December 2021

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Reliability: Disregarding storage preservation has consequences

As a rule, equipment to be installed at a plant site initially arrives at an outdoor storage yard.

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

As a rule, equipment to be installed at a plant site initially arrives at an outdoor storage yard. FIG. 1 shows a small section where, on occasion, more than 1,000 items of rotating machinery are stored under slight oil mist pressure. FIG. 1. Outdoor storage yard. Source: T. F. Hudgins. Experience shows that of 1,000 machines stored for 3 yr in this manner, no more than 60 have ever shown incipient bearing damage. With ambient air and atmospheric contaminants excluded, it can be reasoned that the bearings had slight damage at assembly or sustained damage while being transported over roadways with potholes or on railroads with discontinuities in t

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