Process Control

Engineering Case Histories: Case 115: A method for analyzing catastrophic type failures

Sofronas, A., Consulting Engineer

A portion of my consulting career involved investigating catastrophic type failures on machines, pressure vessels and structures in the industry.

Business Trends: Protecting OT environments against targeted cyber attacks

Ajayi, V., Ernst & Young; Carroll, M., Georgia Pacific; Chevis, M., Guffman Ventures; Gil-Ortega, A. V., Fortinet; Habibi, E., PAS Global; Klotz, T., Covanta; Laas, J., Wilcox, S., PNM Resources

Digitalization and Industry 4.0 initiatives require tight integration between complex, heterogeneous and highly complex industrial control systems (ICS) and enterprise information technology (IT).

Editorial Comment: Adoption of digital technologies is a mainstay in the HPI

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

A few years ago, Hydrocarbon Processing started to include digital technologies in its monthly article focus.

Valves, Pumps and Turbomachinery: Be cautious with systems that are not foolproof

Mishra, R., Indorama Eleme Petrochemicals and Fertilizers,

Mechanical systems, especially rotary equipment, are designed to support easy maintenance jobs with less complexity and low chances of incorrect installation.

Corrosion: Maintaining profitability with opportunity crudes while mitigating naphthenic acid corrosion

Gajdacsi, A., Emerson Automation Solutions

Refiners are asked to produce products within ever tighter margins in a changing industry.

Mitigation actions to prevent vibration during factory tests of SAGD boiler feedwater pumps

Zardynezhad, S., TurboTech Consulting Corp.

The most vital information on the condition of boiler feedwater (BFW) pumps is vibration.

Using ANN modeling to predict the melt flow index in real time

Chakrabarti, N. C., R. Sinha, Reliance Industries Ltd.

Controlling polymer quality during manufacturing is a significant challenge due to the cost, maintenance and reliability of online measurements of final product quality.

Digital: Digital twin for refinery production optimization

Garcia, C. A., Repsol

Digitalization is fundamental to Repsol’s strategy for the future.

Editorial Comment: In pursuit of operational excellence: A thank you from Hydrocarbon Processing

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

In late September, Hydrocarbon Processing hosted the International Refining and Petrochemical Conference (IRPC).

Hydrocarbon Processing 2021 Awards WINNERS

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Hydrocarbon Processing, the downstream processing sector’s leading technical publication for nearly 100 yr, has announced the winners for its fifth annual HP Awards, which celebrate innovative technologies and people that have been instrumental in improving facility operations over the past year.