July 2019

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Reliability: Where to place a constant level lubricator

No substitute exists for following the laws of physics, hydraulics and plain common sense when dealing with machinery.

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

No substitute exists for following the laws of physics, hydraulics and plain common sense when dealing with machinery. The value of reasoning and understanding how components and subassemblies work should never be underestimated, as the following example will show. Consider it just one of hundreds that highlight why best practices should be consistently implemented,1 and why correctness is best verified by conducting periodic field audits. A reliability engineer located in the Caribbean wrote: “We are continuing to fight the battle to improve rotating equipment reliability here at the refinery. The issue about oiler location has again surfaced with the rotating equipment group disagreeing

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