May require initial and later revisions to the maintenance schedule in a "trial-
and-error" fashion depending on the success of the initial maintenance
schedule and equipment condition.
Should result in a more manageable maintenance workload focused on the
most important equipment.
RCM is not an excuse to move to a "breakdown maintenance" philosophy or to
eliminate critical preventive maintenance in the name of reducing maintenance
staff/ funding. However, to mitigate problems associated with a PM program,
maintenance managers may choose to apply a
consciously chosen, effectively
implemented, and properly documented RCM program.
For RCM to be a viable program at Reclamation facilities, it must:
Be chosen as the local maintenance philosophy by management.
Be implemented according to generally accepted RCM practices.
Be documented so that maintenance decisions are defensible.
Implementation of an acceptable RCM program will be defined in a Facilities
Instructions, Standards, and Techniques (FIST) volume. For more information on
Reclamation RCM program implementation, contact the Hydroelectric Research
and Technical Services Group, D-8450, at 303-445-2300.
Electrical maintenance recommended practices for some equipment are contained
in other FIST volumes that will be referenced in this report. For equipment not
covered by other FIST volumes, requirements defined in this report are the recom-
mended practices. Manufacturer's maintenance requirements, as defined in
instruction books also must be incorporated into a complete maintenance
Variance from Reclamation electrical maintenance recommended practices, as
defined in FIST volumes, are acceptable provided that proper documentation
exists to support the variance. Refer to the
Power Review of O&M Program
Directive and Standard and Guidebook for further information (see section 1.5).
Recommended practices, including recommended intervals, defined in FIST
volumes are based on power industry best practices, published standards, and
Reclamation's experience maintaining equipment in hydroelectric powerplants.
This FIST volume includes references to published standards produced by the
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), National Fire Protection
Association (NFPA), and other professional organizations where they exist.
Additional references to published standards may be found in other FIST volumes.