Putting the reliability back into reliability centered maintenanceTM
ReliaSoft's RCM++ facilitates the Reliability Centered Maintenance
(RCM) analysis approach for creating effective scheduled
The software includes configurable capabilities for Equipment
Selection, Failure Effect Categorization and Maintenance Task
Selection. RCM++ also provides simulations that can be used to
compare maintenance strategies based on cost and availability,
and a calculator to estimate the optimum replacement interval.
In Version 8, the software has been completely re-engineered
and integrated into the powerful new Synthesis Platform.
RCM AnAlysis, DAtA MAnAgeMent AnD RepoRting
RCM++ provides predefined profiles for the major RCM reporting standards
(such as ATA MSG-3 and SAE JA1011/1012) and offers extensive opportunities
to configure the interface and print-ready reports to meet your specific needs.
The software's flexibility allows you to implement either a "streamlined" or Languages
"rigorous" RCM approach, or a combination of both. RCM++ also provides English, French, German,
full-featured capabilities for FMEAs and related analyses. Portuguese, Spanish and
Multi-User Access and Intelligent Integration
RCM++ analyses are stored in a centralized database that supports
The Synthesis Platform,
simultaneous access by multiple users and shares relevant information
between Synthesis-enabled software tools. This enables you to build and
manage a valuable, keyword-searchable knowledge base of product reliability BlockSim and Xfmea.
information and lessons learned that can be shared throughout your
organization. For enterprise-level data repositories, both Microsoft SQL Server®
and Oracle® are supported. Free technical support and free
minor version updates. Extensive
resources in print and online.
Easy to Find and Reuse Existing Analysis Data or Phrases
RCM++ provides an array of tools to help you find and reuse descriptions from
any existing analysis and to select phrases from predefined templates or phrase libraries. You also can use fully
customizable Microsoft Excel® templates to quickly import system configurations and/or analysis data from external
Supports RCM Decision Logic Diagrams
RCM++ supports two configurable methods for determining which equipment will be analyzed with RCM
techniques: Selection Questions (yes/no) and Criticality Factors (rating scales). The software also supports the Failure
Effect Categorization (FEC) and Maintenance Task Selection logic charts from the major industry RCM standards and
provides the ability to customize the questions and categories to meet specific application needs.
Compare Maintenance Strategies and Determine the Optimum Replacement Interval
When it comes to comparing maintenance strategies based on cost and availability or selecting the optimum
replacement interval, RCM++ goes far beyond calculations based on MTBFs and the assumption of a constant failure
rate. The software puts the "reliability" back into "reliability centered maintenance" by allowing you to choose from
a variety of statistical distributions to describe the equipment's failure behavior and then apply built-in simulation
and calculation engines to obtain useful metrics that will inform the decisions you need to make.
Flexible Reports, Queries, Charts and Diagrams
RCM++ provides a complete set of print-ready reports, flexible ad-hoc queries, charts and diagrams that allow you
to present analysis information in the most effective ways to support decision-making.
Why Upgrade to Version 8? (for details, visit http://RCM.ReliaSoft.com/version8.htm)
Integration into the Synthesis Platform®, which allows multiple users throughout the organization to share
analysis information between Weibull++®, ALTA®, BlockSim®, Xfmea® and RCM++®.
A new DFR Planner utility that helps you track progress on Design for Reliability activities.
A new Failure Modes and Reliability Analysis (FMRA) that uses information from your RCMs (or FMEAs) as a
starting point for other system reliability analyses (such as calculating the system's baseline reliability or using
simulation to estimate maintenance costs and availability). 1
The option to enter and display causes before effects in RCM analyses.
integRAtion to eMpoweR the ReliAbility oRgAnizAtion
With the release of Version 8, RCM++ has been integrated into the ground-breaking new Synthesis Platform,
which offers practitioners the best of both worlds: analysis tools that are optimized to fully meet the individual
user's needs for a particular set of analysis methods, plus integration into a centralized repository that is shared
by users throughout the organization and facilitates integration between analysis tools.
Intelligent Integration Through the New Synthesis Platform — New in Version 8!
The Synthesis Platform offers a unique solution to the challenge of integrating reliability information without
sacrificing the power and flexibility of each individual analysis method. Your interaction with each application
will be similar to your experience with previous versions — a full-featured tool that has been expertly designed
to meet your needs for all aspects of the analysis
methodology. And from the overall reliability program
perspective, multiple users will now have the ability to
share resources between applications and analyses.
