July 2012

Special Report: 90 Years of Progress in the HPI

Process control in the HPI: A not-so-sentimental journey

As long as there have been hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI) facilities to process crude oil and intermediates, there have been instruments in place to assist plant operators in measuring, recordi..

Hill, D., ARC Adivsory Group; Woll, D., Miller, Paul, ARC Advisory Group

As long as there have been hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI) facilities to process crude oil and intermediates, there have been instruments in place to assist plant operators in measuring, recording and controling pressures, flows, levels, temperatures and other process variables. Initially, these were (by today’s standards, at least) crude “Rube Goldberg-like” instruments utilizing ingenious mechanical and/or pneumatic mechanisms. In the early petroleum refineries and petrochemical plants, many of the control concepts conceived during the Industrial Revolution of the 18th and 19th centuries were further developed, refined and proven. It would be exceedingly difficult,

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