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HP Engineering Case Histories: Case 70: Twenty rules for troubleshooting

In previous Engineering Case History columns, I have discussed checklists and their value in avoiding errors during startups. While the rules cannot replace common sense or a logical and methodical ap..

Sofronas, T., Consulting Engineer

In previous Engineering Case History columns, I have discussed checklists and their value in avoiding errors during startups. While the rules cannot replace common sense or a logical and methodical approach, they can help avoid embarrassing situations. Here are 20 rules that are most helpful in troubleshooting: Rule 1 Never assume anything. “The new bearings are in stores, and they will be there if there is a failure” is an assumption. The bearings may not be in inventory; likewise, they can be corroded, damaged or, worse, the wrong size. Rule 2 Follow the data. The shaft failed due to a bending failure, because the bearing failed, because the oil system failed, because the

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