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Category – Asset Condition Management Reference Books

Asset Condition Monitoring Management

Jack R. Nicholas Jr., P.E.
Hardcover, 286 pages

This book offers up-to-date information needed by decision makers and implementer interested in starting a new, or upgrading an existing, Asset Condition Management/PdM program, while aligning it with the most advanced thinking on asset management. It describes evolving technology, hardware and software, use of the Internet of Things (IoT), integrating ACM/PdM with SCADA and managing the massive amounts of data resulting from it, among many other practical factors and ideas needed for success. 

From Research to Reliability: Growing Up with Infrared Thermography

Robert P. Madding
Hardcover, 303 pages

Whether you’re an aspiring infrared thermographer or a long-term professional, Dr. Madding’s forty-plus years of technical and personal experiences will provide the information you need to excel. He has compiled the vast knowledge he has gained through his travels and on-the-job skills to create From Research to Reliability: Growing Up with Infrared Thermography

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Thomas J. Murphy and Allan A. Reinstra
Hardcover, 166 pages

In this book, the authors guide you through the use of ultrasound, step-by-step, with each chapter dedicated to an application and how the technology applies to that application. You will learn how the inspection should be carried out, along with real-life examples of how these applications are currently being applied. 

Basic Infrared Thermography Principles

Wayne Ruddock
Hardcover, 97 pages

Although this book does cover the most popular applications for infrared thermography, it provides deeper learning by explaining the physics and theory of this technology. Readers will be empowered to discover anomalies that could shut down your organization or worse, cause a serious accident or injury. Read this book to begin your journey to becoming a professional infrared thermographer or to refresh your knowledge if you already have some experience with infrared thermography. 

Introduction to Machinery Vibration 

Glenn D. White
Softcover, 214 pages

The purpose of this book is to serve as a reference text for the maintenance engineer and technician who is working with condition monitoring and predictive machinery maintenance technology. Broadly speaking, the subject is the principles of vibration theory and analysis as they apply to the determination of machine operating characteristics and deficiencies.  



Machinery Malfunction, Diagnosis and Correction

Robert C. Eisenmann Sr. and Robert C. Eisenmann Jr. 
Hardcover, 820 pages 

This book covers all three areas, presenting explanations of machinery characteristics, and the use of vibration measurements and analytical models. It covers an exceptionally broad range of process machinery, including industrial steam, gas and hydro turbines, centrifugal and reciprocating compressors, expanders, gear boxes, pumps, motors, blowers plus vertical and horizontal generators and drives.

Motor Electrical Vol. 1- Motor Theory, Construction, Characteristics, Vulnerabilities, and Failures

Jack R. Nicholas, Jr. P.E., and Geoffery Generalovic
Hardcover, 231 pages

Explains through drawings and photos the theory of how AC and DC motors work, how the most common motors found in commercial and industrial facilities are constructed, how they are characterized by their nameplate parameters and what points of vulnerability, failure modes and causes are most prevalent. 

Motor Electrical Vol. 2 – Technologies for Motor Manufacturing & Repair

Jack R. Nicholas, Jr. P.E. and Geoffery Generalovic
Hardcover, 131 pages

Contains descriptions, explanations, and case studies illustrating 12 diagnostic tests performed during motor manufacturing and repair. It includes a new and extremely valuable test method involving the use of polarization index curves called Polarization Index Profile Analysis. This test method determines the condition of insulation systems in all sized and types of motors in service, as well as during restoration short of total rewind. 

Motor Electrical Vol. 3 – Technologies for Motor Electrical Predictive Condition Monitoring

Jack R. Nicholas, Jr. P.E. and Geoffrey Generalovic
Hardcover, 195 pages

Describes seven technologies for motor electrical predictive condition monitoring, almost all of which have been developed and applied since about 1990. A chapter is devoted to using up to 15 predictive technologies to help refine condition assessments, since no single technology can detect all failure modes in motors. 

Motor Electrical Vol. 4 – Motor Reliability Program Management

Jack R. Nicholas, Jr. P.E. and Geoffrey Generalovic
Hardcover, 320 pages

Aimed at those who are contemplating starting or already engaged in some aspect of motor management, it provides practical, proven ideas on how to design, support and defend programs, how to make them continually improve and how to justify and obtain resources needed. 

