To manufacture quality products or provide services at competitive prices is essential to survive in today s business climate. We are forced to look for better ways of doing things on continual basis. To meet customer s needs on their schedule requires (high) availability and reliability of equipment and systems when they are needed. In the maintenance and reliability (M&R) field, professionals are constantly challenged to implement the best way to ensure equipment is available as and when it is needed at a reasonable cost. These are called best practices. But it is not as simple as putting something into effect. To truly realize a best practice requires learning, re-learning, benchmarking and implementing better ways of ensuring high reliability and availability of equipment and systems. Maintenance & Reliability Best Practices is designed to support that learning process. Written by professionals with 60 plus years of shop floor and management experience in a variety of industries, this practical resource will help seasoned professionals and novices understand the basic principles of maintenance and reliability. Written in an easy-to-read format, each chapter discusses the concepts with specific questions and answers. Each topic answers the what, why or how of the topic being presented. Understanding and implementing M&R practices in a cost-effective way is essential. This is perfect book for designers who design the equipment; operators who operate; and maintainers who maintain, as well as warehouse and store personnel who procure and supply materials; engineers who improve the reliability; and human resource professionals who provide and arrange for a work force. Students specializing in the M&R field will also benefit.