Maximizing Machinery Uptime


  • Heinz P. Bloch, Consulting Engineer, Montgomery, TX, USA
  • Fred K. Geitner, Professional Engineer, Ontario, Canada.

The authors use their decades of experience and draw upon real-world examples to demonstrate that the application of their techniques provides a basis for equipment management, uptime maximization, and reduced maintenance costs. The text explores reliability assessment techniques such as Failure Mode, Effect Analysis, and Fault Tree Analysis of commonly encountered rotating machinery. These are all highly effective techniques that the engineer can apply to maximize uptime and thereby maximize production and profitability.
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Maintenance Engineers, Reliability Engineers, Mechanical Engineers, Process Engineers, Technicians


Book information

  • Published: February 2006
  • ISBN: 978-0-7506-7725-7

Table of Contents

AcknowledgementPrefaceChapter 1: IntroductionChapter 2: Definitions: Reliability and Uptime Chapter 3: Uptime as probability of successChapter 4: Estimating machinery reliabilityChapter 5: Is there a universal approach to predicting machinery uptime?Chapter 6: Predicting uptime of turbomachineryChapter 7: Failure mode and effect analysisChapter 8: Fault tree analysisChapter 9: Machinery risk and hazard assessmentChapter 10: Machinery system availability analysisChapter 11: Practical field uptime assessmentChapter 12: Life cycle analysisChapter 13: Start with good specificationsChapter 14: Good installation makes a differenceChapter 15: Proper operation is key to machinery uptimeChapter 16: Good maintenance is importantChapter 17: Continuous improvement-a key to machinery uptimeChapter 18: Review of mechanical structures and piping for machineryAppendix A: The coin toss caseAppendix B: Safety design checklists for equipment reliability specialistsAppendix C: Machinery system completeness and uptime appraisal formsGlossaryIndex