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Plant Engineer's Handbook - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780750673280, 9780080539041

Plant Engineer's Handbook

1st Edition

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Author: R. Keith Mobley
Hardcover ISBN: 9780750673280
eBook ISBN: 9780080539041
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 14th March 2001
Page Count: 2400
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Plant engineers are responsible for a wide range of industrial activities, and may work in any industry. This means that breadth of knowledge required by such professionals is so wide that previous books addressing plant engineering have either been limited to only certain subjects or cursory in their treatment of topics. The Plant Engineering Handbook offers comprehensive coverage of an enormous range of subjects which are of vital interest to the plant engineer and anyone connected with industrial operations or maintenance.

This handbook is packed with indispensable information, from defining just what a Plant Engineer actually does, through selection of a suitable site for a factory and provision of basic facilities (including boilers, electrical systems, water, HVAC systems, pumping systems and floors and finishes) to issues such as lubrication, corrosion, energy conservation, maintenance and materials handling as well as environmental considerations, insurance matters and financial concerns. One of the major features of this volume is its comprehensive treatment of the maintenance management function; in addition to chapters which outline the operation of the various plant equipment there is specialist advice on how to get the most out of that equipment and its operators. This will enable the reader to reap the rewards of more efficient operations, more effective employee contributions and in turn more profitable performance from the plant and the business to which it contributes.

The Editor, Keith Mobley and the team of expert contributors, have practiced at the highest levels in leading corporations across the USA, Europe and the rest of the world. Produced in association with Plant Engineering magazine, this book will be a source of information for plant engineers in any industry worldwide.

Key Features

  • A Flagship reference work for the Plant Engineering series

  • Provides comprehensive coverage on an enormous range of subjects vital to plant and industrial engineer

  • Includes an international perspective including dual units and regulations


Plant engineers in manufacturing, process, utilities, maintenance engineers, plant manufacturers

Table of Contents

Definition and Organization of the Plant Engineering Function; Plant Engineering in Britain; The Role of the Plant Engineer; Physical Considerations in Site Selection; Plant Location; Industrial Buildings; Planning and Plant Layout; Contracts and Specifications; Industrial Flooring; Lighting; Insulation; Paint Coatings for the Plant Engineer; Insurance: Plant and Equipment; Insurance: Buildings and Risks; Electricity Generation; Electrical Distribution and Installation; Electrical Instrumentation; Oil; Gas; Liquefied Petroleum Gas; Coal and Ash; Steam Utilization; Industrial Boilers; Combustion Equipment; Economizers; Heat Exchangers; Heating; Ventilation; Air Conditioning; Energy Conservation; Water and Effluents; Pumps and Pumping; Centrifugal Pump Installation; Cooling Towers; Compressed Air Systems; Compressors; Fans and Blowers; Mixers and Agitators; Gears and Gearboxes; Hydraulic Fundamentals; Pneumatic Fundamentals; Noise and Vibration; Vibration Fundamentals; Vibration Monitoring and Analysis; Air Pollution; Dust and Fume Control; Dust Collection Systems; Maintenance Management in UK; Effective Maintenance Management; Predictive Maintenance; Planning and Scheduling Outages; Lubrication; Corrosion; Shaft Alignment; Rotor Balancing; Packing and Seals; Gears and Gear Drives; Flexible Intermediate Drives; Couplings and Clutches; Bearings; Finance for the Plant Engineer; Statistical Approaches in Machinery Problem Solving; Health and Safety in the UK; Regulatory Compliance Issues in the US; Index


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About the Author

R. Keith Mobley

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


"Every plant engineer's bookshelf should contain at least one basic engineering reference. And if you're only going to have one, Plant Engineer's Handbook is a good candidate. This volume is a completely revised edition of Plant Engineer's Reference Book, which was published about 10 years ago. As chief editor of the handbook, Keith Mobley has done a masterful job of assembling the contributions of 40 contributors into 64 chapters that cover the entire plant engineering function from definition to technology to management. In fact, this handbook stands out from most other engineering handbooks by including information on such issues as insurance, finances, and maintenance management in addition to the engineering knowledge plant engineers require." - Plant Engineering Magazine "This book covers the things a plant engineer does-such as selection of a suitable site for a factory and provision of basic facilities - as well as issues such as labrication, corrosion, energy conservation, maintenance and materials handling environment, insurance and finances. The volume provides a comprehensive treatment of the maintenance management funuction. In addition to chapters outlining the operation of plant equipment, there is advice on getting the most out of the equipment and its operators." -llE Solutions

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