May 2007

Special Report: Maintenance/Reliability

Enhancing equipment performance and operating life: an update

Four upgrade opportunities are presented

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

As reliability professionals and "extenders of equipment uptime," we are always looking for opportunities to assemble updates on equipment performance enhancements. We often receive these updates in the form of press releases or via invitations to press briefings. To the extent deemed appropriate, we rework the material, conduct further checks—as appropriate—and share relevant information with our readers. Four updates or upgrade opportunities are discussed in this article. Toroidal roller bearings: ideal for industrial fan and slurry pump floating-bearing applications. Modern toroidal roller bearings (Fig. 1) perform ideally as nonlocating bearings in self-aligning bearing syste

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