February 2011

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HP Reliability: Alignment choices have consequences

Optimists tell us about steady industry trends toward reliability-imparting procedures and work processes, while realists continually make us aware of pressures to reduce expenditures. As outside obse..

Bloch, H. P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Optimists tell us about steady industry trends toward reliability-imparting procedures and work processes, while realists continually make us aware of pressures to reduce expenditures. As outside observers, we affirm that striving to reduce monetary outlay is quite commendable, but only as long as these aims don’t run counter to the professed longer-term reliability improvement objectives. Conflicting issues are often alluded to in queries that we receive from readers. For instance, we were asked if we knew of literature that quantifies the merits of precision alignment for pumps, and if it’s really appropriate to shun old-style methods. Modern vs. old school. With modern alignm

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