Reliability Centered Tribology (RCT)

Introduction Reliability Centered Tribology (RCT)

Stage 1 - Evaluation


The First Stage is the initial stage designed to provide the client with a starting point with which to prepare for future stages. The basis of the Stage 1 Evaluation is to compare the client's current practices in specific areas of maintenance, reliability and lubrication and compare them with the best practices in the industry. The result of Stage 1 of the TCC is a complete report and a comparative analysis that highlights opportunities for immediate improvement, in the medium and long term, as well as providing a complete map of routes for lubrication practices. It focus on twelve key areas of lubrication where we accurately measure the customer’s current lubrication practices and compare them to the industry best practice. All this based on the standards of the Society of Tribology and Lubrication Engineers (STLE). These 12 key areas are:

  • Standards, Consolidation and Procurement
  • Lubricant Storage & Handling
  • Oil Sampling Techniques
  • Contamination Control (Exclusion & Removal)
  • Training, Skill Standards and Qualifications
  • Lubricant Analysis
  • Lubrication and Re-Lubrication Practices
  • Program Management
  • Procedures and Guidelines
  • Program Goals and Key Performance Indicators
  • Safety Practices
  • Continuous Improvement


Stage 2 - Training, Audits & Implementation


The Second Stage is divided in four Phases, all them based on the results of the Stage 1 Report.

Phase 1 – Training Courses Matrix Development, Training Sessions and Certifications
Phase 2 – Equipment audit, modification for Lubrication Best Practices Implementation and Procedural Documents Development
Phase 3 – Oil analysis and Tribology Program
Phase 4 – Lubricants consolidation and Lube Room Design

Stage 3 - Continuous Improvement


  • Incorporate all standard operating procedures into the computerized plant maintenance program (CMMS)
  • Identify, track and display key performance indicators (KPI) for lubrication and progress metrics.
  • Use root cause analysis techniques to guide the program.
  • Reevaluate again to identify areas of opportunity
  • Development of successful cases of strategies implemented to emulate the project in other areas or plants