October 2013

Special Report: Cyber Security and Process Control

The future of refining is wireless

Wireless transmitters can offer a solution to many overlapping problems for refiners by providing a combination of benefits in process operations and equipment monitoring.

Murali, K. T., Emerson Process Management

Refineries are under constant pressure to operate continuously and to increase production without increasing facility size. In North America and Europe, some older refineries are either closing due to economic and oversupply considerations or continuing to operate with minimal further enhancements. This means that the remaining facilities must keep operating costs low to stay competitive or import finished products to meet local market needs. Such actions are undertaken in the face of austerity and economic uncertainty. In other places around the globe (especially in Asia-Pacific and the Middle East), greenfield refineries are being built, albeit under tight construction and commissioning s

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