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Reliability centered maintenance (RCM) was developed by the commercial aviation industry to improve the reliability, safety, and cost effectiveness of its operations. The RCM process is based on a common-sense procedure with a decision diagram for creating maintenance strategies to protect assets’ functions. Classic RCM analysis provides its practitioners with a clear understanding of asset functionality, its criticality, and the consequences of its possible failures. It also helps in identifying the maintenance tactic that should be employed to tackle each relevant functional failure root cause. RCM could be considered a form of suggest replacing with root cause failure analysis before the fact and can be applied to an asset even at the design stage. Many companies devote significant time and effort to qualitative RCM analysis, leading them to design a comprehensive maintenance program for their maintainable assets.

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