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About Ricky Smith
Ricky Smith was born in Charleston, South Carolina and began his maintenance career working on M551 Sheridan tanks in the US Army. He transitioned from a technical role to a leadership role in manufacturing and industrial maintenance and reliability and has been instrumental in resolving complex maintenance and reliability issues worldwide. Ricky has held most positions within the maintenance and reliability field, working for companies such as Exxon, Alumax Mt Holly, General Dynamics, and the US Army. Ricky retired from the US Army and Army Reserves in 2008; his last tour was at the Pentagon, in the role of Facility Investigator for Secretary of Defense Gates. Ricky's life has been committed to the maintenance and reliability field and the range of clients he has helped span multiple types of industries and facilities. He continues to serve the maintenance and reliability world today as a Senior Reliability Advisor for Allied Reliability Group, a global family of companies comprised of best-in-industry maintenance, reliability, and operational consulting and services, training, staffing, and integrated software solutions servicing the industrial and manufacturing sector.
Ricky is the co-author of Rules of Thumb for Maintenance and Reliability Engineers; Lean Maintenance: Reduce Costs, Improve Quality, and Increase Market Share; Industrial Machinery Repair: Best Maintenance Practices Pocket Guide; and Planning and Scheduling Made Simple, among others. He has also been a frequent contributor and author for a variety of magazines over the past 25 years on technical, reliability, and maintenance subjects.
Ricky holds the certifications of Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional (CMRP) and Certified Maintenance Reliability Technician (CMRT) from the Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals (SMRP) and Certified Plant Maintenance Manager (CPMM) from the Association for Facilities Engineering (AFE).
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Winner of first prize (Gold Award) in the RGVA book competition in Maintenance & Reliability at MARTS/Chicago in 2011.
The first edition of this award-winning book immediately became one of the most widely read texts by maintenance, reliability, operations, and safety professionals. It is also being used at many colleges and universities throughout the world. It has become a standard reference for anyone preparing for maintenance and reliability professional exams. In the time since original publication, this book has become a must-have guide and reference. It helps everyone ensure that their organization’s assets are operating as and when needed and at reasonable cost.
- Features a streamlined flow for easier study and reference.
- Includes self-assessment questions at the end of each chapter.
- One of the first books to discuss asset management related standards, including the new ‘ISO-55000 Asset Management Standards.
- Provides new material on corrosion control, risk management, and operator-driven reliability.
- A separate Workbook (ISBN 9780831134358) has been prepared with the assistance of Christopher Mears.
Not an oversized handbook or a theoretical treatise, but a handy collection of graphs, charts, calculations, tables, curves, and explanations, basic “rules of thumb that any engineer working with equipment will need for basic maintenance and reliability of that equipment.
• Access to quick information which will help in day to day and long term engineering solutions in reliability and maintenance
• Listing of short articles to help assist engineers in resolving problems they face
• Written by two of the top experts in the country
Industrial Machinery Repair provides a practical reference for practicing plant engineers, maintenance supervisors, physical plant supervisors and mechanical maintenance technicians. It focuses on the skills needed to select, install and maintain electro-mechanical equipment in a typical industrial plant or facility.
The authors focuses on "Best Maintenance Repair Practices" necessary for maintenance personnel to keep equipment operating at peak reliability and companies functioning more profitably through reduced maintenance costs and increased productivity and capacity.
A number of surveys conducted in industries throughout the United States have found that 70% of equipment failures are self-induced. If the principles and techniques in this book are followed, it will result in a serious reduction in "self induced failures".
In the pocketbook format, this reference material can be directly used on the plant floor to aid in effectively performing day-to-day duties. Data is presented in a concise, easily understandable format to facilitate use in the adverse conditions associated with the plant floor. Each subject is reduced to it simplest terms so that it will be suitable for the broadest range of users. Since this book is not specific to any one type of industrial plant and is useful in any type of facility.
- The new standard reference book for industrial and mechanical trades
- Accessible pocketbook format facilitates on-the-job use
- Suitable for all types of plant facilities
Lean Operations are difficult to sustain. More Lean Manufacturing Plant Transformations have been abandoned than have achieved true Lean Enterprise status.
There are solid and recurring reasons for both of these conditions. The most significant of these reasons is that production support processes have not been pre-positioned or refined adequately to assist the manufacturing plant in making the lean transformation. And the most significant of the support functions is the maintenance operation, which determines production line equipment reliability. Moving the maintenance operation well into its own lean transformation is a must-do prerequisite for successful manufacturing plant - or any process plant - Lean Transformations. This Handbook provides detailed, step-by-step, fully explained processes for each phase of Lean Maintenance implementation providing examples, checklists and methodologies of a quantity, detail and practicality that no previous publication has even approached. It is required reading, and a required reference, for every plant and facility that is planning, or even thinking of adopting "Lean" as their mode of operation.
* A continuous improvement strategy using new "lean" principles
* Eliminate wasteful practices from your manufacturing or chemical processes, increasing the profitability of your plant
* Save thousands of dollars a year on new equipment by keeping your existing equipment maintained using this revolutionary method
They lay out those critical aspects of Maintenance Planning and Scheduling without which any Planning and Scheduling system will fail to produce the desired results. Each chapter contains high-lighted "Key Principles" which quickly summarize important points. Buy a copy for every manager, supervisor, planner and scheduler!
The 3rd edition of Planning and Scheduling Made Simple continues to build on the standard set by the first two editions in providing organization changing information in a concise and easy to understand format. This newly released 3rd edition includes expanded sections on specific techniques that will result in your organization achieving a paradigm change in maintenance effectiveness. New additions include:
•A Complexity/Predictability matrix that can be used to determine which jobs should be planned, which should be scheduled and when Strategic Planning and Scheduling techniques should be used.
•Introduction of “Blocking” and other strategic techniques on jobs not suitable for standard planning and scheduling techniques.
•A detailed section on exactly how P&S improves maintenance effectiveness.
•An explanation on how reductions in wrench time losses have a multiplier effect, where a small change produces a large gain.
•A section that steps you through the process of planning a targeted and simple wrench time study.
•How to calculate your current Wrench Time, how to identify where improvement opportunity exists, identifying how much improvement is available and calculating the impact to your maintenance crew given various improvement scenarios.
•This book will provide you with all of the tools and knowledge necessary to implement a planning and scheduling program that will result in profound, unmistakable improvement in your organization’s effectiveness.
Chapter 1: What Is Planning And Scheduling
Chapter 2: Planning And Scheduling Objectives
Chapter 3: How To Plan And Schedule
Chapter 4: Know How To Focus Your Efforts
Chapter 5: Guiding Principles For Planning and Scheduling