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Mutual Consultants Ltd

Mutual Consultants Ltd

Location: Rugby, UK
Telephone: +44 (0)1788 555000
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  Mutual Consultants Limited specialise in assisting clients to apply Reliability-Centred Maintenance (RCM) in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland through world class RCM training, RCM consulting, RCM facilitation and the supply of dedicated RCM software.
We can draw on experience from (and provide contact with) RCM users world-wide.Our approach is to impart knowledge of Reliability-Centred Maintenance (RCM) to clients via Training Courses and Technical Support. Our support may include project management and contract facilitation.

In addition to RCM we provide services in other areas including:
- Optimisation of Maintenance Spares holding
- Provision of a structured approach to performing a Design Scrutiny
- Development of Bespoke Software to manage the maintenance function
- Assistance with Managing Change In Railway Maintenance Depots
- Development of Computer Simulation Models
- Balancing of Maintenance Schedule workload over the exam cycle

  • Software Development

  • Management Consulting

  Products & Services

Reliability Centred Maintenance (RCM)

  RCM is a process used to determine the maintenance requirements of any physical asset in its operating context.

Many world class companies use RCM to maximise plant output and optimise costs.

Mutual Consultants' role is to impart an understanding of RCM to clients and provide support and guidance in its application; our goal is for clients to become competent to apply RCM themselves.

Applied correctly, RCM yields the following benefits:
- Safety - greater safety and environmental integrity
- Performance - improved operating performance
- Quality - improved quality
- Cost Effectiveness - greater maintenance cost effectiveness
- Life Cycle Cost - optimised maintenance workloads
- Equipment Life - longer useful life
- Maintenance Data - a comprehensive data base
- Motivation - Greater motivation & wider "ownership" of maintenance tasks
- Teamwork - Better teamwork


Structured Design Scrutiny (SDS)

  SDS is an approach applied at the design stage for highlighting design weaknesses in all types of plant and equipment. It may be applied at the concept or detail-design stages to help ensure that design weaknesses are identified before the design "leaves the drawing board".

SDS systematically scrutinises the design of the equipment against several decision criteria, (usually relating to reliability, maintainability and supportability).

Applied correctly, SDS yields the following benefits:
- Safety and the Environment - the systematic review of safety implications of every critical failure
- Performance - an emphasis on the design of crucial equipment elements and the elimination of design weaknesses which would otherwise be undetected until the equipment is in use
- Quality - a better understanding of equipment and the clarification of equipment set-up requirements
- Cost Effectiveness - the prevention/elimination of design weaknesses and reduced life-cycle costs


Reliability Centred Spares (RCS)

  RCS is an approach for determining the level of spare part inventories based on through-life costing and the requirements of the equipment and maintenance operation that the inventory supports.

RCS uses through-life costing to ensure that investment in spare parts is spent where it will do the most good. RCS answers the question of whether money should be invested in spares in order to reduce downtime costs in the future. All parties (including accountants!) relate to RCS as it determines spare part levels without relying on gut feel or subjective judgment.

RCS yields the following benefits:
- Unnecessary capital and insurance spares are avoided, freeing up funds and storage space
- The avoidance of "slash and burn" inventory reductions and the corresponding risks to production downtime in the future
- Reductions in the cost of unscheduled downtime due to the non-availability of critical spares
- A means to evaluate vendor stocking costs versus holding stock locally.


Rationalisation and Balancing (RaB)

  RaB involves packaging a list of maintenance tasks into a schedule which is optimised for work content and contains a minimum of peaks and troughs.

In practice task intervals have to be adjusted to suit local conditions; this is called "Rationalisation".

The workload is often "smoothed" to avoid peaks and troughs. This is called 'Balancing'.

Our unique software minimises LCC by rationalising automatically and it includes tools to simplify workload balancing.

We work with you to rationalise and balance your maintenance workload. The result is a more manageable, maintenance schedule that tells you both what must be done and when.

Your list of maintenance tasks is converted into a maintenance schedule which is:
- Rationalised to minimise the total man-hours over the life cycle
- Balanced to provide the smoothest possible workload over time
- Comprehensibly packaged and presented (you are told what is due and when it is due, not simply how often it should be done).


Bespoke Software Development

  Most organisations use "standard" off-the-shelf packages for day-to-day needs. However, organisations increasingly require specific software to address a particular "non-standard" business need. In many instances, satisfying these particular needs can have a profound overall effect on the effectiveness and efficiency of the business.

Modern software development is much less costly than it used to be because there are high quality software tools available in "modular" format that can be assembled to create a full working application. Creating a bespoke application by interlinking a series of modules gives better initial functionality and very cost effective upgrades in the future.

Our role is to work closely with the client both during software development and downstream to ensure that the resulting application does exactly what is required and continues to evolve in line with both the business needs and the software module capabilities.

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