Process Control

Raising the alarm: Understanding the operator’s perspective on refinery process alarms

As refineries and petrochemical complexes worldwide are moving toward more automated operations, plant operators are increasingly becoming dependent on process alarms for safe, smooth and continuous operation.

Expect the unexpected: Estimation of uncertainty in custody measurement

Uncertainty in input parameters does not have an identical effect on uncertainty in the output.

Business Trends: The big data tools and related professional competencies required in the chemical industry

Khan, A., Manzoor, M., Saudi Aramco

Big data is making tremendous changes in various sectors of the economy, and chemical industries can now leverage these new advancements.

Rotating equipment oil systems optimization guideline

The industry is moving away from oil shaft seals and hydraulic speed control for turbines to advanced alternatives.

Sustainability: Staying ahead of environmental, social and governance goals

Ofori, B., Emerson Automation Solutions

Investing in firms that champion environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues (TABLE 1) has been discussed for decades but is now moving to the forefront of corporate initiatives.

HP Flashback: Operations expand and technologies advance during global conflict: Excerpts from the 1940s

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

This articles details several case studies on the use of x-ray technology for inspection purposes. This includes for the inspection of casings, forgings and welded structures, among others.

Environment and Safety: Building resilience: Why now is the time to invest in natural hazard risk management

Leboeuf, C., ABS Group

With extreme weather events growing in frequency worldwide, organizations can do many things to protect their assets and mitigate some of the risks posed by natural hazards.

HP Flashback: Operations, processes and safety evolve and advance: Excerpts from the 1930s

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The following is a mixture of technical articles, columns and headlines published in the 1930s by The Refiner and Natural Gasoline Manufacturer, the forerunner to Hydrocarbon Processing.

Why robotic process automation is quickly becoming a must for downstream companies

Andrade, A., Accenture; Lauzon, S., SAP

For the refining operation that wants to relieve its planning team of mind-numbing manual data-management tasks, there are bots for that.

Process Controls, Instrumentation and Automation: Reduce maintenance costs by optimizing pressure transmitter calibration intervals

Burton, B., Emerson Automation Solutions

Pressure instrumentation is crucial for the functionality and safety of hydrocarbon processing facilities worldwide.