10 Reliability and Maintenance Books to Read in 2024

Elizabeth Ruiz

Posted 2/7/2024

Reliability and Maintenance Books

As a reliability and maintenance professional, it is a must to stay ahead of the curve. With the emerging technologies and evolving methodologies going into Industry 5.0, it is vital to regularly hone your skills and review tried-and-true industry wisdom. So, whether you’re a seasoned expert looking to reinforce your expertise or a newcomer starting a successful career path, take these reliability and maintenance books on your journey. 


Knocking Bolts by Christer Idhammar

Knocking Bolts is Christer Idhammar’s journey through a successful career that began as an 18-year-old merchant mariner in Sweden and took him around the world as a Reliability and Maintenance Management consultant.

He has been instrumental in improving the reliability and maintenance field. He implemented sustainable maintenance centers in developing countries including Tanzania and India, trained and consulted on maintenance management for numerous industries, and even worked with the Panama Canal Commission.

Journey with the man, known by some as a guru and others as the “Godfather of Maintenance” through the places and experiences that helped shape his philosophy and IDCON INC’s 15 beliefs.


A Practical Guide to Creating Operational Excellence and High-Performance Teams by Dr. Anthony Kenneson-Adams

In this latest book from The Project7 Consultancy, Dr. Kenneson-Adams provides the simplified OpEx tools and practical experience to give the reader all they need to begin to implement a robust lean manufacturing strategy with high-performance teams and authentic transformational leadership.    

Kenneson-Adams uses his 40 years’ experience in implementing high-performance teams to provide a well sign-posted journey to Operational Excellence while making sure the reader knows how to sustain the changes as part of an integrated ‘People + Process = Performance’ continuous-improvement journey.  

Its balanced analysis, practical insights and accessible writing style make this an invaluable addition to the library of any professional engaged in the field of operational excellence and continuous improvement.  

If you are not sure how to begin your journey to operational excellence or need a mentor through design and implementation?  This no-nonsense volume will be the teacher and coach that you need. Get your free copy here


The PROACT Root Cause Analysis: Quick Reference Guide (Reliability, Maintenance, and Safety Engineering) by Ken Latino, Mark Latino, and Bob Latino

Root Cause Analysis, or RCA, “What is it?” Everyone uses the term, but everyone does it differently. How can we have any uniformity in our approach, much less accurately compare our results, if we’re applying different definitions? At a high level, we will explain the difference between RCA and Shallow Cause Analysis, because that is the difference between allowing a failure to recur or dramatically reducing the risk of recurrence.

In this book, we will get down to basics about RCA, the fundamentals of blocking and tackling, and explain the common steps of any investigative occupation.

We explore, “Why don’t things always go as planned?” When our actual plans deviate from our intended plans, we usually experience some type of undesirable or unintended outcome. We analyze the anatomy of a failure (undesirable outcome) and provide a step-by-step guide to conducting a comprehensive RCA based on our 3+ decades of applying RCA as we have successfully practiced it in the field. 

This book is written as a how-to guide to effectively apply the PROACT® RCA methodology to any undesirable outcome, is directed at practitioners who have to do the real work, focuses on the core elements of any investigation, and provides a field-proven case as a model for effective application.


Condition Monitoring Standards, Volume 5 by IDCON INC

IDCON Condition Monitoring Standards Reliability and Maintenance Books

IDCON INC recently published a new volume in their Condition Monitoring Standards. These CMS books are a colorful and unique collection of 100 condition monitoring instructions for operations, craftspeople, and engineering to use as field manuals for preventive maintenance. Each condition monitoring book is organized by component types such as AC motors, couplings, pumps, valves, belts, chains, gears, and much more. (Available in French and Spanish)

The Condition Monitoring Standards Volume 5 continues IDCON’s series of easy-to-read text and images. This helps ensure the technical standards and essential information are easily understood and applied. With this guide, you’ll have comprehensive knowledge of condition monitoring and gain confidence in creating preventive maintenance routes.

Keywords help to guide inspectors to complete their essential care and inspection tasks. NEW – Both on-the-run and stopped inspections included in this new volume. 

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Making Good Decisions with Reliability-Centered Maintenance by Total Resource Management and IDCON INC

Whether you are a seasoned professional or new to the field, this ebook provides practical strategies and best practices to help you implement reliability centered maintenance and also ensure that your enterprise asset management solution is aligned with your performance goals.

What’s Inside the ebook:

  • Reliability Centered Maintenance Decision Making
  • Deciding if the Activity Matches the Goal?
  • Defining Goals First Leads to Good Data and Good Decisions
  • Deciding how Effective Your Equipment is – Operational Equipment Effectiveness (OEE)
  • Leveraging Asset and Location Elements in MAS Health
  • Understanding Reliability Block Diagrams
  • Understanding How to Use FMECA
  • Understanding the Value of FRACAS?
  • Is Your Maintenance Organization Cost Effective?
  • How to Reduce Maintenance Cost the Right Way
  • Good is Good. World Class is World Class.

