More Info On "RCM For The Layperson"

EP Editorial Staff | September 19, 2012


Maintenance Technology is proud to announce that they have joined with Neil Bloom, Internationally Acclaimed Author of “Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) – Implementation Made Simple” published by McGraw-Hill, to provide a unique learning experience Workshop/Clinic in RCM.  Many recognize Neil as the“Modern Day” Pioneer of conventional (not streamlined) RCM.   He has developed an RCM methodology focusing strictly on the layperson and takes the entire RCM process to the next plateau of affordability, simplicity, and thoroughness.  The Oracle Corporation has enthusiastically endorsed and recommended his RCM process to their customers world-wide. 

This will NOT be the usual and ordinary type of RCM workshop…….. At the end of this RCM Clinic, you, the attendee, will be RCM facilitator qualified to develop your own in-house RCM program at your own facility with your own in-house resources and expertise. 

Mr. Bloom wrote his book and created the methodology to make RCM easily implementable and affordable for the layperson who wishes to improve his plant or facility’s safety, cost effectiveness, and reliability using their very own in-house resources and expertise.  Many corporate individuals elect to choose outside contractors to develop and implement their RCM programs and there are numerous excellent companies to choose from.  However, this RCM Clinic is specifically intended for those that choose to develop their own in-house RCM program. 

It is not uncommon for the cost to develop and implement an RCM program, to run into the tens of thousands or even the hundreds of thousands of dollars.  For major industries such as a nuclear power plant, for example, this cost can run into the millions of dollars.  Mr. Bloom has changed that.

Mr. Bloom normally provides his RCM seminars only to private companies and corporations. Because of overwhelming interest and myriad inquiries from laypeople all over the world, this RCM clinic will be the first of its kind ever presented to the public.

Mr. Bloom, who is internationally recognized for his RCM knowledge and insight, wrote his book strictly for the layperson.  In his many years of experience in the commercial aviation and commercial nuclear power industries, he has seen how RCM can become so difficult to implement that most of those who try it end up throwing their hands into the air with a sigh of defeat and despair.  It is no coincidence that the actual success rate for implementing an RCM program is less than 5%.  In other words, over 95% of attempted RCM programs result in failure.  He has changed that.  Now, the layperson can facilitate his, or her, own RCM program, in his, or her, own facility using only in-house resources.  He has eliminated the obfuscation and difficulty usually associated with attempting to implement an RCM program.   Additionally, Mr. Bloom has ensured that those in-house resources do not require the pedigree of having a formal engineering degree or any previous rocket science experience. 

There is an enormous demand from the myriad of national and international corporations and divergent industries that are urgently seeking a cost effective and a robust method to enhance their internal corporate reliability goals and objectives without the need for any outside expertise.  The RCM methodology Mr. Bloom developed is applicable to any type or size, of industry or corporation.  It is identically applicable to a nuclear power plant, an oil refinery, a petro-chemical plant, a commercial or military aircraft, an assembly line, any type of manufacturing or production facility, and even a shoe factory.  

Each attendee will receive a copy of his book, which will be the course study guide, and at the end of the Clinic a formal certificate signifying that they are “Neil Bloom RCM qualified facilitators.”  It is Mr. Bloom’s goal to ensure that each attendee will have the requisite knowledge and the ability to implement his own RCM program at his own plant or facility, using his own in-house resources.  He will also explain how to develop an RCM “Living Program” and how to “Monitor and Trend” plant performance using a unique method he developed.

Rather than a long drawn out and torturous process, Mr. Bloom accomplishes this comprehensive Clinic in only three days.  Mr. Bloom will be available (at no additional charge) for an entire 4th day for those wishing to stay for the 4th day, where he will mentor with those attendees who sign up first, the RCM logic process on their very own plant specific systems and equipment using their own plant specific P&ID’s, plant schematics or design drawings.  

Who should attend the RCM Clinic?

