What Stonehenge can teach us about achieving our equipment Reliability goals…

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Hi Everyone. I’m in Wiltshire, England at Stonehenge and it’s reminding me about Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM).

Stonehenge was built around 3,000 BC and, still to this day, we don’t really know what its Function was. But today, it’s a very popular tourist attraction.

We can relate to this when it comes to our equipment because a lot of us have equipment that’s been in service for 20, 30, 40 plus years. When we first bought and commissioned that equipment, we bought it to do a certain thing. And as time goes on, our requirements for our equipment can change.

When you do Reliability Centered Maintenance, the first step is identifying Functions and that’s when we identify specifically what we need it to do. In other words, we define the kind of Reliability that we need from our equipment.

Then, that allows us to figure out what would cause us not to get that kind of Reliability, so then we can figure out what we want to do to manage it – maybe Proactive Maintenance or maybe some other Default Strategies like changing an Operating Procedure.

So, there you have it. Just like Stonehenge, when it was first built, it was built for a particular reason. And now, it’s a tourist attraction. So, stop and think about your own equipment. Are you expecting it to do something now that you didn’t need it to do then? And, is it even capable of doing that?

With Reliability Centered Maintenance, you can identify exactly what you need from your equipment. So, then you can figure out what you have to do to make sure you keep getting it.

I’m Nancy Regan. Thank you for watching.

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Nancy Regan

I started RCMTrainingOnline.com to help organizations gain an understanding of maintenance and reliability basics. After all, the basics pervade just about every asset management solution out there ~ and they’re embedded in Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM).


  1. Badil Elhady on September 19, 2019 at 11:54 am

    Well said!

    Thank you very much Nancy.

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