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Combining Reliability-Centered Maintenance with Planning Methodology and Applications in Hard Chrome Plating Plants

B. Suthep, Tadpon Kullawong



This article explains the application of the Reliability-Centered Maintenance (RCM) approach to developing maintenance planning in Hard Chrome Plating plants. The key to the RCM purpose is an effectual maintenance planning of
plant components inherent in their reliability value. Also, this research aims to reduce
machine downtime maintenance that stems from
machine breakdown and to select preventive maintenance activities based on the
engineering reliability for the machine parts. The first step of the research
involves setting
a priority for critical parts of the Hard Chrome Plating machine.
After that, we analyze the damage and risk level data by using Failure Mode and
Effects Analysis (FMEA) for calculating a suitable reliability parameter. The
final step is to select the preventive maintenance task. As a result of this
research, the failure rate of the plant can be reduced 9.22% and the machine
availability rate of the plant is increased to 80.34% accordingly. Following this theme, a maintenance plan for the plant is
conducted with
respect to this RCM concept. Application of the RCM approach revealed that the key time between plant equipment
failures and the likelihood of abrupt equipment failures are reduced.

Keywords: FMEA; Maintenance Planning; RCM

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