November 2017

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Optimization: Filtration for processes inside refineries

Proper filtration is one of the most important functions performed inside refineries.

Sullivan, C., Valin Corp.

Proper filtration is one of the most important functions performed inside refineries. Filtration is the removal of contaminants through some type of synthetic, paper, pleated or wound media, with the goal to achieve a specific level of cleanliness. This process sounds simple, but a considerable amount of information must be understood about filtration to ensure that it is being conducted properly. Proper filtration has the ability to improve efficiency among several different processes inside refineries. More importantly, improper filtration or lack of filtration can have the opposite effect. If ignored or mismanaged, entire systems can fail, leading to unplanned plant shutdowns that ultimat

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