Which is right for you? Xfmea, RCM++, RBI or MPC
ReliaSoft offers a choice of four software applications that provide data management and reporting for FMEA and/or Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM): Xfmea, RCM++, RBI and MPC. Here are some tips to help you select which one is right for you.
Xfmea, RCM++ or RBI?
In general, Xfmea can be used in either product development or asset management to evaluate risk and improve the design of a product or process. RCM++ and RBI are typically used in equipment operation/asset management to evaluate risk and determine an effective scheduled maintenance strategy.
- Xfmea supports FMEA, FMECA and related analyses. [Click here for a detailed summary.]
- RCM++ provides the same FMEA/FMECA functionality that is available in Xfmea, and also supports general Reliability Centered Maintenance activities, such as equipment selection, failure effect categorization, maintenance task selection and maintenance task packaging. [Click here for a detailed summary.]
- RBI provides the same FMEA/FMECA and RCM functionality from RCM++, and also supports risk based inspection analysis for oil & gas, chemical and power plants per API RP 581. [Click here for a detailed summary.]
You only need to install and license one of the three applications on each computer (e.g., if you have a license for RCM++, the Xfmea functionality is built-in).
Users can open the same files and analysis projects in any of the three applications (e.g., if a project contains FMEAs and RCMs, both analysis types will be visible in RCM++ but only the FMEAs will be visible in Xfmea).
RCM++/RBI or MPC?
In general, MPC may be preferred by users in the aircraft industry, while RCM++ or RBI is recommended for other industries and general purpose applications.
MPC was designed specifically to meet the needs of the
aircraft industry for performing "systems and powerplant
analysis" according to the MSG-3 guidelines. It includes logic
constraints that are specific to the aircraft industry (e.g.,
uses ATA system and subsystem numbers, requires analysis one
level above the lowest level in the system configuration,
requires a task to be defined if the issue has been identified
as safety-related, etc.). The report output is also targeted to
aircraft industry needs.
- RCM++ and RBI are general-purpose tools for FMEA and RCM analysis. You can configure the software with the Equipment Selection, Failure Effect Categorization and Maintenance Task Selection logic specified in the MSG-3 guidelines but enforcement of the logic is left to the discretion of the user (e.g., nothing forces you to define a task if the issue has been identified as safety-related). The report output was designed to meet general needs and has not been tested for compliance with aircraft requirements for MSG-3.
Users can import data from MPC to RCM++/RBI but it is not possible to automatically transfer data from RCM++/RBI to MPC.