Keeping it Simple: Maintenance and Reliability Metrics/KPIs 101 by Ricky Smith, CMRP and David A. Martin, CMRP

Maintenance professionals need a simple approach to managing their maintenance organization effectively and efficiently, and thus, this book was created.

This work by Ricky Smith and David A. Martin is written in a format that allows you to quickly read and absorb the lessons in a couple of hours. After the initial read, it automatically converts into a KPI reference manual that you can use time and again as you work to improve performance.

The authors move quickly and efficiently to define a series of metrics and, more importantly, instruct you in where and when to use them. They are both committed to helping you become a more effective maintenance and reliability organization. Once you understand this simple approach to managing with leading and lagging key performance indicators (KPIs), identify KPIs for managing your maintenance process.

Your Maintenance Process:

  1. Preventive Maintenance
  2. Maintenance Planning
  3. Maintenance Scheduling
  4. Work Execution
  5. Failure Reporting

Develop a plan for accurate data input for each of the above metrics. This is not an easy process to implement; it takes patience and a strong desire to implement your plan successfully.


Reliability Centered Maintenance Using RCM Blitz by Douglas Plucknette

Work alongside the author as he walks you through his step-by step method for applying Reliability Centered Maintenance, RCM Blitz, focuses on manufacturing assets. 

RCM Blitz is a 5-part process, with an easy-to-follow flow diagram that includes:

  1. Up-Front Tasks – Those tasks required to ensure the success of the RCM Facilitators and Team.
  2. Probability and Consequence – The steps needed to build the groundwork for understanding the importance of each individual failure mode and developing sound methods to prioritize RCM tasks.
  3. Functions and Functional Failures – The to successful RCM analysis is understanding the importance of addressing maintenance at the functional failure level.
  4. FMECA – The heart and soul of Reliability Centered Maintenance, this is where the work gets done, identifying failure modes, describing failure effects and developing tasks.
  5. Follow-Up Tasks – These tasks are designed to help the team quickly move forward and drive the implementation of the RCM tasks. Follow-up is just as important as the analysis itself and like everything else it has a process.

RCMIII by Marius Basson

The popular RCMII methodology has been around since the late ’90s, but it was what professionals call a consequence-based approach. This work represents a revision to that bestselling work, by John Moubray, with more modern thinking, an emphasis on a risk-based methodology, and alignment with International ISO standards (55000 and 31000). The result is a more holistic, integrated, and rigorous way for developing asset care and risk-mitigating strategies for physical assets.

Since the release of the ISO 31000 and ISO 55000 Standards for Risk Management and Asset Management respectively, Aladon developed RCM3, a risk-based RCM methodology that places managing the risk and reliability of physical assets mainstream with other business management systems in an organization. RCM3 fully complies and exceeds the requirements of the SAEJA 1011 Standard and fully aligns with the frameworks of the ISO Standards.

The new risk-based focus of RCM3 features the following principles: 

  • The proactive management of physical and economic risks.
  • Updated approach for testing and managing of protective systems.
  • Based on the requirements of the fourth industrial revolution (Industry 4.0) and its challenges.
  • Covers new expectations and new maintenance techniques for fourth-generation maintenance.
  • Places reliability & risk management mainstream with organizational objectives and management systems.
  • Aligned and integrated with International ISO Standards for Physical Asset Management and Risk Management (ISO 55000 & ISO 31000).

Practical Reliability Engineering by Patrick D. T. O’Connor and Andre Kleyner

With emphasis on practical aspects of engineering, this bestseller has gained worldwide recognition through progressive editions as the essential reliability textbook. This fifth edition retains the unique balanced mixture of reliability theory and applications, thoroughly updated with the latest industry best practices. 

Practical Reliability Engineering fulfils the requirements of the Certified Reliability Engineer curriculum of the American Society for Quality (ASQ). Each chapter is supported by practice questions, and a solutions manual is available to course tutors via the companion website.

Enhanced coverage of mathematics of reliability, physics of failure, graphical and software methods of failure data analysis, reliability prediction and modelling, design for reliability and safety as well as management and economics of reliability programs ensures continued relevance to all quality assurance and reliability courses.

Notable additions include:

  • New chapters on applications of Monte Carlo simulation methods and reliability demonstration methods.
  • Software applications of statistical methods, including probability plotting and a wider use of common software tools.
  • More detailed descriptions of reliability prediction methods.
  • Comprehensive treatment of accelerated test data analysis and warranty data analysis.

Revised and expanded end-of-chapter tutorial sections to advance students’ practical knowledge.


TPM in Process Industries by Japan Institute of Plant Maintenance (edited by Tokutarō Suzuki)

Process industries have a particularly urgent need for collaborative equipment management systems, but until now have lacked for programs directed toward their specific needs. 

TPM in Process lndustries brings together top consultants from the Japan Institute of Plant Maintenance to modify the original TPM Development Program.

In this volume, they demonstrate how to analyze process environments and equipment issues including process loss structure and calculation, autonomous maintenance, equipment and process improvement, and quality maintenance. 


Reliability and Maintenance Books

Have you read any of these reliability and maintenance books before? If so, what did you think? What are your go-to reliability and maintenance books? Let us know in the comments.

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