July 11, 2023 | 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, CLICK HERE.

Equifactor® Course Outline

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


  • 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.

(This article was originally published in 2020 before Heinz death. We are proud to continue sharing Heinz’s knowledge through our Equifactor® Training.)

Equipment Reliability / Equifactor®
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