Guide targets optimal maintenance of industrial systems

This book addresses maintenance and repair from an engineering perspective.

02/01/2000


This book addresses maintenance and repair from an engineering perspective. Based on the premise that today's global marketplace demands that maintenance be carried out with maximum efficiency and minimum downtime, the book uses statistical and optimization techniques to avert equipment failure.

Suitable for both engineers and managers in capital-intensive industries and advanced mechanical and industrial engineering students, the book draws on the innovative concept of total productive maintenance (TPM). It offers a presentation of statistical models for load forecasting and capacity planning, productivity measurement, and quality control.

The book discusses performing maintenance materials control, designing a maintenance training program, and conducting maintenance audits. In addition, it explains how to develop a continuous improvement plan, citing case studies and examples.

The book provides a complete exploration of computerized maintenance management systems, including details on designing and evaluating information systems. Guidelines are given for monitoring equipment using diagnostic technology and fitting preventive maintenance into a production schedule.

Written by three experts in the fields of statistics, operations research, and engineering, this book is both a text and reference. Overall, it presents maintenance as an integrated system that needs to be planned, designed, engineered, and controlled, while emphasizing the use of quantitative techniques for operating, controlling, and improving the maintenance system.

Planning and Control of Maintenance Systems: Modeling and Analysis by Salih O. Duffuaa, A. Raouf, and John Dixon Campbell. Published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 605 Third Ave., New York, NY 10158-0012; 800-225-5945; www.wiley.com. 1999, hardbound, 371 pp. $69.95.





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