Heinz P. Bloch



Machine Reliability Books by Heinz P. Bloch, P.E

Mr. Bloch has written 17 books on practical machine management, reliability engineering, oil mist lubrication and similar topics.

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Pump Wisdom

Pump Wisdom

Heinz P. Bloch

John Wiley & Sons, Inc, 2011 - 210 pages

Learn all the basics about pumps in one place. Clearly written by an ace consultant, this manual for operators and specialists in the petroleum industry gives readers a concise overview of the mechanics of various pumps and reviews the specifications to be considered before a pump is purchased and installed. The straight-forward text explains pump hydraulics without need of involved mathematics and provides expert advice on installing centrifugal pumps in process plants. The book also emphasizes the mechanical aspects of pumps as it delves into misunderstandings and oversights on bearings, seals, impeller trimming, lubricant application, lubricant types, and much more.

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Pump User's Handbook

Pump User's Handbook: Life Extension

Heinz P. Bloch, Allan R. Budris

Taylor & Francis, 2010 - 500 pages

Now available in its fully revised third edition, this practical guide explains how to achieve consistently superior run lengths, low maintenance expenditures, and unexcelled safety and reliability in all of your pump applications. Written by two practicing engineers whose combined 80-years of experience include all conceivable facets of pumping technology, this handbook details what facilities must do to achieve superior performance and low life-cycle cost for pumps of all types and sizes.The Pump User's Handbook: Life Extension, Third Edition includes updates on straight-pipe requirements upstream of pump suction nozzles, details on temporary suction strainers, control strategies, detailed explanations and fully illustrated coverage of all API seal plans in use today, and case studies in mechanical seal upgrading. The demonstrated vulnerability of traditional oil slinger rings is contrasted against the sound rationale of solid oil flinger discs widely used in Europe. Small-scale oil mist lubrication units are highlighted and new field-installed pump vibration limits are tabulated.This new edition maintains a focus on modern canned motor pumps that now range to 700 hp and pressures in excess of 2000 psi. Recessed impeller pumps with advantageous axial-spiral discharge volutes and energy-efficient "Split-Flow" pumps are explained. The text also provides details on combining pump maintenance with systematic upgrading.Aimed at operating technicians, maintenance professionals, project engineers, reliability engineers and managers, the book is intended for every job function that comes in contact with process pumps. Utilities, power generation facilities, pulp and paper plants, consumer product manufacturers, pharmaceutical plants, mining operations, chemical and petrochemical plants, municipal works, oil and gas pipelines, and oil refineries are among those that can significantly profit from implementing the guidelines described in this unique, experience-based text.

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Oil Mist Lubrication

Oil Mist Lubrication: Practical Applications

Heinz P. Bloch, Abdus Shamim

The Fairmont Press, Inc., 1998 - Technology & Engineering - 286 pages

Oil mist lubrication is used on literally thousands of pumps and electric motors in the U.S. petrochemical industry. This lubrication method has been demonstrated to reduce rolling element bearing failures by as much as 90%, thus offering significant technical and economic advantages over other lubrication systems. This comprehensive guide book provides plant managers and maintenance engineers with a ready resource to understand the design parameters, application and economics of this important lubrication technology. The information presented is based on years of hands-on experience and extensive research which have clearly demonstrated the reliability and profitability advantages of oil mist lubrication in a broad spectrum of industrial settings. This is the first book to present specific user-oriented design details covering application for machine tools, pumps, electric motors and other rotating equipment in the paper, pharmaceutical, steel, petrochemical, textile and other process industries.

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Steam Turbine Technology

A practical guide to steam turbine technology

Heinz P. Bloch

McGraw-Hill Professional, 1995 - Technology & Engineering - 348 pages

Select low cost, high quality steam turbines quickly and easily. A must for plant engineers looking to stay competitive in today's intense global marketplace., Heinz P. Bloch's Practical Guide to Steam Turbine Technology takes you step-by-step through the art of designing and selecting more reliable, cost-efficient turbomachinery. It includes everything you need to master steam turbine technology--from basic types and controls to the Elliot Shortcut selection method for multivalve, multistage systems. You get fingertip access to critical data on casing design. . .mechanical drive bearings. . .impulse and reaction turbine rotors. . .blade design. . .governors and control systems. . .couplings. . .rotor dynamics. . .reaction vs. impulse steam turbines. . .performance degradation. . .transmission elements. . .shortcut graphical selection methods. . .and more.

