Maintenance and Troubleshooting Book
This is the fifth book I have produced that has an ISBN, and the third that I have self-published under my company name.
I have posted before about what is involved in writing and publishing books, so I won’t go into that here. Suffice it to say It takes a lot of time to do, and you will probably never make enough to justify the time unless you write a best seller. This is very unlikely for technical books.
The book is 384 pages in length, paperback and has over 400 illustrations, most in color. There are 37 exercises on different topics, along with a final troubleshooting exercise based on a machine described in the book. Answers are in the back of the book.
Following is the table of contents:
11 What is: NTH University?
15 Machine/System Theory
53 Analog Signal Processing
68 Input Devices and Sensors
87 Instrumentation and P&IDs
96 Machine Safety Systems
108 Motor Control
117 Motion Control
127 Machine Vision
145 Programmable Controllers (PLCs)
209 Machines and Subsystems
225 Visualization and Notification(HMI/SCADA)
229 Operational Equipment Effectiveness (OEE)
239 Mechanical Tools and Techniques
252 Electrical Tools and Techniques
266 Understanding Schematics and Documentation
267 The “Sweet Machine”
314 Industrial Software
329 A Troubleshooting Journey
383 About the Author
The book is not particularly cheap, it lists for $75 and is sold on Amazon for anywhere from $56.41 to $68.85 as I look today. But it is a pretty thick book.
Something that makes this book a little different: it evolves. I have separated the book into 24 separate documents on my website in the Automation Academy, and have already modified a section (Input Devices and Sensors) and added a document to another (added a Cognex document to the Machine Vision section). Eventually if there are enough changes I will probably put out a revision. You have to be careful when you do that to not change the total length much.
One of the major reasons I published this book is so I can use it in my classes. I teach classes for plants across North America, mostly for PLC and HMI programming. I have also taught various custom maintenance and engineering courses, and this book contains a lot of that material.