Specifically for RCM++, Synthesis gives you the ability to:
Use resources that were created in Weibull++, ALTA
or BlockSim to define the reliability/maintenance
characteristics in your RCM++ analysis.
Synchronize system configuration and failure mode
data from your RCM++ analysis with reliability block
diagrams or fault trees in BlockSim. This allows you
to obtain a more realistic system model and perform
more complex analyses to explore system reliability,
maintainability, throughput, life cycle costs, etc.
Centralized Data Storage and Flexible Permissions — Enhanced in Version 8!
RCM++ continues to offer centralized data storage that allows multiple users to work cooperatively on analysis
projects. A special "enterprise" license/installation is no longer necessary — in Version 8, all users can choose
which type of database will provide the back-end data storage for any given repository:
A Standard Repository is easy to create and maintain without any special IT infrastructure or support,
but there are limitations to the amount of data it can store and the number of simultaneous users.
An Enterprise Repository requires implementation of Microsoft SQL Server® or Oracle®, but it is a more
robust platform that can store much more analysis information in the same database and supports access
by many more simultaneous users. (Licensing, support and maintenance for SQL Server®/Oracle® are not
included with Synthesis.)
When using login security, you will be able to determine which capabilities are available to each individual user.
Choose basic predefined security groups or customize the access permissions to meet specific needs.
Messages and Action Tracking — Enhanced in Version 8!
One of the many benefits of having multiple users working from the same centralized data repository is the
opportunity to use a common interface for posting messages and tracking completion of assigned actions.
The Synthesis repository can be configured to enable e-mail notifications that serve to alert members of the
team when relevant messages or actions are created or updated. You also have the option to send actions to
your calendar in Microsoft Outlook®.
Updated User Interface with Internet Connectivity — New in Version 8!
2 All Synthesis applications offer a completely updated user interface with an "Office 2010" look and feel, and
many usability enhancements. Whenever possible, the new interface takes advantage of an active Internet
connection to deliver the most up-to-date announcements, documentation, theoretical resources and examples.
pRepARing foR the AnAlysis
Extensive Configuration Options
RCM++ provides predefined profiles that make it easy to configure the analysis workspace to fit the major RCM
and FMEA reporting standards (such as ATA MSG-3 and SAE JA1011/1012 for RCM and SAE J1739, AIAG and
MIL-STD-1629A for FMEA). In addition, the software offers flexible capabilities to customize any of the sample
profiles or create your own settings to meet the specific needs of your organization. Some of the configuration
options include the ability to:
Define the data fields you want to capture and display, including your own user-defined text, date and
number fields or customized drop-down lists.
Set the classifications, categories and other built-in drop-down lists throughout the software.
Define the logic and rating scales that will be used for RCM equipment selection, failure effect
categorization, maintenance task selection and FMEA risk priority numbers.
Support for Large, Multi-Level System Configurations
RCM++’s flexible System Hierarchy interface allows you to manage large, multi-level system configurations with
as many levels as you need (and any number of items per level). You can fully define the properties for each
item (e.g., supplier, part number, reliability characteristics) and you can perform RCM and related analyses at any
level within the configuration. To save time, you can automatically import system configuration data from an
external Bill of Materials data file.
The Analysis Plan utility keeps track of team members, ground rules and assumptions, scheduled work sessions
and other details that will help you plan and manage your analysis projects. RCM++ provides a high-level
overview of all pending analysis projects and also makes it easy to generate reports for individual project plans.
Boundary Diagrams (FMEA Block Diagrams)
Diagrams can help to define the scope of a particular analysis project and also may provide additional
information that will be useful to the analysis team when they attempt to identify potential failure modes. If you
don't have existing diagram files that you wish to attach to the project, RCM++ allows you to build these
diagrams and store them together with your RCM and FMEA analyses.
Linked or Attached Files
You can use the links and attachments feature to keep related
information from external data files together with the rest of the
analysis (such as flowcharts, design drawings and procedure
Import from Existing Analyses or Templates
RCM++ provides two flexible interfaces for finding
and importing information from existing analyses or
predefined templates. One utility allows you to
browse through the data and choose the items or
analysis records that you want to import. A second
utility allows you to search for the records you want
For example, this tool can provide a list of items 3
where the part name contains "Battery" AND the
supplier name contains "Acme" OR "XYZ, Inc."
full suppoRt foR RCM AnAlysis
In order to focus resources where they can provide the
greatest benefit, RCM++'s Risk Discovery Analysis feature
provides a choice of two configurable methods to determine
which equipment will be analyzed with RCM techniques.
