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: 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.

Reliability: Things to ponder when specifying sensor technology for pumps

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The application of wireless sensors to monitor process pump hydraulic performance and defect progression in the power end of pumps is of interest to pump users.

Reliability: How to deal with time thieves and knowledge parrots

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

We recently corresponded with an engineer-manager who divides his time between managing a highly productive group of product developers and a growing number of callers that are interested in the innovative solutions his company offers.

Business Trends: The case for teaching competence—Part 2

Brister, D., Shea Capability & Compliance Solutions; Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Readers who have had the misfortune of being drawn into debates over the precise definitions of words or terms might agree that much time can be lost in unproductive squabbling.