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Maximising Machinery Uptime

Maximising Machinery Uptime: 5th Edition

Fred K. Geitner, Heinz P. Bloch

Gulf Professional Publishing, 2006 - Business & Economics - 661 pages

This fifth edition of Maximizing Machinery Uptime continues with the authors' extremely successful and highly respected methods of ensuring the proper maintenance and ongoing reliability of equipment. With its focus on prevention, the book covers optimum machinery management from design through installation and maintenance. This is an authoritative reference for maximizing the uptime of process equipment, as well as bridging the gap between the theory of "reliability engineering" and the practical, day-to-day measures that lead to machinery uptime. The authors use their decades of experience and draw upon real-world examples to demonstrate their techniques for equipment management, uptime maximization, and reduced maintenance costs. The text explores reliability assessment techniques such as Failure Mode, Effect Analysis, and Fault Tree Analysis of commonly encountered rotating machinery-- all highly effective techniques that the engineer can apply to maximize uptime and thereby maximize production and profitability.

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Reciprocating Compressors

Reciprocating Compressors

Heinz P. Bloch, John J. Hoefner

Gulf Professional Publishing, 1996 - Technology & Engineering - 419 pages

For anyone responsible for purchasing, servicing, or operating reciprocating compressors, this book discusses the theory of operation and explains how to install, troubleshoot, overhaul, and repair all types of compressors. This broad comprehensive text offers practical details on how to purchase, service, operate, and maintain compressors used in any of the process industries such as pulp and paper, mining, food processing, pharmaceuticals.

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Process Plant Machinery

Process Plant Machinery

Heinz P. Bloch, Claire Soares

Elsevier, 1998 - Technology & Engineering - 734 pages

Process Plant Machinery provides the mechanical, chemical or plant engineer with the information needed to choose equipment best suited for a particular process, to determine optimum efficiency, and to conduct basic troubleshooting and maintenance procedures.

Process Plant Machinery is a unique single-source reference for engineers, managers and technical personnel who need to acquire an understanding of the machinery used in modern process plants: prime movers and power transmission machines; pumping equipment; gas compression machinery; and mixing, conveying, and separation equipment. Starting with an overview of each class, the book quickly leads the reader through practical applications and size considerations into profusely illustrated component descriptions. Where necessary, standard theory is expertly explained in shortcut formulas and graphs. Maintainability and vulnerability concerns are dealt with as well.

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A practical guide to compressor technology

A Practical Guide to Compressor Technology

Heinz P. Bloch

John Wiley and Sons, 2006 - Technology & Engineering - 574 pages

A Complete overview of theory, selection, design, operation, and maintenance. This text offers a thorough overview of the operating characteristics, efficiencies, design features, troubleshooting, and maintenance of dynamic and positive displacement process gas compressors. The author examines a wide spectrum of compressors used in heavy process industries, with an emphasis on improving reliability and avoiding failure. Readers learn both the theory underlying compressors as well as the myriad day-to-day practical issues and challenges that chemical engineers and plant operation personnel must address.

The text features:

  • •Latest design and manufacturing details of dynamic and positive displacement process gas compressors
  • •Examination of the full range of machines available for the heavy process industries
  • •Thorough presentation of the arrangements, material composition, and basic laws governing the design of all important process gas compressors
  • •Guidance on selecting optimum compressor configurations, controls, components, and auxiliaries to maximize reliability
  • •Monitoring and performance analysis for optimal machinery condition
  • •Systematic methods to avoid failure through the application of field-tested reliability enhancement concepts
  • •Fluid instability and externally pressurized bearings
  • •Reliability-driven asset management strategies for compressors
  • •Upstream separator and filter issues


  • The text's structure is carefully designed to build knowledge and skills by starting with key principles and then moving to more advanced material. Hundreds of photos depicting various types of compressors, components, and processes are provided throughout.

