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Illustrated Sourcebook of Mechanical Components Hardcover – April 27, 2000

ISBN-13: 063-9785319511 ISBN-10: 0070486174 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1056 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional; 1 edition (April 27, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0070486174
  • ISBN-13: 978-0070486171
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 8.9 x 2.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #375,478 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Robert O. Parmley (Ladysmith, WI) is President and Principal Consulting Engineer of Morgan & Parmley, Ltd., Professional Consulting Engineers. He is a member of the Nat’l Soc. of Professional Engineers, ASME, the Construction Specifications Institute, the American Design Drafting Assoc., ASHRAE, and SME. He holds a BSME and MSCE from Columbia Pacific University and is a registered professional engineer in Wisconsin, California and Canada. He is also a certified manufacturing engineer and certified wastewater treatment plant operator. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Standard Handbook of Fastening and Joining 3/e, Field Engineer’s Manual 2/e, HVAC Field Manual, the Hydraulics Field Manual, the HVAC Design Data Sourcebook, and the Mechanical Components Handbook, all published by McGraw-Hill.

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The illustrations show each idea without exraneous parts, and the accompanying explanations are very clear.
Roy Ames
I also purchased a companion volume "Mechanisms and Mechanical Devices Sourcebook", which I also highly recommend.
Trevor Low
I satisfied with the information and quality of the books , and this is what I am looking for....thank you.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By David M. Nelson, PE on April 11, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I can't thank the author enough for the Illustrated Sourcebook of Mechanical Components. It is as interesting to study as any book I've seen in a long, long time. It is as engrossing as a crossword puzzle can sometimes be. My observation is that the sourcebook presents an almost limitless smorgasbord of engineering examples and principles seasoned with a unique sauce of tinkerer's ingenuity and common sense. Thanks again for the Illustrated Sourcebook of Mechanical Components. It will be the jewel of my professional library.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Roy Ames on August 13, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I am an ME for a company which builds CNC's, and like the book very much. The illustrations show each idea without exraneous parts, and the accompanying explanations are very clear. It also has tables and equations to lay out some of the mechanisms. It is an excellent idea jogger and has good entertainment value for people who are mechanically inclined.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Omer F Cagirgan on November 30, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I'm a senior in mechanical engineering and I've found this book so compact and informative that it should be a piece of every mechanial engineers own library. It contains brief-but understandable and also illustrated passages about nearly every mechanical component that one can encounter.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By OlioMio on February 21, 2007
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I am a farmer who enjoys making machinery. I design my contraptions on paper, then using a CAD program to refine the designs. Having no training in engineering I am frequently using references such as "Machinery's Handbook" and "Moving The Earth" and "Mark's Standard handbook of Mechanical Engineering" and others.

I have to say, that Parmley's book is a treasure trove of information, with heaps of unusual ideas for common compnents such as O-rings, rubber balls, pipe connections, washers and many others, plus hard information about more complex components such as gearboxes, cams, governors etc etc.

This is a big book, with many pages (numbering within each section only), lovely clear diagrams, and enough but not too many tables, formulae and specifications. It can be browsed cover to cover, (as I am doing for the 2nd or 3rd time), open a page at random and be fascinated, or look up specific topics in the excellent index.

I have read the other reviews on this book, and clearly it is a valuable rescource to professionals. I can tell you that it is also a fantastic mine of information to the interested amateur.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Low on January 27, 2003
Format: Hardcover
The last few favourable reviews cover my thoughts well, but I would like to add that this large volume far exceeded my expectations in terms of both depth of content and quality. This is an amazing value for anyone who works with mechanical components. While its focus is on illustrations of the components themselves, it also includes detailed explanations with graphs, formulae, etc. So it's also a how-to book of sorts. I also purchased a companion volume "Mechanisms and Mechanical Devices Sourcebook", which I also highly recommend.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By J. Wilson on February 14, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Illustrated Sourcebook of Mechanical Components has lots and lots and lots of line drawings of machinery components. The drawings are clear and simple. Each is accompanied by a well written description, usually a few lines but longer if needed. An interesting book for anyone mechanically inclined. For engineers there are tables and formulas where needed. A great book.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Paul C. Stearns on October 2, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This volume contains the most comprehensive list of mechanical components and variations on any given theme that I've seen in one place. Additionally there are significant extensions to computation methods and overviews not found elsewhere. It is an extremely high value book.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Battles on December 30, 2009
Format: Hardcover
The Illustrated Sourcebook of Mechanical Components has a great amount of information that is nearly invaluble for practicing engineers. It is a staple of my library and I turn to it first when I need ideas on a new design. However, the quality of the book construction itself is extremely poor. The pages are not sewn in signatures, but are instead glue-backed single sheets as you would see in a perfect bound paperback. Unlike a paperback though, the spine is hollow, so there is no support for the text block. Intended as a reference book, the construction is more suited to a mass-market romance novel, and will not stand up to the rigors of the intended usage. Even with careful use, I've had pages fall out and the text block separate in the middle. For $130, McGraw-Hill should be ashamed. I will not be buying any reference book from them without being able to see it in person first.
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