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May 1999


Special Report: Engineering and Construction

Just-in-time engineering speeds design and construction
Raychem Corporation: van Hoorickx, P.

Methodology positively impacts the bottom line by minimizing front-end heat-tracing costs

Fieldbus Technology

Why Fieldbus Technology?
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Kane, L.

Potential benefits of fieldbus have been touted for many years, but products have only recently become available. We have always believed that once several suppliers offered fieldbus products, the t..

Fieldbus introduces new concepts in process control
ARC Advisory Group: Caro, R. H.

Devicebuses and sensorbuses complete the architecture

Fieldbus improves petrochemical plant operation
Smar Equipmentos Industriais: Castilho, L.
Deten Chemicals S. A.: Cruz, O.
Smar International Co.: Evans, D.

Reduced design, installation and startup costs provided significant benefits

Fieldbus automates oil production field
Fisher-Rosemount Systems: Blevins, T.
ARCO Alaska Inc.: Toavs, D.

ARCO estimates savings of $621,000 per drill site

Foundation fieldbus helps meet regulatory and profitability challenges
Fieldbus Foundation: Glanzer, D. A.

The technology simplifies field-level communications and provides new functionality

Getting started with fieldbus – a primer
Honeywell Industrial Automation and Control: Wheatman, S.

Use these guidelines to set up an experimental Foundation fieldbus system

Intrinsically-safe fieldbus provides chemical plant savings
Wacker-Chemie: Krummen, H.

Similar conventional and fieldbus installations are compared

Lube oil blending plant revamps with fieldbus
Deutsche Shell AG: Jacobs, P.

The technology provided 3% capital savings, as well as ongoing engineering and maintenance benefits

PROFIBUS International – a strong community
PROFIBUS International: Volz, M.

This fieldbus organization provides many services and benefits


HP Control: Consider other control system benefits
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Kane, L.

In spite of remarkable advances in control systems, multivariable control algorithms, intelligent field devices, process modeling techniques, information system integration and user experience,1 quant..

HP Reliability: Reliability growth models for process plants
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Bloch, Heinz P.

Failure data are used to build simple log-log plots for predicting future failures and identifying if failure trends are improving or deteriorating. On the Crow/ AMSAA plot (Fig. 1), stable processes ..

HPInternet: Primarily Petroliana
Competitive Analysis Technologies: Crowley, B.

Primarily Petroliana (http://www.oldgas.com/) is a site you won't normally stumble across. It is a site to visit that brings back memories of the oil industry's golden days. You can buy memorabilia li..

HP Insight: Killing the messenger – MTBE
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Romanow, Stephany

Some amazing developments are unraveling in California. To a great surprise, California Gov. Gray Davis has banned MTBE usage in gasoline. After holding public hearings concerning the University of Ca..

HPIn SHE: E = M2C*
ility Engineering: Whetton, Chris

In process plants – as opposed to personal relationships – it is energy that makes the world go round. Energy makes pumps whizz, furnaces roar, and with a little help from catalysis, molecul..

HPIn Processing: Uncertainties
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Nakamura, D. N.

As this issue of HP hits the "newsstands" (i.e., your desk), U.S. refiners are gearing up their operations for the summer driving season. This year, it officially starts after May 31. This season diff..

HPInformer: HPInformer, North America edition
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Stephens, F. P.

Brackett Green USA, Inc., Houston, Texas, and sister company Geiger GmbH have formed a joint venture company with Water Services of America (WSA ) to create BG-WSA, Inc. The new firm brings together t..

HPInformer: HPInformer, International edition
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Stephens, F. P.

Balcke-Dürr Energietechnik GmbH, Ratingen, Germany, has acquired GEA Wärme- und Umwelttechnik GmbH (GWU), Herne, Germany, subject to approval by the cartel authorities. The new headquarters ..

HP Construction: HPIn Construction
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Stephens, F. P.

EMS-INVENTA AG awarded contracts from China EMS-INVENTA AG, the Swiss engineering company – which is mainly active in the field of performance polymers, fine chemicals and engineering, has bee..

HP In Brief: HPIn Brief
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Weirauch, Wendy

After trending downward for a year and a half, U.S. retail gasoline prices turned upward during March and early April as world crude oil prices firmed, according to API and EIA statistics. Increases i..

HP Impact: HPImpact: DeWitt conference petrochemical outlook
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Weirauch, Wendy

The economic supply/ demand forecast varies for different HPI market segments. Recent presentations at the annual DeWitt & Co. Petrochemical Review conference, March 23–25, in Houston, Texas, cov..

HP Impact: HPImpact: CMAI conference petrochemical outlook
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Weirauch, Wendy

The worldwide outlook for key industry segments was addressed at CMAI's 14th annual conference. This year's meeting, March 24–25, in Houston, Texas, featured 34 papers, which are available from C..


Construction activity forges ahead
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Weirauch, Wendy

"Why don't we hear more about industry success stories?" So asked a participant from an EPC firm during an industry Q&A session that I recently attended. In this time of increasing government regulati..

Fieldbus improves petrochemical plant operation - Fig 2
Smar Equipmentos Industriais: Castilho, L.
Deten Chemicals S. A.: Cruz, O.
Smar International Co.: Evans, D.

Fig. 2. System management is carried out over a network with ..