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: Machinery quality assessment on twin-screw compressors

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Machinery quality assessment (MQA) is similar to bid conditioning, and both relate to structured efforts.

Reliability: Overcome biases and challenges facing industry

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

When asked about the challenges facing the hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI), our answer was swift and direct: The trials we face are bundled, or can be found, in lessons some of us learned decades ago. However, lessons learned and explained decades ago were often disregarded by managers with a short-range focus.

How small deviations and lack of management access compromise reliability

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

In 2013, Refinery “X” was experiencing serious pump distress—the third or fourth in a 12-month period. We received calls about the latest thrust bearing failure event on this important 3,560-rpm process pump. Soon after, a surprisingly similar incident happened at Refinery “Y” in 2015. Both incidents are considered here.

Reliability: Principles are more important than strategies

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

A number of US oil refineries have recently asked the question, “When should an equipment repair be classified as rework?”

Reliability: Transform ODR-OPPM into a worthwhile initiative

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

ODR, which stands for operator-driven reliability, has recently morphed into a new arrangement of letters: OPPM.

Reliability: Avoid pump shaft failures

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

We welcome and thrive on questions from reliability engineers and try to answer some as best we can.

Reliability: Combine metallurgical, structural and physics know-how

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

We recently received an update on the capabilities of a modern professional entity that combines metallurgical, structural and practical applied physics know-how in a US Gulf Coast location

Reliability: Interpreting API Standard 618 for reciprocating compressors

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

A rotating machinery engineer working for an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor in India is often involved in selecting reciprocating compressors for hydrocarbon processing plants.

Advances in dry gas seal technology for compressors

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff; Carmody, C., AESSEAL plc

Compressor owner-operators now have unprecedented and solidly verifiable options.

HP Reliability: No fast path to maintenance brilliance

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Many years ago, the vice president of a major steam turbine manufacturing company was called to give a legal deposition in Canada.