This page contains a brief description of each of our products and services.
At the end of each section you will find a link to the appropriate fully-detailed service description.
Reliability-Centred Maintenance (RCM) is an approach that helps your organisation determine the maintenance requirements for your equipment. Its real strength is that it looks at the context in which the equipment operates; it identifies and then classifies each potential failure according to its consequences.
RCM then uses a logical structured algorithm to determine the most appropriate action to manage each failure, recognising that a preventive task may not be justifiable (or may even be counter productive), and optimises costs by ensuring that neither too much nor too little maintenance is specified.
Some of the benefits that our clients have achieved are as follows:
RCS is an approach for determining the level of spare part inventories based on through-life costing. It ensures that every pound spent on inventory is spent where it will do the most good.
RCS uses a structured framework to consider the context in which the equipment is operating, what the consequences are if a spare part is not available when required and then uses through-life costing to determine what level of stockholding is required.
Reasons why organisations use RCS include:
Structured Design Scrutiny (SDS) is a structured approach for performing a Design Scrutiny on new designs of major capital equipment. The approach is aimed at ensuring that the equipment is reliable, maintainable and supportable when it enters service.
The approach is applied at the concept or detail-design stages for highlighting design weaknesses in all types of plant and equipment. It helps ensure that design weaknesses are identified before the design "leaves the drawing board".
SDS involves assessing the design against a series of criteria for reliability, maintainability and supportability; other factors such as disposability and manufacturability may also be included. These criteria are considered according to the operating context of the equipment being scrutinised and the needs of the ultimate user.
The objective of SDS is to assist equipment users and designers in producing the most cost-effective design which meets the user's requirements for function, reliability, maintainability and supportability. Its strength over traditional methods of design scrutiny lies in its structured and systematic approach.
It yields the following benefits:
Our role is to impart knowledge of SDS to clients via initial training and assisted pilot application; our goal is for clients to become competent and confident in implementing the approach for themselves.
An analysis of the maintenance requirements of any sizeable physical asset is likely
to produce a large number of maintenance tasks with an alarming range of "natural"
intervals. Determining how best to package those tasks into a sensible exam maintenance
schedule can be a considerable challenge.
To address this problem, we have developed a unique software
package which enables us to rationalise your task intervals, balance (or smooth) the exam cycle workload and package the tasks into maintenance exams.
Mutual Consultants has the capability to rapidly develop high quality bespoke software to suit your particular operational and maintenance requirements.
The efficient operation of any railway vehicle maintenance depot is determined by the complex interaction of a large number of variable factors. A depot which is apparently "ticking over nicely" could easily become disturbed by inappropriate or poorly-managed changes. The effects on a depot caused by such changes can often be surprising, and even confusing, despite the best of intentions.
The effective development and management of a railway depot involves a regular re-evaluation of how best to respond to changing engineering, commercial and operational pressures.
For a description of our approach to the problem of determining what the most appropriate changes are, and what effects they will have on depot and fleet performance, please click here or view/download our eBrochures.
By constructing a Simulation Modelling Application of your process we can help you to identify and test ideas (and even fine tune them to your best advantage), at a fraction of the cost of trying them "for real" and with the minimum financial risk (ie before incurring the cost of implementation and without making expensive mistakes).
Once the model has been developed, ideas can be tested very quickly (for example, the model may be able to simulate years of operation in a matter of minutes) which in turn will generate many more ideas; by using the model you will gain insights into how to run the process or organisation more effectively.
The Simulation Modelling Application will automatically record performance measures as the model runs so that you can get representative numerical results to validate the value (or otherwise) of your ideas.
Simulation provides you with a deep insight into how your process works (or does not work!). The mere process of developing a Simulation Modelling Application can reveal solutions that will make your process work better.