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Business Trends: The economics of reliability—An interim report on the global refining industry

Pinnacle: Krimmel, J.

What is reliability? Most people think reliability is simply a measure of failure, or lack of failure. If something runs for a longer period without failing, then it is more reliable than something that runs for less time. However, reliability is a measure of how often something performs when you want it to.

Industry Perspectives: Will capital investments increase in 2021 and beyond?

Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Nichols, Lee

Over the past several years, the world witnessed a significant increase in downstream capacity growth in all sectors of the hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI). However, the COVID-19 pandemic caused a significant decline in demand for transportation fuels and certain petrochemical value chains.

Editorial Comment: Maintenance and reliability—A cornerstone of safe and efficient plant operation

Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Nichols, Lee

Refineries and petrochemical plants are comprised of a series of crucial processes to produce transportation fuels, products and chemicals demanded by the global market. These processes consist of capital-intensive units that must be maintained to provide reliable performance. Failure to adequately maintain these assets can have a detrimental effect to not only operations and profit, but also to worker safety.

Reducing acid consumption: Maximizing sulfuric acid alkylation unit profitability

DuPont Clean Technologies: Peterson, J. R.  |  Rana, D.  |  Ewing, R.

Alkylation is a process used to produce highly branched isoparaffins from the reaction of lighter olefins and isobutane in the presence of sulfuric acid as a catalyst.

Business Trends: A perspective on new technology impacts on the chemical processing industry

Yokogawa Corp.: Fernandes, S.

Over the past five years, the industrial evolution has been propelled by the same technologies that have dramatically changed our private lives.

Executive Viewpoint: Interconnected neural networks drive breakthrough optimization

Imubit: Cohen, G.

We have all learned that technology alone will not improve our operations.

Editorial Comment: Petrochemicals: Changing technologies and configurations to satisfy future demand

Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Nichols, Lee

For nearly a decade, capital investments in new petrochemical capacity have skyrocketed. This

Fuels and chemicals: Finding the right refinery configuration for a less predictable world

Bechtel India: Chaudhuri, S.  |  Singh, R.

The refining industry links the upstream production of crude oil with the end markets for fuel products, as well as for the petrochemical/chemical industry.

Unlock margin by interconnecting refinery optimization silos with closed-loop AI

Imubit: Cohen, G.

Refineries and chemical processing plants are complicated to model, control and optimize.

Improve reliability and reduce maintenance with advanced analytics

Seeq Corporation: Buenemann, A.

A common misconception in largescale process manufacturing is that minimizing downtime by increasing reliability is the key to increasing profitability.