Chapter 4 - Maintenance and Cleaning of Brick Masonry Structures
Chapter 5 - Maintenance of Elevators and Special Lifts
Chapter 6 - Air-Conditioning Equipment
Chapter 7 - Ventilating Fans and Exhaust Systems
Chapter 8 - Dust-Collecting and Air-Cleaning Equipment
Chapter 9 - Piping
Chapter 10 - Scaffolds and Ladders
Section 5 - Maintenance of Mechanical Equipment
Chapter 1 - Plain Bearings
Chapter 2 - Rolling-Element Bearings
Chapter 3 - Flexible Couplings for Power Transmission
Chapter 4 - Chains for Power Transmission
Chapter 5 - Cranes: Overhead and Gantry
Chapter 6 - Chain Hoists
Chapter 7 - Belt Drives
Chapter 8 - Mechanical Variable-Speed Drives
Chapter 9 - Gear Drives and Speed Reducers
Chapter 10 - Reciprocating Air Compressors
Chapter 11 - Valves
Chapter 12 - Pumps: Centrifugal and Positive Displacement
Section 6 - Maintenance of Electrical Equipment
Chapter 1 - Electric Motors
Chapter 2 - Maintenance of Motor Control Components
Chapter 3 - Maintenance of Industrial Batteries (Lead-Acid, Nickel-Cadmium, Nickel-Iron)
Chapter 4 - Illumination
Section 7 - Sanitation and Housekeeping
Chapter 1 - Organizing the Sanitation-Housekeeping Personnel
Chapter 2 - Maintaining Plant Sanitation and Housekeeping
Chapter 3 - Industrial Housekeeping
Chapter 4 - Cleaning Industrial Plant Offices
Section 8 - Instruments and Reliability Tools
Chapter 1 - Mechanical Instruments for Measuring Process Variables
Chapter 2 - Electrical Instruments for Measuring, Servicing and Testing
Chapter 3 - Vibration: Its Analysis and Correction
Chapter 4 - An Introduction to Thermography
Chapter 5 - Tribology
Section 9 - Lubrication
Chapter 1 - The Organization and Management of Lubrication
Chapter 2 - Lubricating Devices and Systems
Chapter 3 - Planning and Implementing a Good Lubrication Program
Section 10 - Maintenance Welding
Chapter 1 - Arc Welding in Maintenance
Chapter 2 - Gas Welding in Maintenance
Section 11 - Chemical Corrosion Control and Cleaning
Chapter 1 - Corrosion Control
Chapter 2 - Industrial Chemical Cleaning Methods
Consisting of over 1,500 pages of dense text and figures, this book
clearly aims to be the definitive handbook for Maintenance Engineers. Clearly,
given the size and scope of this book, a comprehensive review of the contents
of the entire book was not possible for this article, but in this review, we attempt to cover the key features of the book, with some more detailed discussion
of some key topics. Hopefully, this will allow you to make a more informed decision regarding whether to purchase this book.
With chapter contributions from 56 leading Maintenance practitioners and consultants,
this book is written, almost exclusively, by those people who have had to deal
with real-life, practical Maintenance issues. Indeed, the list of contributors
reads almost like a "Who's Who" of maintenance, with contributors including
many of Maintenance's current "leading lights", such as Keith Mobley (from
the Plant Performance Group), Ricky Smith (from Life Cycle Engineering, Inc.),
Joel Levitt, "Doc" Palmer and others.
The book covers both management and technical, issues associated with Maintenance,
with roughly half of the book dedicated to each of these areas.
Let's deal with the Management-related sections first.
There is some really useful, and meaty, stuff in here. Keith Mobley's chapter on Operating Policies of Effective Maintenance successfully deals with the strategic decisions that
Maintenance managers must make, including issues such as
Inhouse vs Outsource
Centralized vs Decentralised Maintenance (this is expanded on in Joseph McGuen's chapter on this topic)
Use of Standard-Practice Sheets and Work Instructions
James Quinn's chapter "Operating Practices to reduce Maintenance Work" provides a basic, but well-formulated introduction to concepts of Predictive and Preventive Maintenance.
There is fairly comprehensive coverage of how best to provide incentive payments for Maintenance workers, which may or may not be applicable in some industrial situations.
Chapters on Corrective and Preventive Maintenance provide good coverage of these areas, and Doc Palmer, the author of the Maintenance Planning and Scheduling
Handbook wrote the chapter on Maintenance Work Order Planning - to
his usual high standard.
The Chapters on Computers in Maintenance and Computerized Planning and Scheduling always run the risk of being out of date before the book hits the bookstores, but in this case,
the principles that they cover remain relatively timeless, and provide a useful starting point for those wishing to understand more about these aspects.
The Chapters on Maintenance Stores and Inventory Control and Maintenance Storerooms (by Dave Bertolini and John Martin respectively) are among the best that I have ever seen written
on these topics. This area gets relatively little attention from Maintenance people, but these chapters should redress that imbalance.
There is an extensive chapter on Work Measurement that should give even experienced Planners food for thought about how they estimate job durations, and the chapter on Work Simplification
introduces this standard Industrial Engineering techniques to Maintenance personnel, including charting tools and techniques that could assist planners to identify ways to make repair
tasks quicker and simpler. Planners will also get benefit from reading the chapter on Estimating Repair and Maintenance costs.
The chapters on the technical aspects of Maintenance are also well-written, could be useful both as a reminder for Engineers about some fundamental concepts, as well as providing
useful information for trades/craftspeople to assist with troubleshooting and ensuring that sound maintenance quality standards are compled with.
There is a 60 page section on Sanitation and Housekeeping that may or may not be relevant to all the readership - but this is a relatively small section of the book.
The book also contains a very useful introduction to the three main Predictive Maintenance technologies: Vibration Analysis, Oil Analysis and Thermography. These sections would equip
anyone with sufficient knowledge to be able to know what questions to ask of experts in these fields.
Despite its size, any work of this nature cannot be all things to all people,
and the editor unfortunately must make some compromises. In this case,
there are a few areas that are not
handbook. In particular, Reliability Centered Maintenance
(RCM) and its derivatives are not covered
in this book, nor is there any discussion of Reliability modelling techniques, such as Weibull Analysis, and Root Cause Analysis gets mentioned in one brief paragraph
(in the Vibration Analysis chapter!). Perhaps the thinking is that these would be better covered in a Reliability Handbook, rather than a Maintenance Engineering handbook.
the more technical sections, there are some fairly common equipment types that are also not covered. In particular, there is no coverage of the maintenance of Hydraulic Systems
or Boilers, nor of PLC's and Distributed Control Systems.
Nevertheless, at around US$150 for over 1,500 pages, this book represents excellent value for money, and covers almost all the areas that a new Maintenance Engineer would need to
understand. Definitely recommended.
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