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 750 publications, among them 21 books devoted to reliability improvement. The latest of these, Optimized Equipment Lubrication, Oil Mist Technology and Storage Preservation, was published in January 2020 by Reliabilityweb in Fort Myers, Florida. It describes many equipment-related traditions that should have been phased out long ago.

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.

Business Trends: The case for teaching competence—Part 1

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.

Reliability: Use procedures to do your job well

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Disregard for following detailed procedures at a petrochemical plant in Illinois proved costly.

Reliability: Pre-select a multidisciplinary failure analysis provider

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Suppose you are among the average mid-size plants that simply cannot afford to hire, train or otherwise employ subject matter experts (SMEs) in every one of the different disciplines within your company.

Reliability: Defining process hazard analysis and loss control advisory tasks

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The safety and reliability of fluid machinery has been the subject of hundreds of columns, books and articles over the past decades.

Reliability: How application engineers add value

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Making the vendor-manufacturer your technology provider has been our consistent advice to the user industries; we have recommended this highly effective approach for many decades.

Reliability: Better pumps and seals for HF service

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

In mid-2017, we received a well-written request from a young reliability engineer.

Reliability

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

With certain turbocompressor designs having changed as manufacturers and user-clients constantly push to increase output and efficiency, it pays to know if—and how—high-performance couplings (HPCs) have kept pace.

Reliability: Consider today’s canned motor pumps

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

We often make the mistake of letting our equipment selection decisions be governed by old data, anecdotes and traditions.