Maximizing Machinery Uptime

Maximizing Machinery Uptime

1st Edition - February 17, 2006

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  • Authors: Heinz P. Bloch, Fred K. Geitner
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080465807
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780750677257

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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.

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


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

Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgement
    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

Product details

  • No. of pages: 672
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Gulf Professional Publishing 2006
  • Published: February 17, 2006
  • Imprint: Gulf Professional Publishing
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080465807
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780750677257

About the Authors

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

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.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professional Engineer, Ontario, Canada

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