RCM Methodology: Developing a preventive maintenance program involves following various processes. You need to understand the objectives of the processes and gain experience with applying them.

Assignment 1: MRA Process and its design Context This will allow you to determine how to approach a specific requirement for the review or development of a maintenance program.   Key Questions

  1. What are the processes that can be employed in developing a logical approach to preventive maintenance program development for a particular situation?
  2. What are the most effective ways to define system behaviour so that the failuremodes worth considering can be identified?
  3. What logic should be applied to arrive at an effective and efficient preventive maintenance program?
  Associated subject learning outcomes The subject learning outcomes that are relevant to this assignment include:  
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the available theory in the area of maintenance requirements
  2. Apply appropriate theory to the problem of maintenance requirements
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of basic reliability theory and
  1. Explain the uses, and the limitations of use, of simple reliability modelling techniques in making decisions on maintenance
  1. Design appropriate methods for performing maintenance requirements analysis on specific equipment given a specific
  1. Audit the analysis of others to determine the adequacy of the
  Relevant topics   Topic 1 – Preventive Maintenance and MRA Overview Topic 2 – System Definition Topic 3 – Determining relevant failure modes and their characteristics Topic 4 – Task Determination Decision Logic     Tasks As a team of 3, 2 or individually conduct the following tasks:
  • Smith in Chapter 5 of “RCM Methodology” (E-reading) outlines a seven step process to determine a baseline definition of the preferred PM tasks for asystem.
Provide a dot point summary describing the main features of Smith’s methodology for the first four of his process steps, i.e.:
  1. System selection and information collection
  2. System boundary definition
  3. System description and functional block diagram
  4. System functions and functional
These steps are described in Sections 5.2 to 5.5 inclusive. (Your answer should be 650 – 800 words long)                                                                                                                                                      (50 Marks)    
  • Identify a critical asset or a set of assets/a system from an organization in any industry that you are working with or familiar If you do not have work experience, you can search for a critical asset and have enough industrial information, journal articles or reports on its asset management aspects to be familiar with.
  1. Provide a description of the asset/system.
  1. Establish a diagram illustrating where the asset fits into the overall hardware system and make simplified schematic diagram of the asset/system that defines the all its structure, subsystems/components and
  2. Prepare a functional block diagram of the system in the format shown by Smith, 1993, “Reliability-Centered Maintenance,” Fig 5.8 (E-reading and also Slide 23 in Topic 2 Notes)
(20 marks)
  1. List the system functions and functional (15 Marks)
  • A key part of the RCM methodology has been the use of a decision diagram that guides the selection of a task to address a specific failure A number of these decision diagrams have been reproduced in the lecture notes for Topic 4.
    1. What benefits do you see in using a decision diagram to aid in task selection? What would you include in such a diagram and why? (15 Marks)

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