July 9, 2020 | Mark Paradies

What Heinz Bloch Has to Say About Lubrication & Equipment Failures?

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Advice from Equipment Expert Heinz Block about Lubrication and Equipment Failures

Below is a video from Hydrocarbon Processing about lubrication and equipment failures.

Did you know that Heinz Bloch worked with System Improvements to develop the Equifactor® Equipment Troubleshooting Techniques? And that we built Heinz Bloch’s troubleshooting tables into the TapRooT® Software?

To learn more about how Equifactor® Troubleshooting and TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis can help you improve equipment reliability, see: Best Root Cause Analysis for Equipment Problems.

To learn more about Equifactor® and TapRooT® Training, see:


Finally, if you would like to meet Heinz and hear him speak about improving equipment reliability, plan to attend the 2021 Global TapRooT® Summit on June 14-18 in Knoxville, TN. His talk is titled: “How Best-in-Class Reliability Managers Optimize TapRooT®’s Potential.”

See the Summit schedule at:



Here’s the outline for the 2-Day Equifactor® Equipment Troubleshooting & TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis Training:

Course Outline


  • Introductions
  • Understanding What Happened – SnapCharT® Basics
  • SnapCharT® Exercise
  • Collecting Information
  • Failure Modes and Failure Agents
  • Equifactor® Troubleshooting Tables
  • Human Errors
  • Process Troubleshooting
  • Example: Troubleshooting a Seawater Pump


  • TapRooT®/Equifactor® Software Introduction
  • Identifying Causal Factors
  • Introduction to the Root Cause Tree®
  • Exercise: Walking Through the Root Cause Tree®
  • Exercise: Teams Find Root Causes Using the Root Cause Tree®
  • Change Analysis
  • Change Analysis Exercise
  • Final Exercise: Solving a Major Equipment Issue

The course materials include the book, Using Equifactor® Troubleshooting Tools and TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis to Improve Equipment Reliability, a TapRooT® Root Cause Tree®, the Root Cause Tree® Dictionary, and the Corrective Action Helper® Guide, a $129 value. The book includes a complete set of Heinz Bloch’s troubleshooting tables.

Upon completion of the course, attendees will receive a certificate of completion and a 90-day subscription to TapRooT® VI Software, our dynamic cloud-based software that computerizes the Equifactor® and TapRooT® Techniques.

To see the upcoming course schedule, CLICK HERE. Then click on the link to register for the course of your choice.

Equipment Reliability / Equifactor®
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