Is There A Better Way To Do Things?


It’s clear that regular maintenance is vital to help ensure the productivity, longevity and reliability of equipment, particularly in sectors like manufacturing, aerospace and automotive, where reliability is critical and downtime can be costly.

Organisations rightly place great emphasis on the frequency and diligence of maintenance, but without the correct strategy, they could be left paying more than they need on planned maintenance activities.  So how can they ensure the effectiveness of their maintenance strategy without paying unnecessary costs?

Reliability Centred Maintenance

The solution lies in a comprehensive analysis of failure modes, areas for improvement and much more called Reliability Centred Maintenance (RCM), which can achieve cost savings, enable more informed decisions and improve spares handling.

With an experienced team and a wealth of sector expertise, Bureau Veritas works in partnership with clients to plan and deliver a comprehensive RCM study. We apply a failure mode and effects analysis approach (FMEA) to identify possible failure modes and establish key areas for improvement through a complex risk matrix approach. In most cases it is possible to claim back the cost of an RCM study in maintenance cost savings over a relatively short period of time.

What are the benefits?

Arguably the biggest benefit of RCM is significant cost savings on planned maintenance. Typical savings will pay back the cost of RCM study in a relatively short period of time - in fact, Bureau Veritas has already helped one global aerospace client to achieve annual cost savings of £60,000 on planned maintenance, which meant the cost of undertaking RCM was paid back within four months, including client involvement in workshops.

For this particular client, large maintenance costs for ageing equipment was impacting production, with more frequent breakdowns and unplanned downtime. Obsolescence of parts was also an issue, and our solution helped to identify failure modes, revise maintenance schedules and develop enhanced monitoring systems.

Aside from the cost savings, a successful RCM study can also enable informed decisions on maintenance, help develop a business case for improvement options, improve spares handling and enhance understanding of machines and impacts of failures between operations and engineering teams.

Mark Rogers, Principal Safety and Risk Consultant for Bureau Veritas said: “Clearly maintenance is critical for any organisation which uses work equipment, but we have shown the cost savings that can be achieved by optimising your maintenance strategy.

“RCM is about identifying the right information and understanding your equipment so that you can tailor your maintenance programme accordingly and drive efficiencies to achieve cost savings. It’s a relatively quick, simple and low-cost process that can deliver huge savings for some businesses. And with the added confidence of a global leader like Bureau Veritas supporting you all the way, it’s a no-brainer for most manufacturing businesses.”

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For more information about RCM from Bureau Veritas, including details of how it works, click here or email

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