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Heinz P. Bloch, P.E.

Heinz P. Bloch, P.E.
  • Profession: Process Machinery Consulting
  • Expertise: Oil & Gas, Rotating Equipment
  • Years Of Experience: 57+
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Heinz P. Bloch, P.E., holds BSME and MSME degrees from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He has written or co-authored over 700 articles and conference papers, including 20 full-length texts (45 Editions, some in foreign languages). He is an ASME Life Fellow and was awarded a life-time Professional Engineer’s License in New Jersey. He looks back on 57 years of experience, including a long technical career with the Exxon Corporation. He now resides in Houston/TX, but continues to advise process plants worldwide on reliability improvement and maintenance cost avoidance issues.

Specialties: Rotating Equipment Reliability Improvement; Failure Analysis and Avoidance; Maintenance Cost Optimization: Pumps, Compressors, Steam Turbines, Machine Components incl. Bearings, Conventional Lubrication, Oil Mist Lubrication, Mechanical Seals, Couplings, etc.

Degrees and Licenses: BSME, MSME; Professional Engineer in State of New Jersey

Biographic Highlights: Born in 1933, Germany. US Army Service 1955-1957. BSME, MSME  (cum laude), New Jersey Institute of Technology (1962). Owner/Principal of Process Machinery Consulting Co., which conducts training courses and consulting services worldwide. Recent work has been primarily in root cause failure identification, lubrication techniques, machinery repair cost reduction, and failure avoidance strategies. Formerly involved in design of high-speed machinery with Johnson & Johnson (1962-1964), and all aspects of machinery at Exxon Corporation (1965-1986). Retired from position as Exxon Chemicals’ USA Regional Machinery Specialist after line and senior staff assignments that included tours of duty in Italy, Spain, England, The Netherlands and Japan. Over 500 course presentations and/or troubleshooting and reliability improvement missions to most Exxon affiliate companies and to 43 different countries in Asia, Australia, Europe, Africa and North and South America. Provided litigation support in 58 component selection and lube-related machinery failures in US and International Courts of Arbitration, Washington, D.C. and London, UK.

Other Assignments and Publication Credits: Reliability Editor of Hydrocarbon Processing Magazine since 1990. Coordinator/Organizer of yearly International Process Plant Reliability Conferences 1992-2003.  Author/co-author of over 700 technical papers or articles, incl. 20 full- length textbooks, some of which were translated into Russian, Spanish, Portuguese, etc.:

Book Titles (45 Editions) incl.: <> Improving Machinery Reliability <> Machinery Failure Analysis and Troubleshooting <> Machinery Component Repair <> Major Machinery Maintenance <> Oil Mist Lube Handbook <> Process Plant Machinery <> Machinery Reliability Assessment <> Steam Turbine Technology <> Compressor Technology <> Practical Oil Mist Technology <> Reciprocating Compressor Operation and Maintenance <> Lubrication for Industrial Facilities <>Turbo-expander Technology <> Pump User/Life Extension Handbook <> Compressors and Modern Process Applications <> Pump Wisdom <> Compressors: How to Achieve High Reliability and Availability <> Petrochemical Machinery Insights <> Section Editor and Contributor to “Perry’s Handbook of ChE”

Awards and Patents:  Founding Member of Texas A&M University’s International Pump Users Symposium.  ASME Life Fellow; American Society of Lubrication Engineers’ Wilbur Deutsch Memorial Award (1982); ASME/STS Engineer of the Year Award (1995); ASME Frederick Smarro Plant Engineering Award (1999); ASME Distinguished Service Award (2001). Holder of seven US and foreign patents on high-speed machinery lubrication and component upgrading. Presentations to conference attendees worldwide on machinery reliability improvement, including to audiences of the ASME, AFPM (NPRA), TAPPI, AIChE, SMRP, STLE, Texas A&M Turbomachinery and A&M International Pump Symposia; also to hundreds of State and Private Entities on six Continents.

Posts By: Heinz P. Bloch, P.E.

  1. Select the right lubricant viscosity
  2. Lubrication Management (Part 3)
  3. Lubrication Management (Part 2)
  4. Lubrication Management (Part 1)
  5. Considerations for Impeller Trimming
  6. Mechanical Sealing Options for Long Pump Life
  7. Bearing Cages and Preload
  8. What You Need to Know About Pump Bearing Housings
  9. Things We Never Knew About Bearings
  10. Safety and Reliability: Piping & Gusseting for Process Pumps
  11. Piping Best Practices: Sliding Supports and Installation Sequence affect Pumps
  12. Epoxy-Filled Baseplates
  13. Why Pumpsets Should Not Be Installed in “As-Shipped” Condition
  14. Back Pull-Out Pumps

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