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Maintenance books: Industrial Machinery Repair

Industrial Machinery Repair: Best Maintenance Practices Pocket Guide, a trade paperback authored by maintenance experts Ricky Smith and R. Keith Mobley, provides a practical reference for practicing plant engineers, maintenance supervisors,...


Industrial Machinery Repair: Best Maintenance Practices Pocket Guide, a trade paperback authored by maintenance experts Ricky Smith and R. Keith Mobley, provides a practical reference for practicing plant engineers, maintenance supervisors, physical plant supervisors and mechanical maintenance technicians. It focuses on the skills needed to select, install and maintain electro-mechanical equipment in a typical industrial plant or facility. This book addresses, in a simplistic manner, the proper principles and techniques for maintaining industrial equipment.

The authors focuses on ‘Best Maintenance Repair Practices’ necessary for maintenance personnel to keep equipment operating at peak reliability and companies functioning more profitably through reduced maintenance costs and increased productivity and capacity.

A number of surveys conducted in industries throughout the United States have found that 70% of equipment failures are self-induced. If the principles and techniques in this book are followed, it will result in a serious reduction in ‘self-induced failures’.

In the pocketbook format, this reference material can be directly used on the plant floor to aid in effectively performing day-to-day duties. Data is presented in a concise, easily understandable format to facilitate use in the adverse conditions associated with the plant floor. Each subject is reduced to it simplest terms so that it will be suitable for the broadest range of users. Since this book is not specific to any one type of industrial plant, it is useful in any type of facility.

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Smith, based in Charleston, SC, has over 30 years experience in maintenance as a maintenance manager, maintenance supervisor, maintenance engineer, maintenance training specialist, maintenance consultant and is a well known published author. He has worked with maintenance organizations in hundreds of facilities, industrial plants, etc, world wide in developing reliability, maintenance and technical training strategies. Smith is the current Chairman on the Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals Oil, Gas, and Petrochemical Special Interest Group.

Mobley is president and CEO of Integrated Systems Inc. of Knoxville, TN. He has written numerous publications on such topics as plant performance, maintenance engineering, maintenance management, and predictive maintenance.

The 560-page trade paperback was published in 2003 by Butterworth. It can be found on http://www.chapters.indigo.ca for $50.95.