One method prompts you to answer a series of yes/no
questions, while the other allows you to assign ratings for a
variety of different factors and calculate an overall criticality
value for each item.
Three Complementary Views of the Functional Failure Analysis
The Analysis panel makes it easy to switch back and forth between three complementary views of the functional
failure analysis information so you can choose the display that is best suited for your current activity.
The FMEA Hierarchy displays a lot of information in a compact
space. Now in Version 8, you can choose to display and enter causes
before effects, if desired.
The Worksheet View allows you to type directly in the worksheet
cells and tab through the analysis as you would in a spreadsheet
application such as Microsoft Excel®.
The Filtered View allows you to generate sortable lists of records of a
particular type. For example, you may wish to see maintenance task
records sorted by type, assigned interval, duration or cost.
Failure Effect Categorization and Maintenance Task Selection
RCM++ supports the failure effect categorization (FEC) and maintenance task selection logic charts in the major
industry RCM standards. You also have the option to customize the questions, categories and task types to fit
your own specific analysis procedures.
These configurable logic diagrams can help guide the analysis
team to discuss the consequences of potential failure modes and
consider the maintenance strategy that will be the most
applicable and effective.
Task Packaging — Enhanced in Version 8!
RCM++ makes it easy to group individual tasks into packages
based on factors such as time (scheduled interval), task type and
areas in the system where tasks are performed. You can manually
assign a task to the appropriate maintenance package or allow
the software to automatically group tasks based on criteria you
specify. Greatly expanded and enhanced in Version 8, this tool
4 now makes it easier to experiment with different intervals and provides a
graphical chart to help you visualize the packages that are under consideration.
ReliAbility CAlCulAtions AnD siMulAtions
Failure Modes and Reliability Analysis (FMRA) — New in Version 8!
You can use the new failure modes and reliability analysis (FMRA) feature to integrate statistical reliability
analysis calculations into your RCM and FMEA activities. Specifically, this view can be used to:
Display all of the FMEA records that could have an impact on
system reliability/maintainability in a single hierarchical tree,
and use this view to define the relevant reliability
Calculate the probabilities of failure required for a
quantitative criticality analysis.
Use the occurrence ratings that have been defined in the
FMEA to generate a preliminary baseline reliability estimate
for the system that can be improved later when actual failure
data becomes available.
Synchronize with BlockSim’s reliability block diagrams (RBDs) or fault
trees, which facilitate more realistic system modeling (e.g., by
considering redundancy, common cause failures, etc.).
Comparing Maintenance Strategies Based on Cost and Availability — Enhanced in Version 8!
Even when you choose to use the predefined decision logic diagrams employed by traditional RCM methods,
those guidelines still require the analysis team to utilize their knowledge of the equipment's failure behavior
when making decisions about the appropriate maintenance strategy. RCM++ provides built-in simulation and
calculation engines to help with these assessments.
Choose from a Variety of Statistical Distributions to Describe the Failure Behavior
When you use an MTBF or failure rate to describe the equipment's failure behavior, you are assuming that
failures occur at a constant rate regardless of the age of the equipment (i.e., an exponential distribution). Other
statistical distributions are more appropriate for situations where the failure behavior varies with time, as in the
case of infant mortality or wearout. RCM++ allows you to more accurately describe the probability of failure and
provides integration with ReliaSoft's Weibull++, ALTA and BlockSim to obtain the failure time distribution and
parameters from an existing data analysis or RBD/fault tree. The software also provides the Quick Parameter
Estimator (QPE) utility to help you estimate the distribution parameters based on limited information.
Comparing Maintenance Strategies Based on Cost and Availability
When a failure mode does not involve hazardous consequences that require a conservative prevention strategy,
the analysis team may wish to choose the maintenance approach that will provide adequate availability with the
lowest operational costs. RCM++ makes it possible to simulate the operation of the equipment with different
potential maintenance strategies in order to estimate the expected failures for each scenario and calculate the
Average Availability, Cost per Uptime and Total Operating Cost.
Calculate the Optimum Replacement Interval — Enhanced in Version 8!
