Implementing a Reliability Centered Maintenance Program at NASA's Kennedy Space Center
EG AND G FLORIDA COCOA
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Maintenance practices have long focused on time based preventive maintenance techniques. Components were changed out and parts replaced based on how long they had been in place instead of what condition they were in. A reliability centered maintenance RCM program seeks to offer equal or greater reliability at decreased cost by insuring only applicable, effective maintenance is performed and by in large part replacing time based maintenance with condition based maintenance. A significant portion of this program involved introducing non-intrusive technologies, such as vibration analysis, oil analysis and IR cameras, to an existing labor force and management team.
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