July 2022

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Editorial Comment: No flow, no go: Stressing the importance of flow control technologies

One of the most critical aspects of plant operations is controlling the flow of liquids and gases throughout refining and petrochemical process units.

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

One of the most critical aspects of plant operations is controlling the flow of liquids and gases throughout refining and petrochemical process units. For an average-sized refinery, a significant amount of feedstock, products and fuel travel through miles of piping, equipment and processing units to be converted into the multitude of products used every day around the world. These flow systems consist of thousands of valves and pumps that must be monitored to ensure efficiency and optimum operation. Any breakdown of these systems can result in significant maintenance costs, downtime, loss of profitability and/or even safety issues that can put plant personnel in harm’s way. Ensuring these s

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