Calculating availability to develop preventative maintenance plan

By Plant Engineering Staff March 24, 2006

Anthony M. Smith and Glenn R. Hinchcliffe, authors of “RCM — Gateway to World Class Maintenance” write on the subject of maintenance: “Our view is that the maintenance organization should be treated as a ProfitCenter for your company. This view derives from our belief that the overwhelming financial aspects of a maintenance optimization strategy are driven by considerations of downtime elimination (or increased availability), which, when properly accomplished, is a direct contributor to company revenue and profit.”

To read the full text of their monthly “Maintenance Connection” column in PLANT ENGINEERING magazine, go to and go to the Engineer’s Resource Guide under Maintenance & Management.