December 2010

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HP Reliability: Finding answers to library and training dilemmas

We don’t mind receiving and answering an occasional question. Questions allow us to assess the state of knowledge in industry. Sometimes, though, these questions indicate that the questioners hav..

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

We don’t mind receiving and answering an occasional question. Questions allow us to assess the state of knowledge in industry. Sometimes, though, these questions indicate that the questioners have not availed themselves of all the tools at their disposal. For reliability professionals to not insist on the conscientious pursuit of doing the right things and doing things right is a negative reflection on their diligence and competence. Their tolerance for repeat failures can boggle the mind. We have even seen claims that a particular equipment problem is unique and has never been experienced elsewhere. The statistical improbability of a petrochemical plant or refinery experiencing repea

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