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Mick Crabtree

Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) - The 'Magic' Black Box
Although the Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) has been with us for nearly forty years, its role is still subject to much debate and controversy. For many of its early years, its role was confined to simple sequence control and interlocking. However, with the advance of increasingly sophisticated microprocessor technology, analog capability (particularly PID control) became an integral part of its functionality.

This webinar introduces participants to the important concepts of the PLC and why it plays such an important role across a huge range of applications in our industry.
October 1, 2014 10 am CDT
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Heinz Bloch
Heinz Bloch: Using Best Available Fluid Sealing and Lubricant Protection Technologies
In this webcast, Heinz Bloch will describe how best-of-class companies (BOCs) lay the groundwork and follow through with long-term, sustainable top results. The interaction of BOCs with their respective design and field erection contractors, machinery manufacturers and component suppliers will be thoroughly explained. Specific up-front budget commitments which for many decades have given BOCs paybacks of one year and lower are highlighted. Several clear and important examples will be given by the presenter. September 25, 2014 10 am CDT Register Now
Stephen Stanley

CB&I’s Technologies: Adding Value to Shale Oil and Gas Projects
The U.S. has become the largest crude and natural gas producer in the world due to the extensive North American shale plays. There is also an abundant supply of ethane, propane and butane which are the primary by-products from crude and natural gas processing. The ethylene industry in North America has been expanding rapidly to process more ethane feed in existing and new crackers.

This webinar will discuss the resulting shortage of naphtha cracker by-products (propylene, butylenes, butadiene, benzene) and the emerging worldwide opportunities to improve long-term competitiveness via on-purpose conversion technologies. CB&I has a broad portfolio of process technologies that includes multiple proven on-purpose conversion routes to provide producers flexibility to meet the demand for these by-products in tight supply. September 17, 2014 10 am CDT Register Now

