Rules of Thumb for Maintenance and Reliability Engineers

Rules of Thumb for Maintenance and Reliability Engineers, 1st Edition

Rules of Thumb for Maintenance and Reliability Engineers, 1st Edition,Ricky Smith,R. Keith Mobley,ISBN9780750678629






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This is the answer to successful engineering solutions in reliability and maintenance!

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• 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


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.


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

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

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R. Keith Mobley

President and CEO of Integrated Systems, Inc.

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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Rules of Thumb for Maintenance and Reliability Engineers, 1st Edition

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
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