Bloch, Heinz P.

Hydrocarbon Processing Staff, Montgomery, Texas

Heinz P. Bloch resides in Montgomery, Texas. He retired as Exxon Chemical’s Regional Machinery Specialist for the U.S. and has authored or co-written more than 780 publications, among them 23 comprehensive books on practical machinery management, failure analysis, failure avoidance, compressors, steam turbines, pumps, oil mist lubrication and optimized lubrication for industry. Mr. Bloch holds BS and MS degrees (cum laude) in mechanical engineering from the Newark College of Engineering (NCE). He is one of 10 inaugural inductees into NCE’s Hall of Fame, which honors its most distinguished alumni.

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 Reliability: Equipment life extension involves upgrades

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Every plant wants to get more service life from site machinery. Since about 1990, quite a number of start-up consulting companies have formed to advise clients on equipment life extension. These compa..

HP Reliability: When not to use oil rings

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

For process pumps in particular size and duty categories, oil rings are rarely, if ever, the most reliable means for lubricant application. Oil rings tend to skip and even abrade, as shown in Fig. 1, ..

Modernize your compressor lube- and seal-oil systems

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Each pipe or control line should be traced to its origin, the design intent must be well understood, and all owner-purchaser questions answered by the vendor-manufacturer.

HP Reliability: Consider best-of-class lubrication practices

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Last month’s column explained that all hydrocarbon processing (HP) facilities use machinery, and these machines require lubrication. Periodically auditing one’s lubrication practices is part..

HP Reliability: Rethink your auditing of lubrication practices

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

All hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI) facilities use machinery, and every one of these machines requires lubrication of some type. Modern, profitability-minded plants thoughtfully manage their lub..

HP Reliability: Pumps and the Bhopal connection

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

In the 2012 June issue of Hydrocarbon Processing, our readers will find a highly informative article that should remind equipment specialists of their professional and ethical responsibilities. These ..

Who should you call for process pump repair?

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Amid pump industry consolidation, independent shops can provide upgrade and repair services for key process equipment.

Improve seal designs for ‘dirty’ services

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff; Grove, T., AESSEAL plc

Amid regulatory legislation issues, a compliance strategy can drive solutions to optimize reliability of rotating equipment.

HP Reliability: Avoid unnecessary developments

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Innovative thinking is appropriate in the hydrocarbon processing industry, and tremendous forward movement has occurred over the past 30 years. Innovation is to be commended, unless we invent or disco..