December 2015

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HP Reliability: No fast path to maintenance brilliance

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

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. It had been alleged that oversights or engineering malpractice by his firm had caused issues with the company’s mechanical-drive steam turbines. During the unavoidable back-and-forth arguments, the VP made the statement that the same problems tend to reappear in 30-year cycles. In essence, he believed that corporations have memories that go blank every 30 years. A recent email from a reader reminded the author of the VP’s 30-year cycle comment. The reader wrote: I work for a well-known petroleum company, and have a role in a project that focuses on designin

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