Bloch, Heinz P.

Hydrocarbon Processing Staff,

Heinz P. Bloch resides in Westminster, Colorado. His professional career commenced in 1962 and included long-term assignments as Exxon Chemical’s Regional Machinery Specialist for the US. He has authored or co-written almost 700 publications, among them 20 comprehensive books on practical machinery management, failure analysis, failure avoidance, compressors, steam turbines, pumps, oil mist lubrication and practical lubrication for industry. Mr. Bloch holds BS and MS degrees (cum laude) in mechanical engineering. He is an ASME Life Fellow and maintains lifetime registration as a Professional Engineer in New Jersey.

Reliability: Could a company be its own worst enemy?

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

In a recent conversation with a “pump veteran,” we explored his 33 yr of experience with pump original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) from 1984–1997 and with a widely known non-OEM (1997–2017).

Reliability: Technology transfer training is most effective for small groups

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Training can take many different forms.

Reliability: Choices—Treat the symptom or define and eliminate the cause?

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

In an urgent communication, a paper plant customer reported that the mechanical seals in one of its ANSI pumps were moving axially whenever an unexpected process problem caused the normally liquid pumpage to turn into a thick, odorous gel.

Role statements needed for reliability job functions

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Experience shows that written role statements impart great value to industries that have reliability professionals on staff.

Reliability: Identify top ways to weather weak market conditions

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

New Jersey-based Carmagen Engineering Inc., a member of Mistras Group Inc., is a highly respected consulting engineering and project management firm comprising experienced subject matter experts (SMEs).

Reliability: Consider best available resources for reciprocating compressors

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Whether it is compressor selection, upgrading, routine maintenance, major maintenance, failure avoidance or failure analysis: Realize that the reciprocating compressor procurement and improvement options available today are surprisingly advantageous compared to the options of 30 yr ago.

Reliability: Oil in galvanized containers poses undue risk

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Professional advancement is often linked to obtaining certification. To prepare, the technician or engineer must study texts, culminating in taking a test or passing an exam that makes use of, or is based on, questions contributed by subject matter experts.

Reliability: Understanding right-angle gear backlash

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

By definition, all gear units have teeth. These teeth are designed and produced to a certain strength, or a defined force-on-tooth, or an allowable pressure-load on tooth.

Reliability: Achieve longer bearing life in rotary asphalt pumps

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

When a major asphalt manufacturer experienced random bearing wear in its gear pumps, there was justified concern.

Reliability: The risks of deferred compressor maintenance

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

At a recent conference attended by failure investigation professionals in San Antonio, Texas, a participant spoke about an explosion and fire event on a multistage horizontally opposed compressor in oxygen (O2) service. He had scant data, but he knew the machine did not have cylinder lubrication.