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.

HP Reliability: Consider high-pressure throttle bushings made from fluoropolymers

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

In February 2004, I reported on how horizontal multistage pumps could be upgraded with a high-performance plastic produced by DuPont, Vespel CR-6100.

HP Reliability: Hire or train a reliability professional?

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The statistics on job seekers with college degrees and job seekers qualified to do the work for which they actually apply will differ.

HP Reliability: Reader feedback: How one manager views Pareto’s 80/20 rule

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

In March, Hydrocarbon Processing obtained feedback on its February “Reliability” column.

Consider Zone 0 vertical pumps for slop pits

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Over the past several decades, a leading overseas HPI corporation experienced a disturbing number of explosions in its belowground hydrocarbon sump pits.

HP Reliability: Ten sure steps to substandard reliability performance

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Equipment reliability can be enhanced or jeopardized by many different actions, inactions, commissions and omissions. Reliability may be a hollow term to many. Still, first and foremost, a reliable plant is a safe plant.

HP Reliability: Trends from the 2015 AFPM Maintenance and Reliability Conference

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Over the decades, there have been good and not-so-good trends presented at this event, and the 2015 maintenance and reliability conference was no exception.

HP Reliability: Update on steam turbine overspeed testing

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

An engineer working for a world-scale oil refinery in Asia-Pacific (AP) asked several questions on steam turbines: “I would like to know whether overspeed testing of steam turbines is recommended..

HP Reliability: Reassessing and updating electric motor bearing lubrication

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Over the past 25 years, this column has often dealt with electric motor lubrication. As listed in the recommended reading list, this subject is often asked and, of course, there are updates to the rec..

HP Reliability: The true cost of poor quality

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Knoxville, Tennessee-based System Improvements, Inc., has been in the forefront of teaching structured root-cause analysis throughout the world. System Improvements, Inc. has used its proprietary soft..

HP Reliability: Consider oil-resistant cable terminations to increase electric motor reliability

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Most engineers are familiar with adhesive-coated insulating tape used by electricians in the field and maintenance shop. If we use this tape in the engine compartment of an automobile, it will soon be..