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: Improve condition monitoring with shock pulse technology

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Shock pulse technology is generally well known to vibration analysts and reliability technicians. A handheld combination of sensor and display meter would typically be used to detect discontinuities in bearings and would respond to the impact of two masses. The resulting shockwaves will create a shock pulse of a certain magnitude that commonly manifests itself at a particular repeat frequency. The respective magnitude of relevant excursions and their trends can be observed by the person entrusted with the monitoring task.

Reliability: Viewing issues out of context may be a waste of time

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

An alternative to the above title would be “Test your rotating equipment engineers’ IQ.”

Reliability: Comparing and updating aeration blower technologies

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

As the main consumers of electricity in a wastewater treatment plant, aeration blowers can significantly affect the overall cost of plant operation.

Reliability: Find the cause of black oil in pump bearing housings

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

While on consulting assignments, observant reliability engineers often uncover (or rediscover) failure initiators that their long-departed colleagues experienced years ago.

Pumps handicapped by not using best available technology

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Pump lubrication deficiencies are often denied, and the outstanding reliability performance of oil mist is vastly underreported.

Reliability: Where to place a constant level lubricator

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

No substitute exists for following the laws of physics, hydraulics and plain common sense when dealing with machinery.

Reliability: Know the pitfalls of excessively high oil viscosity

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Since its inception in June 1990, more than half of the 347 “HP Reliability” columns published in Hydrocarbon Processing have incorporated consulting experiences and communications that span the globe.

Reliability: How “Equifactor” training meets the needs of industry

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Almost three decades ago, a Knoxville-based company fittingly called System Improvements (“SI”) decided to change the way the world solves problems.

Reliability: Safe fluid machines are our responsibility

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Early in our training as engineers, we developed the ability to collect and evaluate data.

Reliability: Where asset reliability must begin in refineries and petrochemical plants

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Numerous articles on asset reliability have been published in the decades since 1970.