Interview with Former President of OMDEC Inc. on the future of Reliability Centred Maintenance (RCM)


For the past 25 years, Ben Stevens has been developing and delivering successful Maintenance and Reliability training programs around the world. As President of DataTrak Systems Inc, he is focused exclusively on training and consulting to the maintenance and reliability businesses. From 1995 to 2002, as part of PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Centre of Excellence in Physical Asset Management, Ben was a key part of a team of professionals developing and delivering advanced techniques of maintenance and reliability. From 2003 to 2011, he was President of OMDEC Inc – a Canadian company in the forefront of reliability and maintenance innovation.

Ben is well known throughout the maintenance world, having delivered over 100 training programs over the past few years, chaired and participated in many conferences and written dozens of articles for books, magazines and websites. Prior to this, his 20 years in industry included Vice President positions responsible for Finance and Administration in several prominent manufacturing companies; he therefore combines a unique blend of Maintenance and Finance. These techniques were extended and blended into his training programs in a way that are highly practical, understandable and fun for the attendees.

His recent work includes projects in Japanese and Saudi Arabian steel companies, US and Indonesian power generation, Canadian water utilities, South American mines, Facilities Management in Bahrain, Kuwaiti construction, Qatari petrochemical and many others.

About Reliability Centred Maintenance (RCM)

Reliability Centred Maintenance, or RCM, emphasises the use of predictive maintenance (PdM) techniques in addition to traditional preventive measures. When properly implemented, RCM provides companies with a tool for achieving lowest asset Net Present Costs (NPC) for a given level of performance and risk.

What is RCM?

RCM is a process to ensure that assets continue to do what their users require in their present operating context.

Why RCM is important?

Many significant advances in equipment reliability analysis in recent years have been based on RCM. How RCM fits with equipment reliability, other maintenance improvement tools and the CMMS/EAM’s that we all rely on to deliver these improvements is critical. Many firms struggle with the implementation of RCM, so equally important is to identify the conditions that need to be in place before embarking on an RCM program.

What are the benefits of RCM?

If applied correctly, RCM will yields to many benefits such as safety, performance, quality, cost effectiveness, life cycle cost, equipment life, maintenance data, reliability, scheduling and efficiency.

What are the benefits of attending the RCM course by Infocus International?

You will gain a solid understanding of what RCM is and how it can be effectively extended to the best maintenance tactics in the end of the course.

Besides that, you will learn that RCM has pitfalls and is not for everyone. The conditions for success will be examined and compared to your work environment. Techniques for avoiding the pitfalls will be examined so as to improve the chances of success in the implementation.

In particular, you will learn the criteria for the effective implementation of maintenance tactics plus when and why not to use the wrong tactics.

Finally, you will also learn that RCM is not a stand-alone tool. To be really effective, RCM needs to be blended with other well-known maintenance tools, such as Condition Monitoring, EAM and CMMS systems. Simple and effective techniques for these integrations will be explored and demonstrated during the course.

Who needs RCM?

Professionals such as maintenance, preventive maintenance, operations & production, plant, process and facilities, reliability, engineering etc. from heavy industries such as oil and gas, mining and minerals, chemical and petrochemical, power plant, water & waste treatment etc.

What is the expertise of Infocus International?

We have been developing and delivering successful Maintenance and Reliability training programs around the world, focusing exclusively on training and consulting to the maintenance and reliability businesses.

Besides that, our world re-owned trainers have delivered over 100 training programs over the past few years, chaired and participated in many conferences and written dozens of articles for books, magazines and websites.

About Infocus International

Infocus International is a global business intelligence provider of strategic information and professional services for diverse business communities, designed to provide insights and assists our clients on the global stage.

Infocus International recognises the clients’ needs and responds with innovative and result oriented programs. All products are founded on high value content in diverse subject areas, and the highest level of quality is ensured through intensive, accurate and in-depth market research from local and international insights.

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