenance takes resources away from necessary maintenance
• Good maintenance programs undergo continuous improvement.

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This handbook provides Navy maintenance practitioners a reference document for applying the principles of Reliability-Centered Maintenance (RCM) to the evaluation of both new and well-established ship planned maintenance system (PMS) preventive maintenance requirements. It is intended as a supplement to the Naval Sea Systems Command Reliability Centered Maintenance-based certification program for those who develop, modify, review and authorize Planned Maintenance System tasks for Navy ships, systems, and equipment. The handbook introduces basic principles of maintenance and illustrates how these principles establish rules for good maintenance tasks. It describes how these rules are used to develop maintenance requirements and associated documentation for new systems and equipment as well as to evaluate and improve the quality and effectiveness of well-established maintenance programs.

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