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SHOP OPERATIONS

How fleets can
benefit from RCM
Reliability-centered maintenance goes
beyond preventive maintenance by analyzing
and prioritizing the causes of vehicle
failure, helping fleets identify solutions that
improve uptime while minimizing costs.
By Gregg Wartgow

[ MAINTENANCE MANAGEMENT ]

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44 Fleet Maintenance | October 2019

hile its origins are in the aviation industry, reliability-centered maintenance (RCM) is applicable in virtually any organization tasked with
managing and maintaining vehicles, equipment,
and other assets. With RCM, asset reliability is the
focus. Preventive maintenance plays a big role in
that, but RCM takes things a few steps further.

"RCM is a structured process that identifies
specific problems leading to a decrease in asset
... productivity," says Bryan Christiansen, founder
and CEO of Limble CMMS, a computerized maintenance management software (CMMS) mobile app.
"RCM allows teams to put in place processes that
head off these problems."
John Davis, principal fleet management consultant for Dossier Systems, says the increasingly
devastating impact of downtime is encouraging
more fleets to look into RCM.
"Today's driver shortage is putting even more
pressure on fleets to keep cargo moving," Davis
says. "That comes down to one thing: reliability."
Dossier Systems is a provider of fleet management and maintenance software.
Along with improved uptime, a primary goal of
RCM is reduced operating cost.
"A better-maintained vehicle typically operates
more efficiently and consumes less fuel and oil,"
Christiansen says.
Additionally, RCM helps lower maintenance
and repair costs because preventive-type work is



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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Fleet Maintenance

Uptime: Are all systems secure?
Cover Story: Connecting to the future
Vehicles: Engine trends impacting performance and fuel efficiency
In the Bay: Understanding tire pressure monitoring and management systems
Shop Operations: How fleets can benefit from RCM
Management: Are you a good global citizen?
Economic Outlook: WDTKAWDTKI?
Powertrain: What are fault code action plans, and how can they help improve the vehicle diagnostic process?
Braking & Collision Avoidance: How will electric vehicles impact commercial truck braking systems?
Fleet Parts & Components
Tools & Equipment
Classifieds
Guest Editorial: Differences servicing air disc brakes versus drum brakes
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Fleet Maintenance - Management: Are you a good global citizen?
Fleet Maintenance - Economic Outlook: WDTKAWDTKI?
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Fleet Maintenance - Braking & Collision Avoidance: How will electric vehicles impact commercial truck braking systems?
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