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Equipment Management in the Post-Maintenance Era

A new alternative to total productive maintenance (TPM)

Published: Monday, May 14, 2012 - 12:57

(Productivity Press: Boca Raton, FL) -- Recent advancements in information systems and computer technology have led to developments in equipment and robotic technology that have permanently changed the characteristics of manufacturing equipment. Equipment Management in the Post-Maintenance Era: A New Alternative to Total Productive Maintenance (TPM), by Kern Peng (Productivity Press, 2012), introduces a new way of thinking to help high-tech organizations manage an increasingly complex equipment base. It also facilitates the fundamental understanding of equipment management needed by those in traditional industries who must prepare for the emerging microchip era in equipment.

Peng shares insights gained through decades of managing equipment performance. Using a systems model to analyze equipment management, he introduces alternatives in equipment management that are currently gaining momentum in high-tech industries. The book highlights the fundamental internal flaw in maintenance organizational setup, presents new approaches to replace maintenance functional setup, and illustrates a time-tested transformation and implementation process to help transition your organization from the maintenance era to the new, post-maintenance era.

The book examines maintenance management logistics, including planning and budgeting, training and people development, customer services and management, vendor management, and inventory management. Supplying a comprehensive look at the history of equipment management, it analyzes current maintenance practice and details approaches that can significantly improve the effectiveness and efficiency of your equipment management well into the future.


• Covers maintenance logistics such as planning for headcount, budget, and inventory management
• Highlights the fundamental internal flaw in maintenance organizational setup
• Provides a systems model for analyzing equipment management
• Proposes new approaches to replace maintenance functional setup 
• Outlines a transformation and implementation process
• Breaks down the history of equipment into five phases
• Provides a clear understanding of equipment management fundamentals
• Introduces alternatives in equipment management beyond the mainstream principles of maintenance management


• Introduction
• History of Equipment Management
• Introduction to the Post-Maintenance Era
• General Maintenance Concepts and Practices
• Maintenance Management Logistics
• Maintenance Performance Indicators
• Computerized Maintenance Management Systems
• The Systems View of the Equipment Management Process
• New Changes in the Post-Maintenance Era
• Transformation and Implementation

About Kern Peng

Kern Peng holds two doctorate degrees, one in mechanical engineering specializing in nanocomposite materials, and the other in business administration specializing in operations management. He also holds an MBA in computer information systems and a bachelor of science in industrial engineering.

Peng designed and has been teaching the Equipment Management course at Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, California, since 2001. In addition, he regularly teaches four other master-level courses in engineering management at SCU. Before that, he also taught MIS courses at San Jose State University in San Jose, California.

Peng has more than 26 years of people and project management experience in engineering and manufacturing, with more than 19 years at Intel. He has mastered all aspects of engineering and manufacturing management, and has proven results in finding innovative solutions to business and engineering problems. He has been accorded more than 50 career awards in the areas of engineering design, software development, technical paper publication, problem resolution, project management and execution, teamwork, and leadership.


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For more than 25 years, Productivity Press has developed the largest catalog available anywhere of publications and learning tools about lean methodology, continuous improvement, and operational excellence. It is currently the premier source of authoritative information on organizational transformation. Productivity Press is an imprint of CRC Press, a premier global publisher of science, technology, and medical resources. Its aim is to broaden thinking and advance understanding in the sciences, providing researchers, academics, professionals, and students with the tools they need to share ideas and realize their potential. CRC Press is a member of Taylor & Francis Group, an informa business.