Maximizing Machinery Uptime

Maximizing Machinery Uptime, 1st Edition

Maximizing Machinery Uptime, 1st Edition,Heinz P. Bloch,Fred K. Geitner,ISBN9780750677257


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Key Features

*Provides the tools to drastically improve machinery productivity and performance

*Bridges the gap between the theory of "reliability engineering" and the practical day-to-day measures that lead to machinery uptime

*Authoritative reference for maximizing the uptime of process equipment


The authors use their decades of experience and draw upon real-world examples to demonstrate that the application of their techniques provides a basis 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. These are all highly effective techniques that the engineer can apply to maximize uptime and thereby maximize production and profitability.


Maintenance Engineers, Reliability Engineers, Mechanical Engineers, Process Engineers, Technicians

Heinz P. Bloch

A consulting engineer residing in Montgomery, texas, Heinz. P. Bloch has held machinery-oriented staff and line positions with Exxon affiliates in the United States, Italy, Spain, England, The Netherlands, and Japan. His career spanned several decades prior to his 1986 retirement as Exxon Chemical's regional machinery specialist for the USA. Since his retirement from Exxon, he has been in demand throughout the world as a consultant and trainer in the areas of failure avoidance, root cause failure identification, and reliability improvement. Mr. Bloch is the author/co-author of thirteen books and over 200 other publications on subjects related to machinery reliability and failure avoidance. He is the Reliability and Equipment Editor of Hydrocarbon Processing magazine and has served as chair of the annual conference program for Hydrocarbon Processing's Process Plant Reliability Conference for a number of years.

Affiliations and Expertise

Consulting Engineer, Montgomery, TX, USA

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Fred K. Geitner

Fred K. Geitner is a registered Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario, Canada, engaged in process machinery consulting. He retired from Imperial Oil with 20 years of service as an engineer.

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Professional Engineer, Ontario, Canada.

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Maximizing Machinery Uptime, 1st Edition

Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Definitions: Reliability and Uptime
Chapter 3: Uptime as probability of success
Chapter 4: Estimating machinery reliability
Chapter 5: Is there a universal approach to predicting machinery uptime?
Chapter 6: Predicting uptime of turbomachinery
Chapter 7: Failure mode and effect analysis
Chapter 8: Fault tree analysis
Chapter 9: Machinery risk and hazard assessment
Chapter 10: Machinery system availability analysis
Chapter 11: Practical field uptime assessment
Chapter 12: Life cycle analysis
Chapter 13: Start with good specifications
Chapter 14: Good installation makes a difference
Chapter 15: Proper operation is key to machinery uptime
Chapter 16: Good maintenance is important
Chapter 17: Continuous improvement-a key to machinery uptime
Chapter 18: Review of mechanical structures and piping for machinery
Appendix A: The coin toss case
Appendix B: Safety design checklists for equipment reliability specialists
Appendix C: Machinery system completeness and uptime appraisal forms
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