Failure Defence Planning utilises many of the elements of a classical RCM approach, yet provides an efficient and streamlined approach to systematically establishing the significance of systems and equipment to a production process.

Failure Defence Planning (FDP) is an engineering process to facilitate maintenance planning in order to achieve maximum reliability of assets. FDP establishes the significance of systems and equipment to the overall process through criticality analysis, based on cost, production, safety, environment, quality, and other business concerns.

The goals of Failure Defence Planning are  similar to those of Reliability-centered Maintenance (RCM), but can be significantly more efficient.

The process combines system and equipment ranking methods, equipment failure history reviews, personnel knowledge harvesting and Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA) to provide a balanced selection and prioritisation of maintenance tasks for each piece of equipment. The Failure Defence process is designed to establish the optimum  maintenance regime consistent with the equipment operating context.

FDP is readily integrated as a tool within a continuing improvement program.

The FDP process follows the following stages:

Tribe Engineering FDP Process


Tribe Engineering have developed a simple decision tree in order to speed up the determination of maintenance frequencies and interventions process element of the FDP process. This is significantly easier to use than RCM type decision diagrams and accelerates the process and therefore ensures that your resources are used more efficiently when supporting the process. It can be licensed to be used as a stand-alone tool for use with traditional maintenance development processes.