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Is Reliability Centered Maintenance for you?

On December 29, 2018, Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) will have its 40-year anniversary.  The process has stood the test of time and human meddling.  But, RCM is still often misunderstood and misapplied.  There are several misconceptions that need to be debunked.

This presentation will outline exactly what goals can be achieved using RCM.  Additionally, it will debunk the top four misconceptions about RCM.  And it will pose and answer the top four questions about RCM most people don’t know to ask.  

This presentation cuts through all the noise, marketing, and false information about RCM and simply sets the record straight.  The information provided does not describe or endorse any particular “brand” of RCM.  Attendees will leave knowing exactly what RCM is, and what it can and cannot do.

The Antidote for “Implementation Failure” in the World of Asset Management

There’s a lot of focus today (and rightfully so) on developing a “Reliability Culture.” More and more technological advancements promising significant benefits are emerging. But articles written by leading practitioners continue to abound detailing that up to 70% of organizations fail to effectively implement the results of reliability improvement methods. Many reasons for failure are offered. But, if you ask me, there’s one “root cause.”

Anyone who has anything to do with Asset Management, at any level of responsibility should know the answer to about a half dozen questions without hesitation. I’m giving you one minute to answer three of them. No pondering. No Googling. Go!


In complex equipment, roughly what percentage of Failure Modes occur randomly?
What governs how often a Condition Based Maintenance task is performed?
Is it possible to manage random failure? If yes, how?


If you couldn’t answer all of these questions without hesitation, don’t feel badly. You’re not alone.

The answers were quite literally given to us nearly 50 years ago through a tough lesson learned by the commercial airline industry. But for many, the answers remain buried. And therein lies the “root cause” for chronic implementation failure.

I’m convinced that if every team member, from artisans to executives, had this foundational knowledge, implementation efforts would become a whole lot easier and a lot more successful. Why? Because the basic principles of equipment failure and maintenance pervade just about every asset management solution out there. Need better buy-in? More management support? Start with the fundamentals and don’t leave anyone out. When people know better, they do better.

This presentation details how implementation of asset management strategies can be vastly improved by establishing a bedrock of fundamental knowledge across a team before any reliability improvement process is ever initiated. And it will provide the steps on how to do it.

Past Speaking Engagements

IMC 2017, Hyatt Regency Coconut Point
Bonita Springs, Florida, December 11-15, 2017
Monday, December 11, 2017, 2:00 pm

Lessons from a Master:
The Most Valuable RCM, Business, and Life Lessons John Moubray Taught Me

The most influential mentor in my career died on January 15, 2004.  Thirteen years later, John Moubray’s wisdom continues to serve me.  If you have anything to do with Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM), then you know who John Moubray was.  No matter what your perspective is on RCM2, there’s no denying that John was a giant in the RCM world; he was a fierce proponent of the RCM philosophy designed by the original architects, Nowlan and Heap.

He trained his network members to be responsible custodians.  He said it best when he affirmed:  we are here to promulgate the principles we believe to be best practice and in so doing make the world a safer place for all who live in it.

In 1997, by luck (or Providence), I stumbled upon Aladon LLC and the RCM2 process and thus began my journey into RCM.  John Moubray became my mentor.  This presentation summarizes the most important RCM lessons John delivered about the process he described as “majestic.”  John’s wit and wisdom were powerful but they weren’t limited to RCM.

As a keen entrepreneur, his lessons extended beyond RCM.  Therefore, this presentation also features wisdom he imparted about business and life that are just as relevant (if not more relevant) today as they were nearly twenty years ago.  Ever-grateful for the treasure of John Moubray’s philosophy, the presentation ends with the most valuable advice he ever gave me – advice that applies to everyone (and has nothing to do with RCM!).

Nearly two decades later, I finally get it!


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