Maintenance and Reliability Books

Do enough people have interest in short discussions about maintenance and reliability books to start a dedicated topic area called "books"?

There are many new maintenance and reliability related books that are not getting much attention that I think are great. I think if those who had read various books could provide some insight - and maybe even begin some discussion about some of the content - it would be useful.

The authors who write these books need encouragement because they do not make Stephen King type money for their work.

What do you think?

Terry O
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Mr Svanels Els,it is nice to see u as CMRP.could u pl advice what books u studied to get thro CMRP.iam just preparing to write that exam!

Originally posted by svanels:
Good idea Terry, there are not many places were maintenance and reliability books are exposed and promoted, except on maintenance conferences and trade fairs.
I am looking forward to it.
To promote the M&R books, will forum members be able to read them online by the authors and or publishers without being able to print? We can read publications by NFPA online and some bookstores allow potential buyers some chairs to read some books first before deciding to buy. This is a privilege only to forum members if their posts reach, let us say 100 posts. How about that to promote and encourage members to post. We can limit the access to read to let us say 3 times per forum member who should buy the book if interested further. Some publishers even promote some books by letting potential buyers to choose the books and send them for free and to be returned within 3 days if not interested to buy.
I think the idea of a book reference is a great idea! Instead of having to search through mountains of messages, having a central location to find reference material would be an asset.

Dan Ambre reviews books on his web site regularly, suggesting good books to acquire.
My first recommendation would go to "Mechanical Vibrations" by J.P. Den Hartog.
Danged interesting idea.....there are so few references on the subject, and I don't know of any great flow of new information, and many of the good ones are either out of print, or will be soon.......

I would be willing to put my two cents in.....some prime candidates (IMHO) are:

Any of Jim Taylor's stuff - I don't think it is print any more, but there is (I think) a signficant inventory of his books stockpiled and available

Art Crawford's wonderful Vol I and Vol II, which may still be available via Emerson/CSI

If you are a vibe guy, you MUST beg/borrow/steal a copy of the late Steve Goldman's "Vibration Spectrum Analysis - A simplified approach". I know it is out of print, but you can occasionally find copies on EBay or AMAZON, Barnes and Noble, etc......

Anything that Nelson Baxter has written or may write......I have been on him to do a book, but he looks at me like a child molester when I suggest it......

Ditto for Jack Nicholas's stuff. Outstanding....

Any of John Piostrowski's work.

Another one that is out of print, and in my opinion, worth it's weight in platinum, is "Flexible couplings - design application and engineering" by Michael Calistrat.

If you can beg/borrow/any of the course notes from John Snell or Paul Grover on IR. Bob Madding too.........

There will likely be others that will pop into my empty head, and I will post.....

IMHO, the biggest needs right now are for fundamentals....NOT page after page of Pareto charts, etc.
I have been following Vee and Terry since long. Not only in this website but as well as in AMP. I would have to mention the work of Ricky Smith and Joel Leonard in the field of Maintenance & Reliability. Request Vee and other Authors to ensure that 'Indian' editions are released too so that it becomes viable for us to grab or order that copy which the whole world is going ga-ga over.
Vee can appreciate this better.
I am now preparing for CMRP and have somehow managed to read RCM II, Making Common Sense..., Planning & Scheduling by Doc Palmer.

Looking forward to your replies
-Thanks & Regards

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