Trung Thien Huynh
Your Guide to Optimal Heat Exchanger Energy and Cleaning Management
Processing opportunity crudes? Be prepared for unexpected challenges! Accelerated asphaltene precipitation can occur when refiners process a mixture of crudes that alter the stability of the asphaltene phase. This can be a major source of unanticipated fouling that can lead to performance limitations within days. This webinar provides an overview of how refineries can implement asset monitoring solutions. Topics to be discussed include: identifying problems with heat exchangers in crude units, what causes fouling, how fouling is detected and monitoring best practices.
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E Jimenez
Incremente el desempeño operacional con programas de entrenamiento más inteligentes y rentables
No es un secreto que la calidad de un programa de entrenamiento tiene un enorme impacto sobre el desempeño de una refinería, de una planta petroquímica o de las operaciones de producción. Una fuerza de trabajo bien entrenada y segura de sí misma significa una mayor cantidad de producto dentro de especificaciones, un mayor tiempo de corrida, un mayor beneficio económico y, definitivamente, una menor probabilidad de errores o accidentes costosos. Pero, ¿cómo proveer el excelente entrenamiento que requiere una organización si se cuenta con presupuestos limitados? View on Demand
Damian Huff
Your Compliance Solution for Flare Monitoring — Subpart Ja Made Easy
Most recently, the EPA has modified existing regulations for refinery flares to identify when emissions from a flare exceed 500 lb of SO2 in a 24-hour period. On November 13, 2012, the EPA published the final NSPS, 40CFR60 Subpart J/Ja regulations which will affect how refineries monitor sulfur flare emissions. These new regulations will challenge the refineries and demand new processes to provide a suitable and reliable analytical monitoring system. In this webinar session, Damian Huff will outline a proven analytical solution to completely meet your Refinery Flare Monitoring requirements based on our large breadth of application and product expertise within the hydrocarbon processing industry. View on Demand
Stuart Watson
Do's and Don'ts of Pressure Design in Piping Codes
In this webinar we take multiple case scenarios to compare the mechanical design for wall thickness across the industry major piping codes ASME B31.3, B31.4 and B31.8. In this way we develop a stronger understanding of allowable stresses, installation environment, corrosion allowances and where manufacturing tolerances affect the minimum wall thickness. Case studies are based on the same pressure, temperature and nominal diameter, but considering conventional Grade B SMLS vs ERW and materials to high yield materials. View on Demand
Heinz Bloch
Heinz Bloch: How Reliability/Safety/Low Maintenance Interact
In this webcast, Heinz Bloch will describe how Best-of-Class companies (BOCs) lay the groundwork and follow through with long-term, sustainable top results. The interaction of BOCs with their respective design and field erection contractors, machinery manufacturers and component suppliers will be thoroughly explained. Specific up-front budget commitments which for many decades have given BOCs paybacks of one year and lower are highlighted. Several clear and important examples will be given by the presenter. View on Demand
Alexis Shackleford
Achieving FCC Technical Service Excellence
The Fluidized Catalytic Cracking Unit (FCCU) performance is an integral element of success for refiners. FCCU Operation needs to be optimized routinely while also being reliable. Refiners enjoy their greatest chance of meeting all targets when optimized, reliable operation is practiced, meaning:Safety and Environmental goals more likely to be met, Operating and maintenance budgets respected, and Maximum rate of return for the refinery achieved.BASF has a robust technical service portfolio to help our customers achieve this optimized, reliable state. Our service platform hinges upon a good working relationship with the refinery, unit data analysis, specialized BASF laboratory analyses, refinery FCCU modeling, FCCU benchmarking, and statistical analysis of FCCU operations. All of these are delivered on a timely basis to the customer so that proper action can be considered and taken. One of the most critical deliverables in this service platform is proper selection of catalysts and feedstocks to give optimized, reliable operation. In this webinar, Alexis Shackleford, Technical Marketing Specialist , and CJ Farley, FCC Consultant, will present several case studies illustrating the value robust technical service partnerships bring to the refinery. View on Demand
Stephany Romanow
HPI Market Outlook 2014
During this free event, the editors will present forecast spending and activities of the global hydrocarbon processing industry in 2014 detailing capital, maintenance and operating expenditures for the refining, petrochemicals and gas processing industries.
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Overcoming the Challenges of Tight Oil/Shale Oil Refining
This webinar will share characteristics, physical properties, and variable nature common to tight oils/shale oils. We will also discuss observed impacts introducing these crudes into refinery crude blends and showing examples of how these challenges have been overcome to successfully and profitably process these blends.
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Mitigating Arc Flash Hazards & Enhancing Personal Protection
In our Industry the most precious resource is our people. The protection of personnel must be of utmost importance in procedure and practice. In the area of electrical systems, it begins in the design phase and continues through implementation, installation and execution. This session focuses on low voltage electrical distribution equipment and arc flash mitigation solutions. The webinar will feature: A simple graphic helps visualize five distinct arc flash mitigation solution areas; Explore new technologies in low voltage arc resistant equipment; How to work through the "Standard dilemma" for low voltage motor control centers. View on Demand
Heinz Bloch
Heinz Bloch: Combining Machinery Maintenance with Reliability Upgrading
During the sixty-minute webcast, Heinz, one of the HPI’s foremost experts on improving machinery reliability, will provide practical advice and valuable insight for lubricant selection, lubricant application and lubrication preservation (cleanliness). Heinz will illuminate how in all equipment styles and machine configurations, machine types running, or machines ever built, every problem fits in one or more of these seven cause categories: Faulty design, Material defects, Processing and manufacturing defects, Assembly or installation defects, Off-design or unintended service conditions, Maintenance deficiencies (neglect, procedures), and Improper operation. View on Demand