    Compressors often represent a multi-million dollar investment for such applications as petrochemical processing and refining, refrigeration, pipeline transport, and turbochargers and superchargers for internal combustion engines. This text enables the broad range of engineers and plant managers who work with these compressors to make the most of the investment by leading them to the best decisions for selecting, operating, upgrading, maintaining, and troubleshooting.

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    Steam Turbines

    Steam Turbines: Design, application and rerating

    Heinz P. Bloch, Murari P. Singh

    McGraw Hill Professional, 2008 - Technology & Engineering - 414 pages

    The latest design and manufacturing details in mechanical drive steam turbines. Steam Turbines shows how to select, improve, operate, and maintain high-quality mechanical drive steam turbines-with maximum efficiency and minimum downtime. This new Second Edition offers authoritative information on the operating characteristics, design features, reliability, and maintenance of all steam turbines. A complete sourcebook, Steam Turbines delivers the expertise required to capitalize on the latest steam turbine and intermediate transmission unit innovations--and improve a plant's efficiency, availability, and profitability.

    Steam Turbines, Second Edition covers:

  • •Variable speed drives and intermediate gearing used for major process machinery and cogeneration drives-- with completely updated content
  • •Arrangement, material composition, and basic physical laws governing design of steam turbines
  • •How to select optimum configurations, controls, and components
  • •Options and ways to upgrade existing steam turbines
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    Machinery Component Maintenance and Repair

    Machinery Component Maintenance and Repair

    Heinz P. Bloch, Fred K. Geitner

    Elsevier, 2005 - Technology & Engineering - 630 pages

    The names Bloch and Geitner are synonymous with machinery maintenance and reliability for process plants. They save companies like Dow and Equilon millions of dollars a year by extending the life of rotating machinery in their plants. Extending the life of existing machinery is the name of the game in the process industries, not designing new machinery. This series by Bloch and Geitner was the first and is still the best, most comprehensive source for doing just that.

    This classic text on reliability has been revised to include all new material on risk management, pre-grouted bases, laser alignment, cartridge seals maintenance, and many other topics which have undergone many developments since the last revision.

    *Helps engineers save their companies hundreds of thousands of dollars a year by reducing machinery downtime

    *Now in its third edition, with a twenty-year history of success

    *Details the money-saving techniques used by many of the world's leading companies, including Exxon, DuPont, Dow, and dozens of others

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    Practical Lubrication

    Practical Lubrication for Industrial Facilities

    Heinz P. Bloch

    The Fairmont Press, Inc., 2009 - Technology & Engineering - 465 pages

    Completely revised, this new edition includes the latest material on oil analysis, the energy conservation aspects of lube oil application and selection and bearing protector seals. Information on synthesized hydrocarbons and oil mist lubrication is thoroughly revised. It addresses the full scope of industrial lubricants, including general purpose oils, hydraulic fluids, food-grade and environmentally friendly lubricants, synthetic lubricants, greases, pastes, waxes and tribosystems. Detailed coverage is provided on lubrication strategies for electric motor bearings, gear lubrication, compressors and gas engines, and steam and gas turbines. Other topics include proper lubricant handling and storage, as well as effective industrial plant oil analysis practices.

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    Turboexpanders

    Turboexpanders and Process Applications

    Heinz P. Bloch, Claire Soares

    Gulf Professional Publishing, 2001 - Science - 515 pages

    Turboexpanders and Process Applications offers readers complete application criteria, functional parameters, and selection guidelines. This book is intended for the widest possible spectrum of engineering functions, including technical support, maintenance, operating, and managerial personnel in process plants, refineries, air liquefaction, natural gas separation, geothermal mining, and design contracting.

    The text distinguishes between cryogenic turboexpanders that are used to recover power from extremely cold gases, and hot gas expanders that accomplish the same objective with gases reaching temperatures in excess of 1000 degrees Fahrenheit. The authors have assembled in this book an optimum combination of process and mechanical technologies as they apply to turboexpanders.

    A highly practical, well-illustrated, and up-to-date overview of turboexpander construction features. Appeals to a wide range of engineers.

