Rules of Thumb for Maintenance and Reliability Engineers


  • Ricky Smith, CMRP,Reliability Strategy Leader Ivara Corporation
  • R. Keith Mobley, President and CEO of Integrated Systems, Inc., Integrated Systems Inc., Knoxville, TN, USA

Rules of Thumb for Maintenance and Reliability Engineers will give the engineer the β€œhave to have” information. It will help instill knowledge on a daily basis, to do his or her job and to maintain and assure reliable equipment to help reduce costs. This book will be an easy reference for engineers and managers needing immediate solutions to everyday problems. Most civil, mechanical, and electrical engineers will face issues relating to maintenance and reliability, at some point in their jobs. This will become their β€œgo to” book. Not an oversized handbook or a theoretical treatise, but a handy collection of graphs, charts, calculations, tables, curves, and explanations, basic β€œrules of thumb” that any engineer working with equipment will need for basic maintenance and reliability of that equipment.
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Industrial Engineers, Maintenance and Reliability Engineers, Mechanical Engineers, Technicians, Maintenance Managers, Field Engineers, Corporate Maintenance and Reliability Managers


Book information

  • Published: October 2007
  • ISBN: 978-0-7506-7862-9

Table of Contents

Introduction – Recommended First StepChapter 1 – Understanding Maintenance and Reliability1.1 Maintenance and Reliability Function1.2 Maintenance/Reliability Assessment1.3 Change Management in Reliability1.4 Position Descriptions1.5 Maintenance Responsibilities 1.6 Return on Investment1.7 Planning and SchedulingChapter 2 – Reliability Engineering Position DescriptionChapter 3 – Preventive MaintenanceChapter 4 – Predictive Maintenance 4.1 Predictive Maintenance Overview4.2 Vibration Analysis4.3 Thermography4.4 Tribology4.5 UltrasonicsChapter 5 – Reliability Processes5.1 Reliability Software5.2 Reliability Centered Maintenance5.3 Failure Modes and Effect Analysis5.4 Equipment Criticality Ranking5.5 Root Cause Failure Analysis5.6 Developing a Business Case for a Reliability InitiativeChapter 6 – Key Performance Indicators6.1 – Developing Key Performance Indicators6.2 – Key Performance Indicator Dashboards6.3 – Article: Developing KPIs by Ron Thomas, Dofasco SteelChapter 7 – Total Production Maintenance7.1 – TPM (Total Productive Maintenance)7.2 – Article: Lean ReliabilityChapter 8 – Mechanical Equipment8.1 – Bearings 8.2 – Chain Drives8.3 – Belt Drives8.4 – Hydraulics8.5 – Gears8.6 – Maintenance Welding8.7 – Compressors8.8 – Packing Seals8.9 – PumpsChapter 9 - Electrical9.1 Electric Motors9.2 Motor Controls9.3 Motor MaintenanceChapter 10 – Reliability Articles10.1 – Top five reasons why companies don't measure reliability10.2 – Creating a Culture Change with Reliability10.3 – Exterminate Lube Problems10.4 – Using KPIs to Spot Problems10.5 – What it takes to Climb out of Reactive to RCM10.6 – Put a Plant Wide Focus on Functional Failures10.7 – Reliability is Worth a Second Look10.8 – When Preventive Maintenance Does not Work10.9 – The Top 4 Reasons Why PdM FailsChapter 11 - MTBF Users GuideWork Flow ProcessesReliability Survey ResultsPlanning and Scheduling Survey Results