December 2002

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HP Reliability: Purposeful specifications will save you money . . .

. . . As if you needed to be reminded, you might say. Nevertheless, industry continues to experience equipment and component failures that could have been avoided by simple root-cause a..

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

. . . As if you needed to be reminded, you might say. Nevertheless, industry continues to experience equipment and component failures that could have been avoided by simple root-cause analysis and appropriate specification followup. A recent motor shaft failure example will illustrate the point. Cold temperature performance. At a U.S. power plant, several electric motors in cold weather experienced severe bearing failures, followed - in at least one case - by massive shaft failure. The incidents were attributed to stiff grease not reaching the bearings. In response, a government regulatory agency sent out a message advoc

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