by Jasper L. Coetzee



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 7/28/2006

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 478
ISBN : 9781412023627
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 478
ISBN : 9781412200561
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 478
ISBN : 9781490791760

About the Book

Failure is one of the unfortunate facts of life. Whenever man produces equipment or tools to increase his own productivity, he also has to deal with this unwanted side effect. And, although much effort is applied towards improving the reliability of machinery, the ever-increasing sophistication and complexity of these modern technological wonders gives rise to maintenance being one of the fastest growing industries in the world.

Maintenance is surely one of the oldest disciplines known to man. However, the maintenance subject area was until relatively recently thought of as being very basic, needing only the most basic knowledge. Most industrial organizations to some or other extent considered the maintenance department to be a necessary but costly luxury. This view of the maintenance function totally ignores the fact that a properly managed maintenance function creates and maintains high levels of availability, reliability and operability of plant. These high levels translate directly into production capacity, productive output and thus company profit.

In line with the relatively low importance attached to the maintenance function in most industrial organizations, the only educational requirements attached to the posts of maintenance engineers and managers was a degree or diploma in mechanical or electrical engineering. This is of course completely inadequate, as these leaders in one of the most cost intensive industries in the world need to be able to manage the process of failure properly. There is presently a very commendable worldwide drive to improve the education of maintenance personnel. This process is being led by a handful of maintenance academics from all parts of the world. Many of them (including the author) are members of the International Foundation for Research in Maintenance (IFRIM).

As a consequence of this newfound importance regarding the education of maintenance professionals, the theory of maintenance needs to be formalized, such that it can be presented in well-structured maintenance courses. The objective of this book is thus to provide a proper theoretical and practical foundation for the practice of maintenance in the typical industrial organization of our day. A number of such organizations have responded by providing each of their maintenance professionals with a copy of this book as reference work, while it is also used as prescribed work at a number of tertiary institutions as basis of their maintenance studies.

About the Author

Dr. Jasper L. Coetzee, Pr.Eng., Ph.D., has been actively involved in maintenance practice in industry for the last 30 years. He started his working life as a Millwright apprentice. This was followed by studies in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Pretoria. Following a short training period as a pupil engineer, he was appointed as Assistant Resident Engineer at a major iron mine in late 1974. While in this position he had, during subsequent periods, the responsibility for the maintenance of all the various areas of the mine.

He left the mine in late 1979 to join a major petrochemical group as Resident Engineer of one of their major collieries. During this time, he was responsible for all maintenance activities, the supply of services, surface operations as well as all project engineering. From late 1982 to the middle of 1985, he was responsible for all mechanical maintenance of one of the major petrochemical plants of the same group. This was followed by a period of 2 years during which he headed the project team that designed and chose a maintenance information system for the various plants/mines of the group.

He left in 1987 to set up a consultancy in the maintenance field. The main interest of his consulting work lies in the fields of Reliability Centered Maintenance, maintenance strategic management, failure analysis, and maintenance systems. He joined the University of Pretoria in 1993 as Senior Lecturer in Maintenance Engineering. In this (last) role, he was responsible for the administration and co-ordination of all courses in Maintenance Engineering presented by the University of Pretoria up to February 2000. He is presently responsible for a Masters degree in Maintenance Engineering presented at the University of Johannesburg.

Dr. Coetzee is managing director of M-Tech Consulting Engineers (Pty) Ltd, an organization involved in maintenance knowledge development and transfer, maintenance consulting and maintenance analysis software manufacture and distribution. He is also a member of IFRIM (International Foundation for Research in Maintenance).

Apart from this book, Dr. Coetzee is the author of numerous articles and the RCM and Failure Analysis software package, M-Analyst.