Preventive replacement may be be worthwhile if the reliability gets
worse with time and the cost of the planned preventive replacement
is less than the cost of unplanned corrective maintenance.
When both of these requirements are met, RCM++ provides a utility
to automatically calculate the optimum replacement interval that will
minimize corrective and preventive maintenance costs. In Version 8, 5
the new utility allows you to calculate the optimum time for an
individual item, or to calculate a time that will be optimum for a
specified group of items.
integRAteD suppoRt foR fMeAs AnD RelAteD AnAlyses
RCM++ provides a complete set of features for FMEA and related analyses, which can be used independently or
integrated with any RCM analysis. For example, you may wish to use RCM for some equipment and FMEA for
other equipment, depending on the assessed criticality. Alternatively, you may wish to incorporate the Risk
Priority Number (RPN) method as an additional risk assessment tool in some of your RCM analyses.
Risk Priority Numbers or Criticality Analysis
Risk Priority Numbers (RPNs) are calculated automatically based
on your selections from fully configurable rating scales. RCM++
also supports related metrics, including SxO (Severity x
Occurrence), SOD (Severity, Occurrence, Detection) and SD
The Priority Highlights feature allows you to highlight issues in
the interface and report/query output based on specified criteria
(e.g., high priority = red, medium priority = yellow or
low priority = green).
RCM++ continues to provide support for both quantitative and
qualitative Criticality Analysis patterned after MIL-STD-1629A.
Tracking the Completion of Recommended Actions
One of the most costly mistakes among FMEA practitioners is the failure to properly follow up and track the
completion of recommended actions. RCM++ provides multiple features to make sure that your organization
implements necessary improvements to reduce the risk in the product/process design. This includes targeted
reports, charts and the ability to send automated notifications via e-mail.
Change Log and Electronic Approval Tracking — Enhanced in Version 8!
When an authorized user activates the change log for a particular RCM or FMEA analysis, the software will
record a history of the specific changes made in each tracked revision. In addition to the date/time and details
of the change, the software can be configured to prompt users to record an explanation for each modification.
If desired, this utility also can store an electronic record of the users who have reviewed and approved each
tracked version of the analysis. Now in Version 8, the change log feature is also available for DVP&R analyses
(Design Verification Plans & Reports).
Design for Reliability (DFR) Planner — New in Version 8!
Version 8 provides a new tool that helps you to track and manage the stages
in the DFR plan for a particular system, assembly or component. This
configurable planning tool allows you to define the major and subsidiary
gates within the process, and it also allows you to assign
actions and track them in the same way that you can for
recommended actions identified during an FMEA.
Support for Related Analyses
RCM++ also provides configurable utilities for:
Design Verification Plans and Reports (DVP&Rs)
Process Flow Diagrams (PFDs)
6 Process Control Plans (PCPs)
Design Reviews Based on Failure Mode (DRBFMs)
DAtA MAnAgeMent AnD RepoRting tools
RCM++'s flexible data management capabilities can save time on data entry, help to ensure consistency among
analyses and even provide brainstorming tools that will improve the quality of your RCM analyses. Flexible
reporting features go beyond basic worksheets to provide a complete range of options for presenting the data
in ways that will effectively communicate results and facilitate decision-making.
User-Friendly Editing Tools
RCM++ makes it easier than ever to enter and manage your analysis
data. You have the option to multi-select records directly within the
hierarchical tree views and to drag and drop records to desired
locations. The software also offers a paste special command that
allows you to paste records with or without their dependents.
In addition to text fields, the flexible find and replace utility also
works for number fields, date fields and even drop-down lists. The
spell checker highlights spelling mistakes while you are typing and
offers customizable spelling dictionaries for all supported languages.
Select Existing "Pick Lists" for All Description Fields
For any text field, RCM++ provides easy access to a list of existing descriptions from specified data sources. Each
list can be sorted or filtered to fit your specific needs. For example, the utility can provide a list of failure modes
that contain the word "fatigue" or a list of maintenance tasks in a phrase set distributed to all analysts.
Import/Export via Microsoft Excel®
The Templates Manager feature makes it easier than ever to import a system configuration or functional failure
analysis from an external data file. You can create and manage your own customized Excel® templates to fit the
exact configurations of your existing files.
Configurable Queries and Print-Ready Reports
Use the Templates Manager to manage predefined and customized
templates that can be made available to all database users, applied to
any data set and incorporated into any print-ready report document.