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    Major Process Equipment Maintenance and Repair

    Major Process Equipment Maintenance and Repair

    Heinz P. Bloch, Fred K. Geitner

    Gulf Professional Publishing, 1997 - Technology & Engineering - 699 pages

    This updated edition is an invaluable source of practical cost-effective maintenance, repair, installation, and field verification procedures for machinery engineers. It is filled with step-by-step instructions and quick-reference checklists that describe preventive and predictive maintenance for major process units such as vertical, horizontal, reciprocating, and liquid ring vacuum pumps, fans and blowers, compressors, turboexpanders, turbines, and more. Also included are sections on machinery protection, storage, lubrication, and periodic monitoring. A new section examines centrifugal pumps and explains how and why they continue to fail. More new information focuses on maintenance for aircraft derivative gas turbines. This revised edition gives special attention throughout to maintenance and repair procedures needed to ensure efficiency, performance, and long life.

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    Improving Machinery Reliability

    Improving Machinery Reliability

    Heinz P. Bloch

    Gulf Professional Publishing, 1998 - Technology & Engineering - 680 pages

    This totally updated and expanded edition provides proven techniques and procedures that extend machinery life, reduce maintenance costs, and achieve optimum machinery reliability. This essential text clearly describes the reliability improvement and failure avoidance steps practiced by "best-of-class" process plants in the U.S. and Europe. All new material focuses on: availability and reliability statistics for major machinery categories, benchmarking data, guidance for relevant life cycle cost studies, electric motor reliability, modern sealing technology, and synthetic lubricants. A highly relevant and detailed appendix provides a comparison of the reliability impact of "good" vs. "better" vs. "best" approaches. It compares these different approaches in practices such as pump alignment, operation, installation, and component selection.

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    Compressors and Modern Process Applications

    Compressors and Modern Process Applications

    Heinz P. Bloch

    John Wiley and Sons, 2006 - Technology & Engineering - 339 pages

    A modern reference to the principles, operation, and applications of the most important compressor types

    Thoroughly addressing process-related information and a wider variety of the major compressor types of interest to process plants, Compressors and Modern Process Applications uniquely covers the systematic linkage of fluid processing machinery to the processes they serve.

    This book is a highly practical resource for professionals responsible for purchasing, servicing, or operating compressors. It describes the main features of over 300 petrochemical and refining schematics and associated process descriptions involving compressors and expanders in modern industry.

    The organized presentation of this reference covers first the basics of compressors and what they are, and then progresses to important operational and process issues. It then explains the underlying principles, operating modes, selection issues, and major hardware elements for compressors. Topics include double-acting positive displacement compressors, rotary positive displacement compressors, understanding centrifugal process gas compressors, power transmission and advanced bearing technology, centrifugal compressor performance, gas processing and turbo-expander applications, and compressors typically found in petroleum refining and other petrochemical processes.

    Suitable for plant operation personnel, machinery engineering specialists, process engineers,as well as undergraduate students of this subject, this book's special features include:

  • * Flow schematics of modern process units and processes used in gas transport, gas conditioning, petrochemical manufacture, and petroleum refining
  • * Listings of licensors for each process on the flow schematics
  • * Identification of each process flow schematic of compressors, cryogenic, and hot gas expanders at their respective locations
  • * Important overview of surge control, estimating compressor performance, applications for air separation and gas processing plants, petroleum refinery issues, and important criteria that govern compressor selection and application


  • Placing hundreds of associated process flow schematics at the fingertips of professionals and students, author and industry expert Heinz Bloch facilitates comprehension of the workings of various petrochemical, oil refining, and product upgrading processes that are served by compressors.

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    Machinery Failure Analysis and Troubleshooting

    Machinery Failure Analysis and Troubleshooting

    Heinz P. Bloch, Fred K. Geitner

    Gulf Pub. Co., 1994 - 714 pages

    This newly expanded edition discusses proven approaches to defining causes of machinery failure as well as methods for analyzing and troubleshooting failures.

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    Oil Mist Lubrication Handbook

    Oil Mist Lubrication Handbook

    Heinz P. Bloch

    Gulf Pub. Co., 1987 - Technology & Engineering - 213 pages

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    Introduction Machinery Assessment

    An Introduction to Machine Reliability Assessment

    Heinz P. Bloch

    Gulf Pub. Co., 1994 - Technology & Engineering - 454 pages

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