Andrew, Bob

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AIChE ’17: Ethylene Producers Congress

Andrew, Bob, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

SAN ANTONIO -- Run in parallel with the AIChE Spring Meeting, the Ethylene Producers Congress is self-contained with its own exhibition area right outside the large ballroom that hosts the four-day meeting. The event began the Sunday evening before with their own reception, but didn’t have featured lunch speakers during the week, allowing participants to network during daily two-hour lunch breaks.

AIChE ’17: 13th Global Congress on Process Safety

Andrew, Bob, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

SAN ANTONIO -- Run in parallel with the AIChE Spring Meeting, GCPS also draws a large attendance and a significant number of exhibitors. Now in San Antonio for 2017, the plenary session AGILE award keynote address was “Chemical Engineers Can Do Anything” by John Televantos of Arsenal Capital Partners.

AFPM Base Oils & Waxes ’17: Spotlight on a growing part of the industry

Andrew, Bob, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

SAN ANTONIO -- For the first time, the International Bases Oils & Waxes (BOW) Conference was held in parallel with another AFPM conference.

AFPM IPC ’17: State of the Petrochemical Industry – A Wild Ride?

Andrew, Bob, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

SAN ANTONIO -- The first morning of AFPM’s International Petrochemical Conference featured a session on the State of the Petrochemical Industry.

Manufacturing value-chain innovation at Siemens Dresser-Rand

Andrew, Bob, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

DUISBURG, Germany -- Hydrocarbon Processing Technical Editor Bob Andrew visited the 2,400-strong workforce in Duisburg, Germany, touring their fabrication facility with General Manager for Duisburg Operations Dr. Marcus Bruecher. Their site also has 200 interns, which in itself, represents an investment in the future.

STAR ’17: ‘Design Exploration’ leads the way

Andrew, Bob, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

BERLIN -- STAR Global Conference 2017 wrapped after two days of user presentations in five parallel tracks. Session themes included ground transportation, powertrain, automotive, internal combustion engines, aerospace, marine, life sciences, electronics & electrification, buildings, chemical process industry, oil & gas and energy.

STAR '17: Conference kicks off with the power of digital

Andrew, Bob, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The 17th STAR Global Conference got underway March 6 in Berlin, Germany with plenary sessions from CD-Adapco and Siemens PLM leadership.

Innovations

Andrew, Bob, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The major cause of premature bearing failure is lubrication related. A program utilizing ultrasound assisted lubrication can improve bearing life and prevent premature bearing failure.

Editorial Comment: Corrosion prevention starts at fabrication

Andrew, Bob, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Preventing corrosion begins with the choice of materials and methods used to fabricate the equipment, piping, valves and instruments that will be exposed to varying process conditions and weather. At present, designers and fabricators can select from a multitude of modern materials and methods. Once in service, effective asset integrity programs will use smart condition monitoring and, where needed, a treatment regime to sustain the useful working life of all components. In the Special Focus section of this issue, we provide several articles that illustrate good practices in vessel fabrication, corrosivity analysis and corrosion prevention treatment.

Innovations

Andrew, Bob, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Siemens Water Solutions has chosen a ceramic flat-sheet membrane for use in a powdered activated carbon technology (PACT) membrane bioreactor (MBR).

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