The Query window is a powerful analysis tool that makes it easy to
find and open specific sections of the analysis. It is also a flexible
custom reporting tool that allows you to create and manage saved
queries that meet your particular presentation requirements.
The Reports window makes it easy to build report documents that
include the predefined report forms, custom report forms and/or
custom queries that will be most effective to present your
analysis results. Since you can generate these documents directly
in Microsoft Word® or Excel®, it is easy to customize and
distribute reports without a specialized report editor or viewer.
Graphical Charts and Relationship Diagrams
RCM++'s Plot Viewer provides an array of flexible options to
create attractive bar charts, pie charts and matrix charts based
on the analysis data. The software also generates
Cause and Effect Diagrams and Failure Relationship 7
Diagrams to help you visualize the relationships between issues
in your analyses.
fRequently AskeD questions
How can I determine if RCM++ is the right tool for me?
We invite you to try this product and compare it with any comparable package on the
market. Download a free demo from our website at http://Download.ReliaSoft.com.
What are the minimum system requirements?
Both 32-bit and 64-bit versions are available. The supported operating systems are
Windows XP (32-bit, SP 3 or higher), Vista (SP 1 or higher) and Windows 7. If you
choose to use an enterprise data repository, Microsoft SQL Server® and Oracle® are
supported (including the "Express" editions of both). For details, see
What languages are supported?
The interface is currently available in English, German, French and Portuguese (with Spanish and Simplified
Chinese planned to be added soon). For details and to see if support for additional languages has been added in
our most recent release, see http://www.ReliaSoft.com/multi-language.htm.
Is the Synthesis Platform a separate product to buy and install?
No. The platform is integrated directly into each product (Synthesis Element). It is automatically installed and
configured during the installation process.
Is there a different process for single-user, multi-user or enterprise deployments?
No. All Synthesis Elements are designed to adapt automatically to single-user, multi-user and/or enterprise
configurations based on what type of repository you are connected to. Each application can be used as an
enterprise version when connected to a Microsoft SQL Server® or Oracle® database, or act as a single-user or
simple multi-user version when connected to a standard repository.
What type of technical support is available?
ReliaSoft's products are renowned for their ease of use and unparalleled after-sale support. In addition to free
updates, we provide free technical support for all standard shrink-wrap software via phone, fax or e-mail through
an established (and growing) network of regional offices and partners/distributors throughout the world.
What resources are available to help me master the software?
RCM++ offers complete and detailed online help files, a quick start guide with step-by-step examples and a
multitude of example files designed to get you up and running the minute the application is installed. In addition,
ReliaSoft's training seminars provide instruction in reliability engineering principles and theory as well as the
ReliaSoft software tools designed to put that theory into practice. For details, see http://Seminars.ReliaSoft.com.
How do I order the software and when will it arrive?
Single-user, network and unlimited user licenses are available. To order single-user licenses, use our web store at
http://Store.ReliaSoft.com or our print-ready order form, or simply contact the ReliaSoft office nearest you. For
information about competitively priced multi-product suites, see http://www.ReliaSoft.com/order/suites.htm.
Generally, orders received by your local office before 2 p.m. are processed on the same business day. You have
the option to download the product from the website or to have a disk and printed materials shipped to you via
an express courier (2nd Day or International service). If requested, and depending on your location, domestic
orders can be shipped with Overnight service for delivery by the next business day.
Software toolS, education and conSulting to empower the reliability profeSSional
ReliaSoft Corporation is the global leader in reliability engineering software, training and services that combine the
latest theoretical advances with essential tools for the practitioner in the field. We are dedicated to meeting the
reliability, quality and maintenance planning needs of product manufacturers and equipment operators worldwide.
Acclaimed for their ease of use, analytical power and unparalleled technical support, ReliaSoft's
software tools facilitate a comprehensive set of reliability-related analysis techniques. The new
Synthesis Platform® facilitates intelligent integration between analysis tools.
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Accelerated life testing data analysis FMEA/FMECA and related analyses
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coverage of the underlying principles and theory as well as the applicable software tools. The
complete course list and calendar of upcoming public seminars are published on the web.
ReliaSoft's expert reliability consulting services team offers a uniquely powerful combination of
industry insight, unparalleled subject mastery and, most important of all, direct access to all of
ReliaSoft's global resources, expertise and contacts.