Anyone responsible for reliability, engineering, maintenance, and operations of a plant or facility.  This applies to all levels of personnel including the craft level, the supervisor, planner, work control coordinator, the systems engineer, the quality control and reliability engineers, the engineering and maintenance managers, operations supervisors, operations equipment control managers, and specifically, senior level engineering, maintenance, and operations management of any type of plant or facility.

Mr. Bloom defines a plant or facility as “being any entity where it is unacceptable to incur an unplanned shutdown, a loss of production or generation capability, a regulatory violation, environmental hazards, or any safety hazards such as fires, explosions, or personnel injuries.  In essence, it is any entity that manufactures a product or produces an output where it is unacceptable to incur unplanned interruptions of the operation or worse yet, an unwanted disaster.  It is any entity that requires a Preventive Maintenance (PM) program.”

Neil Bloom’s goal:

“One of my goals is to have my RCM process result in the most cost efficient and cost effective process attainable and to maximize the limited resources available to the client.  But that is not my primary goal.  My primary goal is to ensure the existence of a robust RCM – based preventive maintenance program to minimize the potential for mechanical / electrical equipment failures that could lead to disasters, catastrophes, and even fatalities.     

Eliminating the potential for such calamities will inherently result in even more significant savings through the cost avoidance of preventing their occurrence.  Thusly, in addition to the tangible cost savings, avoiding the possible total loss of your plant or facility or any personnel fatalities caused by having an inadequate or deficient PM program, is also a primary goal of my RCM process.”             


Neil Bloom received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Miami.  He is the author of “Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) – Implementation Made Simple” published by McGraw-Hill and serves as an Instructor of “Reliability Centered Maintenance” and Equipment Reliability at UCLA, the University of California-Irvine (UCI) and the University of Kansas in their Continuing Education Divisions.  Neil has over 35 years of both hands-on and senior level managerial engineering and maintenance experience in the commercial aviation and commercial nuclear power industries.  He has been fortunate to have worked in close association for all those years with the two most leading-edge federal agencies responsible for reliability and safety, namely the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). 

He began his career as a Systems Engineer for one of the nation’s largest airlines,  progressed to Manager of Intermediate Aircraft Maintenance, and then as the Administrative Assistant to the Vice President of Aircraft Maintenance.  He was a member of the Maintenance Review Board for the Lockheed L1011 and worked with MSG Logic which was the forerunner to RCM.

His career within nuclear power included Maintenance Management positions at one of the largest dual unit nuclear facilities in the nation.  Neil held positions in Maintenance Engineering, Maintenance Procedures and Regulatory Policies, and for 14 years, Neil was the Program Manager for RCM and Preventive Maintenance Programs.

His airline and nuclear working experience in both the Engineering and Maintenance organizations have afforded him the unique background and knowledge as a practitioner of Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) to know what can and what cannot be done with conventional RCM.  It is within the Engineering and Maintenance organizations that RCM meets its most formidable challenges for successful implementation.  Neil knows what works and what doesn’t work.  He knows what the pitfalls are and how to circumvent them. 

Neil’s book titled “Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) – Implementation Made Simple” was published world-wide by McGraw-Hill.  He has created totally new RCM concepts and philosophies that go beyond the work of the original pioneers of RCM, namely Stanley Nowlan and Howard Heap, in order to make the entire process less daunting, more straightforward and simpler.  Neil has been responsible for developing and managing what is perhaps, even today, one of the most comprehensive RCM programs ever developed.  The program analyzed over 125,000 components at one of the country’s largest nuclear generating facilities.

Neil has written articles for Maintenance Technology Magazine, Uptime Magazine, and Reliability Magazine. He has been a guest speaker on RCM at some of the most prestigious national and international conferences.  These include the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the American Nuclear Society (ANS), the Argonne National laboratory (ANL) which is operated by the University of Chicago for the Department of Energy (DOE), the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, Austria.

Recognized as one of the leading authorities on RCM, he is currently in demand to provide RCM training seminars to many of the world’s largest corporations. 

Neil and his wife Bernadette reside in Monarch Beach, California.  He can be reached at or 949-466-1871. You can visit his website at .




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