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Detailed review of: 

The Maintenance Management Framework: Models and Methods for Complex Systems Maintenance




Springer, U.K.




Adolfo Crespo Márquez




The Maintenance Management Framework: Models and Methods for Complex Systems Maintenance


Year of Publication:














Krishna B. Misra




Review published in IJPE, Vol. 5, No. 5, October 2009, p. 462.  

The book comprises of 18 chapters in 3 parts as listed below:



Foreword by G.E. Apostolakis

2 Pages



2 Pages

Part 1.  Maintenance Management Definition and Characterization

Chapter 1

On the Definition of Maintenance Management

10 pages

Chapter 2

Maintenance Management Characterization: Process, Framework and Supporting Pillars

30 Pages

Part 2.  Basic Concepts for Complex System Maintenance

Chapter 3

The Failure Concept

5 Pages

Chapter 4

Failure Models

19 Pages

Chapter 5

Maintenance Concept

8 Pages

Chapter 6

Basic Maintenance Models

13 Pages

Part 3.  Developing the Maintenance Management Framework

Chapter 7

A Review of Key Decision Areas in Maintenance Management Modeling

8 Pages

Chapter 8

Definitions of Maintenance Objectives and Strategy

6 Pages

Chapter 9

Criticality Analysis for Asset Priority Setting

20 Pages

Chapter 10

Root Cause Failure Analysis for High Impact Weak Points

6 Pages

Chapter 11

A Method to Design the Maintenance Plan

23 Pages

Chapter 12

Models to Deal with Maintenance Capacity Planning

28 Pages

Chapter 13

Models to Deal with Maintenance Activities Planning

39 Pages

Chapter 14

Models to Deal with Maintenance Scheduling Issues

38 Pages

Chapter 15

Overall Maintenance Management Assessment

9 Pages

Chapter 16

Failures Impact on Life Cycle Cost Analysis

20 Pages

Chapter 17

Maintenance Continuous Improvement Through Organizational Efficiency

11 Pages

Chapter 18

The E-Maintenance Revolution

23 Pages



5 Pages

As the table of contents reflects the book has been organized in three distinct parts. The first part discusses the basic definitions and requirements of maintenance management such as planning, scheduling and execution including assessment and improvements. The second part provides necessary background in understanding


what constitutes a failure and what is required of a maintenance programme. This part also discusses various maintenance policy models , such as replacement models (constant interval and age based) partial with minimum repairs and imperfect maintenance, shock based replacement and inspection models etc. The third part provides deep study of maintenance objectives and strategies. This part discusses the approaches to design maintenance plans with an aim to plan maintenance capacity, activities, scheduling and assessment. A good account of reliability centred maintenance (RCM) and its use for selection of maintenance activities is also provided. Very many tools, such as FMEA, Criticality Analysis, Root Cause Analysis, CPM and PERT methods etc  and their use in maintenance management find a place in this book. Markov models find a distinct place in the models for activity planning. Overall maintenance assessment includes assessing operational dependability comprising operational availability, reliability and maintainability.

The author has done a good job of complementing the book by including a well-written chapter on e-maintenance thereby providing a complete account of the on-going efforts and innovations in the area of maintenance planning, execution and improvements. In short, the author must be complimented for bringing out a complete book on maintenance management, which will be found useful by the practicing maintenance managers and engineers of all industries and organizations.

Krishna B. Misra


Review published in the International Journal of Performability Ebgineering, Vol. 5, No. 5, October 2009, p. 462.

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