February 2012

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HP Integration Strategies: Standards needed for laboratory system integration

Industries across the board are coping with relentless pressure to reduce costs while simultaneously improving product quality. The hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI) has an additional challenge in..

Hollywood, Paula, ARC Advisory Group

Industries across the board are coping with relentless pressure to reduce costs while simultaneously improving product quality. The hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI) has an additional challenge in achieving higher product quality as a result of the heavier raw materials available for processing. Heavier crude feedstock from sources such as the Canadian tar sands have high sulfur content, thus making them more complex and expensive to refine. This heavier feedstock is in direct contrast to requirements for low-sulfur products dictated by ever-more-stringent regulatory requirements. In this environment, a well-designed quality management system (QMS), which includes a robust laboratory

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