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Using Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) to Increase Uptime in Biosolids Processing

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Veolia Water North America contracted for the technically difficult Biosolids handling process Design, Build, Operate project with the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago at the Stickney Water Reclamation Plant. Having successfully employed the RCM analysis at many of Veolia's projects world wide, Veolia applied the RCM process to gain improvements by optimizing maintenance strategies and to identifying spare parts, procedures, and plans to maximize the uptime of the system resulting in identification of 425 spares parts at a cost of 525,000 which mitigating over 33 million dollars worth of potential risk. For a very technical process with significant risk of failures, the value of a complete RCM study will have a very high return on investment.

Keywords: RCM; critical spares; maintenance; reliability; uptime

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: January 1, 2011

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