August 2012

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HP Reliability: Consider best-of-class lubrication practices

Last month’s column explained that all hydrocarbon processing (HP) facilities use machinery, and these machines require lubrication. Periodically auditing one’s lubrication practices is part..

Bloch, H. P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Last month’s column explained that all hydrocarbon processing (HP) facilities use machinery, and these machines require lubrication. Periodically auditing one’s lubrication practices is part of a thoughtful reliability assessment routine. Such reviews may uncover near-zero cost improvement opportunities that can have paybacks measured in days. More important, such improvements can rapidly move the plant to best-of-class performance level. Example audit. An audit conducted by the authors at a US-based worldscale, state-of-the-art, petrochemical plant proved rather revealing conditions. This particular facility deserved commendations for selecting appropriate lubricants for their

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