An Introduction to Predictive Maintenance - 2nd Edition - ISBN: 9780750675314, 9780080478692

An Introduction to Predictive Maintenance

2nd Edition

Authors: R. Keith Mobley
eBook ISBN: 9780080478692
Hardcover ISBN: 9780750675314
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 26th September 2002
Page Count: 437
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Table of Contents

Impact of Maintenance; Maintenance Management Methods; Optimizing Predictive Maintenance; Financial Implications and Cost Justification; Assessing the Need for Condition Monitoring; Cost Justification; Justifying Predictive Maintenance; Economics of Preventive Maintenance; Role of Maintenance Organization; Maintenance mission; Evaluation of the Maintenance Organization; Designing a Predictive Maintenance Program; Benefits of Predictive Maintenance; Primary Uses of Predictive Maintenance; Machine-Train Monitoring Parameters; Drivers; Intermediate Drives; Driven Components; Predictive Maintenance Techniques; Vibration Monitoring; Thermography; Tribology; Visual Inspections; Ultrasonics; Other Techniques; Vibration Monitoring and Analysis; Vibration Analysis Applications; Predictive Maintenance; Acceptance testing; Quality control; Loose or foreign parts detection; Noise control; Leak detections; Vibration Analysis Overview; Vibration Sources; Vibration Theory; Machine Dynamics; Vibration Data Types and Formats; Data Acquisition; Vibration Analyses Techniques; Thermography; Infrared Basics; Types of Infrared Instruments; Training; Basic Infrared Theory; Infrared Equipment; Infrared Thermography Safety; Infrared Scanning Procedures; Type of Infrared Problems; Glossary of Terms and Symbols; Tribology; Lubricating Oil Analysis; Setting up an Effective Program; Process Parameters; Process Parameters of Machinery; Fans, Blowers, and Fluidizers; Conveyors; Compressors; Mixers and Agitators; Dust Collectors; Process Rolls; Gearboxes/Reducers; Steam Traps; Inverters; Control Valves; Seals and Packing; Other Methods; Ultrasonics; Visual Inspection; Operating Dynamics Analysis; Its Not Predictive Maintenance; Failure-Mode Analysis; Common General Failure Modes; Failure Modes by Machine-Train Component; Establishing a Predictive Maintenance Program; Goals, Objectives and Benefits; Functional Requirements; Selling Predictive Maintenance Programs; Selecting a Predictive Maintenance System; Database Development; Getting Started; A Total Plant Predictive Maintenance Program; The Optimum Predictive Maintenance Program; Predictive is Not Enough; Maintaining the Program; World-class Maintenance; What Is World-class Maintenance?; Five Fundamentals of World-class Performance; Competitive Advantage; Focus on Quality; Focus on Maintenance; Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE); Elements of Effective Maintenance; Responsibilities; Three Types of Maintenance; Supervision; Standard Procedures; Workforce Development


This second edition of An Introduction to Predictive Maintenance helps plant, process, maintenance and reliability managers and engineers to develop and implement a comprehensive maintenance management program, providing proven strategies for regularly monitoring critical process equipment and systems, predicting machine failures, and scheduling maintenance accordingly.

Since the publication of the first edition in 1990, there have been many changes in both technology and methodology, including financial implications, the role of a maintenance organization, predictive maintenance techniques, various analyses, and maintenance of the program itself. This revision includes a complete update of the applicable chapters from the first edition as well as six additional chapters outlining the most recent information available.

Having already been implemented and maintained successfully in hundreds of manufacturing and process plants worldwide, the practices detailed in this second edition of An Introduction to Predictive Maintenance will save plants and corporations, as well as U.S. industry as a whole, billions of dollars by minimizing unexpected equipment failures and its resultant high maintenance cost while increasing productivity.

Key Features

  • A comprehensive introduction to a system of monitoring critical industrial equipment
  • Optimize the availability of process machinery and greatly reduce the cost of maintenance
  • Provides the means to improve product quality, productivity and profitability of manufacturing and production plants


Plant, process, maintenance and reliability managers and engineers


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Mobley has written several books on individual predictive technologies and is a leading consultant on industrial maintenance practices. His latest book will satisfy anyone who wants to understand and begin implementation of predictive maintenance. - Reviewed by Richard Dunn, editor, Plant Engineering, March 2003 The primary audience for this book will be plant managers, process engineers, and managers of maintenance operations, but the book provides useful backround information for anyone interested in the maintenance issues involved in keeping manufacturing operations running efficiently. - JCT Coatings Tech, March 2004

About the Authors

R. Keith Mobley Author

Mr. Mobley is president and CEO of Integrated Systems Inc. of Knoxville, Tenn. He has written numerous publications on such topics as plant performance, maintenance engineering, maintenance management, and predictive maintenance. He is also a contributing editor for Plant Services magazine.

Affiliations and Expertise

Integrated Systems Inc., Knoxville, TN, USA