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Preventive Maintenance, Third Edition

This third edition of a best-selling classic shows how the investment in a preventive maintenance program repays a company in longer equipment life, smoother operation, planning, and scheduling. It includes information on computerized PM systems, enhanced techniques, and insights into preventive maintenance. The latest technology has improved equipment quality, reliability and dependability by fault-tolerance, redundant components, self-adjustments, and replacement of hydraulic and mechanical components by more reliable electronic and optical operations. Many components, however, still wear out, corrode, become punctured, vibrate excessively, become overheated by friction or dirt, or can even be damaged by humans. Fortunately, modern sensors and computers for condition monitoring and detection enable equipment to "call home" to report they need PM before they fail. The preventive maintenance advantage is that you will pay less now to do planned work when production is not pushing versus very expensive emergency repairs that may be required under disruptive conditions causing production to halt and loss of revenue. Good PM saves money over a product’s life cycle. The book addresses major types of maintenance; advantages and disadvantages of PM; designing a PM program; economics of PM; nondestructive testing; scheduling; metrics; data issues; and much more. - See more at:

J.D. Patton, Jr.

International Society of Automation