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Maintenance, Replacement and Reliability (Topics in Operational Research) Paperback – 9 Oct 1973

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Pitman Publishing (9 Oct. 1973)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0273316540
  • ISBN-13: 978-0273316541
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 14.9 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,172,954 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Vicky J on 18 Aug. 2011
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I bought this book when first published, over 30 years ago but lost it somehow along the way. Now I'm engaged in teaching again and this is the book you should use to start off a group of beginners. It has a chatty and comfy style, and starts at a low-ish level with simple ideas on probability and the time-value of money. But by the end of the book, it's opened the reader's eyes to a multitude of models and means-of-analysis in practical aspects of reliability, failure and replacement of real capital assets. Almost every student I've had has said at some point, "Oh - yeah, of course..." when they realise the simplicity of seemingly complex relationships and formulae. Actually, the author doesn't use formulae. He works from first principles and gives examples. The only weakness in the book is its assumption that new students know quite a lot about probability distributions including Weibull and the exponential family; so a separate course is required to get them up to speed in these aspects before tackling the book properly. But that can be done if students are engineers, mathematicians, fairly quantitative economists and accountants, management scientists and so on. This item was delivered super quick and is in decent condition, considering that it is public library withdrawn-stock, and which seems to have been borrowed only five times since 1975.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Great book for both practitioners and academics 5 Jan. 2007
By Ali Zuashkiani - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This book is an excellent choice for those who are looking for a text on real applications of simple but fundamental mathematical techniques in reliability and maintenance. Both authors have been involved in industrial projects in this field and the book is a summary of their experience over the last 33 years. Most of the examples are based on real applications and industrial case studies accomplished mostly by the first author (Andrew Jardine). You do not need advanced mathematics to understand the cases, however many mathematical concepts are explained in the appendices using a very simple language. The book starts with a nice summary of all the fundamental concepts in reliability and maintenance management. It talks shortly about soft aspects of maintenance such as TPM, RCM, Continuous improvements, etc and uses an interesting frame work to connect them to each other. In chapter two, it shows how the best time to replace a component or simple device can be found using simple mathematics. It then brings several applied examples which will help the reader to fully understand the concept and how to apply those simple but essential techniques. It talks about age based replacements and block replacements and discusses when we should choose one of them over the other. It also introduces a software that can simply do all the mathematics and find optimal replacement times. In Chapter 3, it talks about the inspections problems. It shows how we can find the best inspection policies based on simple mathematical models using different criteria such as minimization of the cost or downtime. Then it talks about the condition based maintenance modeling and shows that how we can find the best replacement policy based on condition indicators, age of the system, cost of preventive replacement, and cost of a failure. It shows some examples and defines software called EXAKT which is claimed to be well capable of finding the optimum replacement policy. In chapter four it talks about optimal replacement interval for capital equipment. It shows how we should take into account Life Cycle Costs in order to find the best time to replace the current equipment with a new one of the same type or one which is more technologically advanced. The best policy is the one that minimizes the total discounted costs over the time. It introduces two softwares called AGE/CON and PERDEC that can be used to find those optimal intervals without being worried about the mathematical burdens. Chapter 5 is titled "Maintenance Resource Requirements". It basically shows that how one can use basic queuing models to find the optimum number of spares, required manpower, machine shops, and decide whether it is better to do a job in house or contract it out.
I see this book a must read for both graduate and undergraduate students, practitioners and consultants because it creates a very strong and valuable link between world of mathematics with the one of practice.
Five Stars 27 July 2015
By Todd Takala - Published on
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A highly informative book!
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