Rules of Thumb for Maintenance and Reliability Engineers

Rules of Thumb for Maintenance and Reliability Engineers

1st Edition - October 1, 2007

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  • Authors: Ricky Smith, R. Keith Mobley
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780750678629
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080552071

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Rules of Thumb for Maintenance and Reliability Engineers will give the engineer the “have 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 “go to” book. Not an oversized handbook or a theoretical treatise, but a handy collection of graphs, charts, calculations, tables, curves, and explanations, basic “rules of thumb” that any engineer working with equipment will need for basic maintenance and reliability of that equipment.

Key Features

• Access to quick information which will help in day to day and long term engineering solutions in reliability and maintenance
• Listing of short articles to help assist engineers in resolving problems they face
• Written by two of the top experts in the country


Industrial Engineers, Maintenance and Reliability Engineers, Mechanical Engineers, Technicians, Maintenance Managers, Field Engineers, Corporate Maintenance and Reliability Managers

Table of Contents

  • Introduction – Recommended First Step
    Chapter 1 – Understanding Maintenance and Reliability
    1.1 Maintenance and Reliability Function
    1.2 Maintenance/Reliability Assessment
    1.3 Change Management in Reliability
    1.4 Position Descriptions
    1.5 Maintenance Responsibilities
    1.6 Return on Investment
    1.7 Planning and Scheduling
    Chapter 2 – Reliability Engineering Position Description
    Chapter 3 – Preventive Maintenance
    Chapter 4 – Predictive Maintenance
    4.1 Predictive Maintenance Overview
    4.2 Vibration Analysis
    4.3 Thermography
    4.4 Tribology
    4.5 Ultrasonics
    Chapter 5 – Reliability Processes
    5.1 Reliability Software
    5.2 Reliability Centered Maintenance
    5.3 Failure Modes and Effect Analysis
    5.4 Equipment Criticality Ranking
    5.5 Root Cause Failure Analysis
    5.6 Developing a Business Case for a Reliability Initiative
    Chapter 6 – Key Performance Indicators
    6.1 – Developing Key Performance Indicators
    6.2 – Key Performance Indicator Dashboards
    6.3 – Article: Developing KPIs by Ron Thomas, Dofasco Steel
    Chapter 7 – Total Production Maintenance
    7.1 – TPM (Total Productive Maintenance)
    7.2 – Article: Lean Reliability
    Chapter 8 – Mechanical Equipment
    8.1 – Bearings
    8.2 – Chain Drives
    8.3 – Belt Drives
    8.4 – Hydraulics
    8.5 – Gears
    8.6 – Maintenance Welding
    8.7 – Compressors
    8.8 – Packing Seals
    8.9 – Pumps
    Chapter 9 - Electrical
    9.1 Electric Motors
    9.2 Motor Controls
    9.3 Motor Maintenance
    Chapter 10 – Reliability Articles
    10.1 – Top five reasons why companies don't measure reliability
    10.2 – Creating a Culture Change with Reliability
    10.3 – Exterminate Lube Problems
    10.4 – Using KPIs to Spot Problems
    10.5 – What it takes to Climb out of Reactive to RCM
    10.6 – Put a Plant Wide Focus on Functional Failures
    10.7 – Reliability is Worth a Second Look
    10.8 – When Preventive Maintenance Does not Work
    10.9 – The Top 4 Reasons Why PdM Fails
    Chapter 11 -
    MTBF Users Guide
    Work Flow Processes
    Reliability Survey Results
    Planning and Scheduling Survey Results

Product details

  • No. of pages: 336
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Butterworth-Heinemann 2007
  • Published: October 1, 2007
  • Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780750678629
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080552071

About the Authors

Ricky Smith

Ricky has over 30 years in maintenance and reliability as a maintenance manager, maintenance supervisor, maintenance training specialist, field engineer, maintenance mechanic, maintenance consultant and is a well known published author. Ricky has worked with maintenance organizations in hundreds of facilities, industrial plants, ships, etc, world wide in developing reliability, maintenance and technical training strategies.

Prior to joining Allied Reliability in 2008, Ricky worked as a professional maintenance employee for Exxon Company USA, Alumax (this plant was rated the best in the world for over 18 years), Kendall Company, and Hercules Chemical providing the foundation for his reliability and maintenance experience.

Ricky is the co-author of “Rules of Thumb for Maintenance and Reliability Engineers”, “Lean Maintenance” and “Industrial Repair, Best Maintenance Repair Practices”. Ricky also writes for different magazines during the past 20 years on technical, reliability and maintenance subjects.

Ricky holds certification as Certified Plant Maintenance Manager from the Association of Facilities Engineering as well as a Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional from the Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals.

Ricky lives in Charleston, SC with his wife. Aside form spending time with his 3 children and 3 grandchildren, Ricky enjoys kayaking, fishing, hiking and archaeology.

Affiliations and Expertise

CMRP,Reliability Strategy Leader Ivara Corporation

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

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  • Richard S. Tue Oct 11 2022

    Great resource for Maintenance Leaders

    Everyone you want to know about Maintenance and Reliability Best Practices in the book. It is my reference for everything I need to know.

  • Pau H. Wed Mar 16 2022



  • Reza a. Mon Sep 09 2019

    Lucrative book

    I appreciate authors knowledge, book is really lucrative in the field of maintenance management and reliability studies.

  • RichardSmith Tue Jun 26 2018

    Great resource for Known Best

    Great resource for Known Best Practices