Catalytic Cracking (FCC) Unit
FCCs at refineries processing tight oil have seen serious operating changes, and choice of catalyst and overall catalyst management strategy is a critical factor in achieving successful optimization. BASF is the market leader in supplying FCC catalysts to refineries processing tight oil. In general, tight oil FCC feeds are light, paraffinic, have low contaminants, and are low in resid content. Typical challenges facing FCC’s processing these crudes include: high amounts of LPG, maintaining stable heat balance, higher alkali metals, increased iron loadings, and reduced feed rates. This webinar will illustrate how BASF is helping our customers capture maximum value with tight oil feeds through operating strategies, innovative catalysts and our strong commitment to technical service. We have a diverse catalyst portfolio that can provide the flexibility required to help solve these problems including high activity, optimum delta coke and high iron tolerance. View on Demand
Stop Your Profit Leak.
Reduce risks through byproduct recovery
Learn how some Gulf Coast refineries have reduced their risks and gained millions per year to their bottom line by recycling and recovering spent chemicals and oil-bearing wastes. Join Steve Hopper, who leads the Industrial Business for Veolia Environnement North America, and learn how partnerships have helped industrial customers recover value and significantly reduce hazardous waste costs. Listen to examples of specific processes for recovery of potassium hydroxide (KOH) from HF Alkylation/potassium fluoride (KF) waste streams and recovery of byproducts from oil-bearing materials. Veolia delivers sustainable water, wastewater, byproduct recovery and residuals processing at more than 50 refineries across North America, recovering a combined 2.3 million barrels of oil each year through its oily waste recovery services alone. View on Demand
Heinz Bloch
Heinz Bloch: The 10 Most Common Oversights in a Machine Reliability Career
In the latest edition in his series of popular, reliability-focused webcasts, Heinz Bloch will alert his world-wide audiences to opportunities which, among others, include water-filled twin screw compressors in highly successful use since 1980, vertically-oriented noncontacting labyrinth piston style reciprocating compressors in use since the late 1940s, correctly configured grease-lubricated motor bearings typically found in Europe, as well as oversights and misunderstandings relating to fluid machinery and their drivers in general. Sealing issues for large compressors will be among these. View on Demand
Recover Shale Gas NGLs Faster Using Modular Plants
Learn how to get cash flow sooner with modular, factory-built systems that are designed to have you up and running as much as six months quicker than traditional technology. Proven, pre-fabricated solutions offer significantly reduced construction and installation time to deliver an earlier startup at a lower cost. Listen to experts from UOP Russell, including founder Tom Russell, as they share their experience delivering NGL recovery solutions to clients throughout the major shale gas basins in North America and explain how you can better maximize the value of your gas resources.
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REEal Improvement of Reciprocating Compressors
A new method for assessing Reliability, Efficiency and Environmental soundness of reciprocating compressors sets an example in solution-orientated technology upgrades. Most operators in the process gas industry are satisfied with their reciprocating compressors – but feel they could do better. Are reliability and energy efficiency high enough? What about environmental soundness? How should they select the latest technologies to improve performance? In this webcast, a new method of assessment will be presented to pinpoint target compressors and specific solutions for modernization. Examples of return of investment and benefits of solution-orientated technology upgrades will illustrate this method. View on Demand
Heinz Bloch
Heinz Bloch: Process Gas Compressor Failure Avoidance
During this webcast, Heinz Bloch will explain some compressor issues and maps out practical remedies that worked in his 50-year professional experience. Remedial or preventive actions must be taken by operators, technicians, engineers, and managers. In essence, Heinz Bloch will highlight things learned to prevent process compressor failures. His presentation will touch on centrifugal, rotary positive displacement and reciprocating compressors as well as missed opportunities to get to the bottom of compressor failures and highlights steps taken by leading performers to operate some machines without shutdown for five, eight, and more years. View on Demand
Lee Nichols
Boxscore Global Construction Activity
The Boxscore Global Construction Activity webcast will highlight current trends in construction activity in the refining, gas processing and petrochemical industries around the globe. This includes a detailed breakdown of active and new project construction numbers by region, sector, and status; growing regions of activity; leaders in the industry; and the future of downstream construction activity moving forward. View on Demand
Heinz Bloch
Heinz Bloch: Ten Great Project Decisions with Positive Long-Term Results
During the Ten Great Project Decisions with Positive Long-Term Results webcast, Heinz will provide clear guidance and practical advice on decisions made during projects that have a direct and beneficial impact on refineries and plants. Heinz will discuss these top ten best practices including budgeting, Machinery Quality Assessment (MQA), machinery storage preservation, modern 3D printer methods of pattern production, standardization and more. View on Demand

Next generation of oil wiping technology for reciprocating compressors
With the recent trend towards higher speed compression, a new problem has emerged, which initially did not receive a lot of attention: the efficiency of the oil wiper rings. In certain problem applications, customers have reported oil losses as high as about 1 gallon per day. This is not only an environmental concern, but also a cost concern, especially in remote areas where oil delivery is not convenient. Other problem sites reported that traditional wiper rings were wearing down the piston rod diameter. Using the principle of elasto-hydrodynamics, HOERBIGER addresses these challenges with the launch of a revolutionary non-metallic wiper, the Oil Film Dynamic (OFD) wiper rings.
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