Course detail

Operation, Maintenance and Reliability of Machines

FSI-EPSAcad. year: 2021/2022

The subject is focused on the most sophisticated knowledge about service and maintenance of machines. Emphasis is laid on the means of fail-safety maintenance, theory of system maintenance and the current trends in maintenance. The principles of Industry 4.0 are also clarified in view of the impacts on the modern machine maintenance and instrumentation. Attention is also devoted to technical diagnostics and its application in maintenance. In this context, tribology and tribodiagnostics, lubricants and lubrication systems are discussed, as often a neglected part of service and maintenance of machines. Failures of machine nodes and their identification are presented. The subject is also devoted to the organizational structure and the maintenance management, economy and maintenance performance evaluation as well as quality management and maintenance risks. All mentioned above is discussed in view of machine failure-free operation.

Language of instruction


Number of ECTS credits


Mode of study

Not applicable.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Pursuant to the course contents, students will acquire broad knowledge in the field of operation and maintenance of machines, which will allow them to competently engage in solving various problems related to the area in question in industrial engineering and electrotechnic practice.


Knowledge of reliability and technical diagnostics from the so-far completed bachelor-level studies is assumed.


Not applicable.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The subject consists of lectures and tutorials. The lectures are focused on the basic principles and the theory of problems. Attention is concentrated on the utilization, and mainly on the practical application of knowledge which the students have gained in the subject of „The Principles of Technical Diagnostics“ and „The Principles of Reliability“. Tutorials are focused on the practical knowledge gained in the lectures, and in an appropriate semester section completed with computer support. Depending upon the possibilities, the lectures of the specialists from industrial practice as well as the excursions in the companies, whose activities relate to the subject, are also organized.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

The course consists of exercises and lectures. Exercise is completed by credit (awarded in the 13th week). To obtain it is required 100% participation in exercises and activity in exercises. Students will work out the individual work in the prescribed range and quality. Based on the quality of the work in the exercise, the student earns up to 30 points for the exam The work must be submitted in writing and checked and recognized by the teacher. The test is realized by written test, student can get up to 70 points from this test, where 30 points from exercises. Evaluation of the test result is given by the ECTS grading scale.

Course curriculum

Not applicable.

Work placements

Not applicable.


The objective of the course is to obtain theoretical knowledge and practical experience in the operation and maintenance of machines.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

The students’ participation in seminars and activity. 100% participation in seminars is required; in case of absence, the student is obliged to substitute for the missed tuition in a way determined by the lecturer.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Prerequisites and corequisites

Not applicable.

Basic literature

VOŠTOVÁ,V.; HELEBRANT,F.; JEŘÁBEK, K. Provoz a údržba strojů. 1. vydání. Praha: vydavatelství ČVUT Praha, 2002. 124 s. ISBN 80-01-02531-4. (CS)
HELEBRANT,František. Technická diagnostika a spolehlivost, IV. Provoz a údržba strojů. 1. vydání. VŠB – Technická univerzita Ostrava, 2008. 130 s. ISBN 978-80-248-1690-6. (CS)
LEGÁT,V. a kol. Management a inženýrství údržby. 2. vydání. Příbram: vydavatelství PROFESSIONAL PUBLISHING, 2016. 622 s. ISBN 987-80-7431-163-5. (CS)

Recommended reading

LEGÁT,V.; POŠTA,J.; JURČA,V.;FLEGL,R.;HRNČÍŘ,P. Systémy managementu jakosti a spolehlivosti v údržbě. 1. vydání. Česká společnost pro jakost, 2007. 192 s. ISBN 978-80-02-01949-7. (CS)
BLOOM, N. Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM): Implementation Made Simple. McGraw-Hill Professional. 2006. 291 s. ISBN 978-0071460699. (EN)
NYMAN, D. Maintenance Planning, Coordination & Scheduling. 2. edition. Industrial Press, Inc. 2010. 300 p. ISBN-13: 978-0831134181. (EN)
PALMER, R. Maintenance Planning and Scheduling Handbook. 2. edition. McGraw-Hill Professional. 2005. 821 p. ISBN-13: 978-0071457668. (EN)
DUFFUAA, S. O., RAOUF, A. Planning and Control of Maintenance Systems. Modelling a Analysis. 2. vydání. Springer International Publishing AG, Switzerland, 2016. 348 s. ISBN 9783319371818. (EN)
MYSHKIN, N. K, MARKOVA, L.V. On-line Condition Monitoring in Industrial Lubrication and Tribology. 227 s. Springer, 2017. ISBN 9783319611341. (EN)
MOHANTY A.R. Machinery Condition Monitoring: Principles and Practices. CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida, USA, 2014. 282 s. ISBN 9781466593053. (EN)
GALAR, D., KUMAR, U., SANDBORN, P. Maintenance Costs and Life Cycle Cost Analysis. Boca Raton: CRC Press, 2017. 1. vydání. 516 s. ISBN 9781498769556. (EN)


Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme B-STR-P Bachelor's

    specialization SSZ , 2. year of study, winter semester, compulsory
    specialization STG , 2. year of study, winter semester, compulsory
    specialization KSB , 2. year of study, winter semester, compulsory

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Specification of quality and reliability terms, terminology in reliability, mathematical tools in reliability
2. Reliability indicators for objects unrecovered and recovered
3. System reliability increase, reliability tests
4. Failure /consequence analysis
5. Machine service, the relationship between service and maintenance, basic terms related to the theory maintenance, standards, and legislation
6. Fail-safety maintenance means
7. Theory of system maintenance
8. Reengineering of maintenance
9. Organization and management of maintenance
10. Economy and maintenance performance evaluation
11. Quality management in maintenance, qualification in maintenance
12. Current maintenance trends, technical diagnostics, modern approaches in maintenance, Industry 4.0


18 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Mathematical tools for reliability
2. Reliability management – selected issues
3. Reliability and failures of machines and instrumentation
4. Reliability indicators from unrecovered and recovered objects
5. Failure /consequence analysis
6. Reliability tests and system reliability
7. Description, analysis of machine node failures with an emphasis on machine/instrumentation maintenance
8. Organization and management of maintenance
9. Credit

Computer-assisted exercise

8 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Mathematical tools in reliability
2. Reliability indicators for unrecovered objects and for recovered objects
3. Software for maintenance organization and management – introduction
4. Software for maintenance organization and management - case study solution