February 2022

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Reliability: Resourcefulness solves problems

In the now almost 32 yr since this monthly column was first published, we have had more than a few occasions to highlight the pitfalls of trial-and-error solutions in plants that process toxic, flammable or explosive materials.

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

In the now almost 32 yr since this monthly column was first published, we have had more than a few occasions to highlight the pitfalls of trial-and-error solutions in plants that process toxic, flammable or explosive materials. So, why not mention two fine examples where resourceful action by subject matter experts (SMEs) has solved problems? A bumper sticker becomes a coupling stretch monitor Forty-seven years ago, in late 1975, an SME with a well-balanced combination background that was both practical and theoretical participated in commissioning an important centrifugal compressor train at a facility in France. He knew that the long span between the respective shaft ends of the large ce

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