Julien LeBleu has more than 35 years of experience on rotating equipment of almost every kind. He has written numerous procedures for the maintenance, operation and overhaul of pumps, compressors and other rotating equipment. LeBleu has organized predictive and preventive maintenance programs at major chemical plants and has conducted root cause analyses on equipment failures of steam turbines, compressors, pumps, motors, gear boxes, seals, couplings, bearings and heat exchangers and determined a solution to eliminate failure recurrences.
Robert X. Perez has 30 years of rotating equipment experience in the petrochemical industry. He earned a BSME degree from Texas A&M University, College Station, and an MSME degree from the University of Texas at Austin. Perez is also a licensed professional engineer in Texas.
LeBleu and Perez have published a new book titled Operator’s Guide to Rotating Equipment (AuthorHouse Publishing). The book’s goal is to provide useful ideas and advice to empower plant operators whose job is to monitor critical rotating equipment. This article is a continuation of this same theme.