Consider both actual and virtual spare parts inventory

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Globally, hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI) facilities operate hundreds of thousands of fluid machinery assets. The various service-specific internal components of these assets are supported by ma..

HP Integration Strategies: Asset information management improves life cycle benefits for equipment

Rio, R., ARC Advisory Group

Traditionally, the various production management and asset management systems in the hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI) and other heavy industries resided in silos with separate management, archite..

HP Reliability: Fact-checking list from recent reliability conferences

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Whenever HP editors attend technical conferences, their primary goals include observing industry practices, finding facts and spotting trends. Fact or fictionUnfortunately, presenters sometimes relate..

HP Reliability: How the best lubricant provides added value

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

In November 2012, a highly competent lubrication engineer and I met again at the ExxonMobil Maintenance and Productivity Improvement Symposium in San Antonio, Texas. We talked about the small, but pes..

HP Reliability: Top three ways to improve pump service life

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Experienced reliability professionals know that even the premier equipment standards used in the HPI occasionally fall short of defining the best, most reliable, or safest available technology.

HP Innovations: Innovations

Blume, Adrienne, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

UK firm patents mid-scale LNG technologyGasconsult Ltd. has announced the award of a patent for its new ZR-LNG liquefaction process. ZR-LNG has best-in-class energy efficiency for mid-scale liquefied ..

HP Reliability: TAMU Turbo and Pump symposiums still leading

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Beginning in 1971, the Turbomachinery Laboratory of Texas A&M University (TAMU) organized the first of now 41 consecutive annual turbomachinery symposiums, now known as the TAMU Turbo. In 1984, Texas ..

HP Reliability: Upgrade the design of vertical, multistage centrifugal pumps in low-temperature services

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The overall mechanical design of most API-style vertical-column pumps (Fig. 1) comes close to meeting the expectations of modern pump users. Such pumps are often equipped with self oil-lubricated bear..

HP Reliability: Closed-oil-mist systems and maintenance cost avoidance

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

A recent Hydrocarbon Processing (HP) article conveyed an industry finding that dates back several decades: Oil mist successfully lubricates operating machinery, protects and preserves standby equipmen..

HP Engineering Case Histories: Case 70: Twenty rules for troubleshooting

Sofronas, A., Consulting Engineer

In previous Engineering Case History columns, I have discussed checklists and their value in avoiding errors during startups. While the rules cannot replace common sense or a logical and methodical ap..