Maintenance & Reliability

Debottleneck analysis on a coker debutanizer via simulation models

Production requirements for more valuable refined products and/or increased refining flexibility are increasing due to new regulations.

Why EPC firms are accelerating digitalization

Donnelly, P., AspenTech

Even before the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic emerged, engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) firms were already under considerable stress.

Reliability: Thinking outside of the box

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

In late 1989, the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewage District asked the author to present a three-day equipment maintenance course at one of its large effluent treatment facilities.

Is coating required on stainless-steel components?

Kadikar, R., ITT Corp.

Stainless steel is a generic term used for a large group of corrosion-resistant alloys containing at least 10.5% chromium (Cr), and possibly containing other alloying elements like nickel (Ni), molybdenum (Mo), manganese (Mn) and nitrogen (N).

Key instrumentation technologies to tackle the toughest measurement challenges

Oberle, C., Bonkat, T., Emerson Automation Solutions

Just as some people seek out extreme sports, process manufacturing has its extreme applications, and engineers who design for these environments must find ways to safely contain and monitor all manner of dangerous reactions and products.

Digital: Safety, simplicity and productivity provide the value needed in plant operations

David, A., Endress+Hauser

In today’s manufacturing environment, process automation professionals must choose from a multitude of widgets and innovations to help their plants run more smoothly.

Editorial Comment: Optimization: Advancing the industry’s evolution and benefits to the masses

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Optimization—the action of making the best or most effective use of a situation or resource—is not a term that the hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI) takes lightly: it is a way of life.

Reliability: Exploring better compressor sour seal oil traps

Bloch, H. P., Professional engineer

An interesting case involving sour seal oil traps in an offshore application recently came to our attention.

Taking on petrochemical plant hurdles with networking smarts

Rivero, A., Rajant Corp.

The petrochemical industry is facing one of the most significant challenges in its history.

Risk mitigation procedure following criticality assessment and FMEA

Zou, T., T. A. Cook

In asset performance management (APM), criticality assessment and failure mode and effects analysis (FMEA) are powerful tools that enable the identification of opportunities to minimize asset lifecycle costs during the development of equipment strategies.