Bloch, Heinz P.

Hydrocarbon Processing Staff, Montgomery, Texas

Heinz P. Bloch resides in Montgomery, Texas. His professional career commenced in 1962 and included long-term assignments as Exxon Chemical’s Regional Machinery Specialist for the U.S. He has authored or co-written more than 770 publications, among them 22 comprehensive books on practical machinery management, failure analysis, failure avoidance, compressors, steam turbines, pumps, oil mist lubrication and optimized lubrication for industry. Mr. Bloch holds BS and MS degrees (cum laude) in mechanical engineering from the Newark College of Engineering (NCE). He is an ASME Life Fellow and was awarded lifetime registration as a Professional Engineer in New Jersey. He is one of 10 inaugural inductees into NCE’s Hall of Fame, which honors its most distinguished alumni.

Reliability: Tips on marketing to the reliability-focused

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Technical writers and other communicators occasionally have cause to think about matters having to do with publication practices and why some publications have higher quality or more reader-relevant illustrations than others.

Reliability: Phased reopening of reliability improvement businesses

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Like many thousands of educational and operator training-related endeavors, reliability improvement training was abruptly suspended when the COVID-19 pandemic interrupted daily life as it was known prior to 2020.

Reliability: The case for in-house innovation

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

In 1987, a facility producing decaffeinated instant coffee was getting ready to start a novel process unit that included two large, vertically oriented, high-pressure reciprocating pumps in CO2 service.

Reliability: Finding a maintenance cost optimum

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

An Italian company is among those that design and build industrial machinery for the tissue industry.

Reliability: Don’t expect “yes” from someone authorized to say “no”

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Our lead case revolves around a comprehensive text on oil mist. It was issued in 1998 with a dust cover showing three oil cans.

Reliability: A good time to do reliability upgrading from home

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

An experienced writer of technical procedures for many years, “KM” recently gave us a stunning glimpse of the probable volume of “ripe, low-hanging fruit” that still exists in some hydrocarbon processing facilities, ready to be harvested from home.

Highlights from a maintenance and reliability audit

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Staffers in many plants in modern industry are assigned to job functions related to reliability assessment and implementation.

Reliability: Reliability engineering on offshore platforms

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Offshore platforms have had their fair share of successes and failures over the years, and to say that their reliability experiences contain lessons for all of us is an understatement.

Reliability: Strainers and thoughtful testing: Piping initiatives worth considering

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

In two separate cases, foresight in the use of strainers on piping and following proper procedures for hydrostatic testing are recommended to preserve the integrity of offshore platforms.

Reliability: Consider successful pump redesigns: Start with a clean sheet of paper

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

You may recognize the “pre-owned” pump in FIG. 1 as an axially split, between-bearing, multistage model. Chances are that half of its impellers face right-to-left and half of them face left-to-right. In that case, there must be an internal seal or bushing that limits leakage flow from the pump’s higher- to lower-pressure sections. There must also be porting or piping that takes flow from the discharge of the lower-pressure section to the suction of the higher section.