Drivers

HP Reliability: Fact-checking list from recent reliability conferences

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Whenever HP editors attend technical conferences, their primary goals include observing industry practices, finding facts and spotting trends. Fact or fictionUnfortunately, presenters sometimes relate..

HP Innovations: Innovations

Blume, Adrienne, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Flowmeter uses Coriolis force in measurementThe Sitrans FC430 flowmeter from Siemens AG is capable of measuring liquids and gases using the Coriolis principle. Flows can be measured with a precision o..

HP Reliability: How the best lubricant provides added value

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

In November 2012, a highly competent lubrication engineer and I met again at the ExxonMobil Maintenance and Productivity Improvement Symposium in San Antonio, Texas. We talked about the small, but pes..

HP Reliability: Top three ways to improve pump service life

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Experienced reliability professionals know that even the premier equipment standards used in the HPI occasionally fall short of defining the best, most reliable, or safest available technology.

HP Impact: Asia AC drives market to be driven by energy efficiency

Thinnes, Billy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The Asian region is the largest market for low power AC drives, representing around 42% of the global low power AC drives market. The growth is chiefly driven by improvement of internal infrastructure..

HP Innovations: Innovations

Blume, Adrienne, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

UK firm patents mid-scale LNG technologyGasconsult Ltd. has announced the award of a patent for its new ZR-LNG liquefaction process. ZR-LNG has best-in-class energy efficiency for mid-scale liquefied ..

Update on wet and gas compressor seals

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Shaft seals keep compressed gas from leaking out. The need for leak prevention may include process economy, safety and environmental protection. Moreover, the process gas will usually have to be kept ..

HP Reliability: TAMU Turbo and Pump symposiums still leading

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Beginning in 1971, the Turbomachinery Laboratory of Texas A&M University (TAMU) organized the first of now 41 consecutive annual turbomachinery symposiums, now known as the TAMU Turbo. In 1984, Texas ..

Reliability and maintenance: The path to world-class performance

Poling, A., HSB Solomon Associates LLC

HPI companies in a progressive culture strive for failure-free operations with defect elimination and uninterrupted operation.

HP Reliability: Upgrade the design of vertical, multistage centrifugal pumps in low-temperature services

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The overall mechanical design of most API-style vertical-column pumps (Fig. 1) comes close to meeting the expectations of modern pump users. Such pumps are often equipped with self oil-lubricated bear..