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HP Reliability: Notes from a consulting assignment

 "Machine failed; how do we fix it?" As a consulting engineer, one often gets this type of request. Unfortunately, the client sometimes has neither the time nor the interest to elicit the consult..

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

 "Machine failed; how do we fix it?" As a consulting engineer, one often gets this type of request. Unfortunately, the client sometimes has neither the time nor the interest to elicit the consulting engineers' input on anything but the obvious. There seems to be a subconscious fear that part of the blame would have to be placed on management inadequacies or that the fault lies with people instead of just metal parts. After a recent consulting assignment involving issues with fluid machinery, I asked the client to hear me out on issues that need to be addressed in hundreds of hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI) plants in the US and many places around the globe. We here at HP know them

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