RCM Reliability Centered Maintenance

Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) is a structured method for reviewing and improving an asset maintenance plan, where the goal is to focus on maintenance of critical equipment.

The RCM process provides insight to all parties involved and can reduce the maintenance cost. However, for RCM to succeed, many man-hours must be invested. Typical RCM projects take 2 to 3 years.


BQR’s apmOptimizer automates many of the RCM tasks, helping to achieve better results, faster.



  • Gain insight regarding your logistics and maintenance policies
  • Automatic optimization of maintenance plan
  • Identify main cost and down-time drivers


Improve asset reliability while reducing maintenance cost!

RCM Decision Tree

Steps for conducting RCM analysis


Import (optional)

  • Import the block tree, components and failure modes from BQR’s FMECA using BQR’s Core Database
  • Alternately, data can be imported from CSV files


User Input

  • Define project data such as: Life-Cycle period and operation profiles
  • Define the reliability model, repair and replace policy for each block
  • Follow the RCM decision tree for each failure mode
  • Define logistics options for the asset including: spare stocks, OEMs, shops, and transportation routes
  • Define costs of inspections, maintenance actions, and downtime
  • Define resources required for each inspection and maintenance task (optional)
  • Define additional scenarios in order to compare cost and availability



  • The software validates the user data. If data is missing, user is notified
  • Software calculates the expected asset behavior and Life-Cycle Cost (LCC). Additionally, identify key failure and cost drivers
  • Compare results of different scenarios



  • Detailed reliability and availability parameters for each block
  • Detailed maintenance and logistics policies
  • RCM decision trees for all failure modes
  • Trade-Off: comparison between scenarios
  • All reports can be saved as Excel, HTML or Word files
Spare parts and maintenance optimization
Informative tree view


  • Flexible asset behavior model
  • Part libraries
  • Import tree from Excel or BQR CARE
  • Fast analytic calculations
  • Search and Sort functions
  • Notify user if project data is incomplete or inconsistent
  • Detailed help and wizard for beginners and advanced users