Steam Turbine Performance and Condition Monitoring

Ray Beebe
Softcover, 251 pages

This book satisfies a true need; it answers questions. Written by a thoroughly practical engineer and university lecturer who also knows and elaborates on underlying theories as needed, it is truly connected to reality . It conveys the practical aspects of condition monitoring needed by industry. The purpose of the book is not only to explain techniques, but to enthuse plant engineers and maintenance people to apply them. 

The Practical Vibration Primer

Charles Jackson
Hardcover, 113 pages

Even though this book is over 25 years old, The Practical Vibration Primer contains material not presented in other publications and is therefore considered a classic. The book is filled with ideas on good machine practice that will help the user not only understand what is important, but what responses occur when trouble occurs. It deals with the basics: alignment, balancing, and vibration of machines.  

The Visual Management Handbook

Mary Jo Cherney and Robert Dapere
Softcover, 91 pages

This guide will show the many benefits of visual management and give you visual tips on how to implement visual management in your own company. Your journey now begins into the visual management world, a world with very few words, but many, many images. 



Trap Pro guide

Bill Holub
Softcover, 64 pages

Information in this book is based on the author’s thirty years of technical field experience with process control instrumentation and the generation and utilization of steam. This practical and technical knowledge in both areas was acquired from leaders in the food, refining, petrochemical and other industries who have assisted in successfully pinpointing and solving chronic, costly process problems for their companies. 

The Simplified Handbook of Vibration Analysis Vol. 1

Art Crawford
Hardcover, 175 pages

Volume 1 begins by discussing how mechanical systems vibrate in response to forcing functions. This leads to a discussion of vector representation of force, creating a foundation for the analysis techniques discussed later in the handbook. The various types of transducers that can be used to collect vibration data are explained in detail, along with strengths and weaknesses of each type. 

The Simplified Handbook of Vibration Analysis Vol. 2

Art Crawford
Hardcover, 344 pages

Volume 2 focuses on applied vibration analysis. There are chapters focusing on vibration sources and analysis techniques for specific machinery: fans, pumps, motors, compressors, turbines, and engines. Other chapters discuss vibration considerations for power transmission components such as gears, belts, chains, universal joints, and flexible couplings. 

Oil Analysis Basics 2nd Edition

Jim Fitch and Drew Troyer
Softcover, 192 pages

Oil Analysis Basics presents the fundamentals of oil analysis for machinery condition monitoring in an easy to understand format. You will learn everything from how to take a proper oil sample to how to select a test slate for your applications. With more than 90 illustrations, figures and lookup tables, you’ll reference Oil Analysis Basics for years to come.

Wear Particle Atlas

Daniel Anderson reprinted by Noria Corporation 

The Wear Particle Atlas provides information for the identification of various wear particle types, the description of wear modes that generate these particles, the consequences of these wear modes, and description of the techniques that facilitate wear particle analysis.

Sourcebook for Used Oil Elements

Jim Fitch 

Does Your Oil Analysis Report Reveal…
Cr in your hydraulic fluid? Mn in your compressor lubricant? Cu in your gear oil?

Quit guessing what these elements are and how they got into your oil. The Sourcebook or Used Oil Elements can help you pinpoint the source.

Machinery Oil Analysis – Methods, Automation, and Benefits 3rd Ed. 

Larry A. Toms
Hardcover, 506 pages

Machinery Oil Analysis uniquely presents the entire practice of oil analysis as a condition monitoring tool for machines. This in-depth analysis describes the what, when, where and how-to for; Examples are given to highlight each step in the sampling, testing and diagnostic process. The work presents the latest advances in technology and instrumentation, including on-line sensors and their application.

Condition Monitoring Standards Vol. 1-4 Combo


The foundation to a Preventive Maintenance System
The CMS combo includes all four volumes (1-4) of our Condition Monitoring Standards (CMS). Condition Monitoring Standards (CMS) are the building blocks of a documentation system created by IDCON for setting up and running a preventive maintenance, essential care and condition monitoring (PM/ECCM) system in any industry.

The Combo is available in English and Spanish languages.

Each CMS has been carefully compiled by IDCON together with master craftspeople, supervisors and operators from many plants.

Along with your 4 CMS books, you’ll receive Knocking Bolts, a new book by Christer Idhammar.


  1. Condition Monitoring Standards Vol. 1
  2. Condition Monitoring Standardss Vol. 2 
  3. Condition Monitoring Standardss Vol. 3 
  4. Condition Monitoring Standardss Vol. 4