Webcasts

Heinz Bloch: Useful Failure Analysis Strategies
25 May 2017

Hydrocarbon Processing's well-known Heinz Bloch webcast series is back by popular demand. The first webcast offered under Mr. Bloch's latest series, "Unusual Fluid Machinery Failures," outlines the most effective and readily implementable failure analysis strategies. During the 60-minute presentation, Mr. Bloch will analyze proven and effective approaches that have been readily implemented by successful organizations. Two interesting field examples will be highlighted; both approaches were adopted by a number of job functions in the HPI.

Mr. Bloch is Hydrocarbon Processing’s Reliability/Equipment Editor, and one of the HPI’s foremost experts on improving machinery reliability.

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Using the Latest Technology to Achieve Workforce Excellence
2 May 2017

Sponsor: Schneider Electric

The step change in technology can be leveraged to enhance your workforce to increase safety, productivity, teamwork and efficiency. Any company that implements any of the available technologies, we see an immediate impact on profitability. Regardless of the current workforce enablement solutions that you employ, there are technologies that can be rolled out on your infrastructure including mobile technology, business process management, operator training, virtual reality or augmented reality.   

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Hydrocarbon Processing’s Industry Outlook: Spring Update
27 April 2017

The dynamics of the hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI) are constantly changing. New downstream capacity additions, emerging supply/demand regions and technological advances are changing product trade flows and the way the industry invests in capital-intensive projects. With over $1.6 T in announced projects globally, it is imperative that HPI companies receive the most up-to-date and valid information on market trends, and the future development of the downstream processing industry.

The editors of Hydrocarbon Processing have been providing their global insights on investments and trends in the refining, petrochemical and natural gas/LNG industries for over 40 years. Hydrocarbon Processing’s downstream forecast is a one-of-kind resource providing HPI professionals with the data and tools to make informed decisions, plan strategically and recognize new opportunities in the global HPI.

During this live webcast, Lee Nichols will provide comprehensive detail for capital, maintenance and operating expenditures, as well as major economic, environmental and political market trends by region and sector; and how these forces will influence the industry in the near-term.

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The Digital Journey to Asset Excellence
18 April 2017

Sponsor: Schneider Electric

When industries focus on containing operating expenses, the last thing they can afford is an asset failure that forces a shut down or a decrease in operational capacity. Organizations need to shift to a holistic and operations-centric view where proactive and predictive maintenance enables front line personnel to act before costly failures occur. This fundamental shift helps customers exceed reliability, safety and performance goals.  Solutions that encompass enterprise data capture and analysis, coupled with actions and optimization for proactive maintenance execution, enable companies to:

  • Reduce unscheduled downtime
  • Increase asset utilization
  • Reduce maintenance costs
  • Deliver maximum economic return on assets

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Dive Into BLOWDOWN™ Technology in Aspen HYSYS®
11 April 2017

Sponsor: AspenTech 

Who should attend? Engineers and Managers interested in process safety.

BLOWDOWN Technology, developed by Dr. Graham Saville and Professor Stephen Richardson of Imperial College London, is now available in Aspen HYSYS, creating the optimal tool for completing depressurization projects.

Join technical experts from AspenTech and BLOWDOWN Technology consultants in this free webinar that will take your knowledge one step further.

Register now and be a part of:

  • Deep dive technical discussions on major assumptions and engineering insights required for using the software
  • Technical demonstrations of the BLOWDOWN Technology workflow in Aspen HYSYS
  • Extended Q&A session
  • Next steps and materials to get you started with the software

Discover how this technology can ensure the accurate design of depressurization systems that’s vital for safe operations.        

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How to Select Your High Temperature Heat Transfer Fluid
6 April 2017

Sponsor: Total Lubricants

Heat Transfer Fluids (HTF) are widely used to transfer heat in industrial applications from a source to a system consuming the heat. Since the HTF is the blood of the system, several factors must be carefully considered in its selection to ensure a safe and reliable operation.

This webcast will illustrate how the chemical structure of the fluid impacts the lifetime, and overall performance and operational costs of running at high temperatures. Technical information will also be provided to ensure a no-stress daily use of the system during its entire lifetime thanks to a few regular check points.

Who should attend?

  • Production staff
  • Maintenance staff
  • Process engineers
  • R&D engineers
  • Plant managers
  • Engineering companies
  • Equipment (boilers, exchangers, ovens, furnaces, etc.) manufacturers
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Simulation Driven Engineering for Process Utilities
4 April 2017

Sponsor: Schneider Electric

Front End Engineering Design (FEED) has been stuck in the same workflow paradigm for decades. Simulation tools used by process engineers in the Oil & Gas, Refining, Utility and Chemical industries trace their origins to legacy architectures, operating systems and user interfaces. The typical FEED process is sequential and each major step in the plant lifecycle uses a separate modeling tool. Global competition, pricing pressure and energy alternatives are now driving the need for a new approach. The next generation of workers also expects modern, scalable and easy to use solutions with technology they now take for granted—high speed Internet access, mobile devices, touch screens and virtual reality.

 Recent R&D developments have created new process simulation software that allows multiple global users to collaborate within the same model at the same time. The new paradigm uses a single simulation platform as a single common point for the entire FEED process. At Schneider Electric, we are calling this new paradigm “Simulation Driven Engineering.” Benefits include:

  • Unified Lifecycle Engineering: One environment to support steady state, fluid flow, and dynamic modeling
  • Agile Process Development: Promotion of collaboration by allowing users to work concurrently on the same model, across departments and regional time zones and between Engineering Procurement and Construction companies
  • Entices the Next Generation: Modern software architecture and interfaces in exceeding the expectations of users to accelerate adoption, usage and time-to-value

Join this webcast to learn how "Simulation Driven Engineering" has been applied to process utilities design.

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Delivering Closed Loop Business Operations for the Refinery Enterprise: Strategic Implementation of IIoT in Refineries
14 March 2017

Sponsor: Schneider Electric

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is playing a growing role in how refineries operate. Due to the falling cost of connectivity and data storage, processes across the entire Oil & Gas value chain are now able to gather more data from more devices, assets, operations and processes than ever before. Refiners, in particular, stand to quickly gain value because their existing IT infrastructure is more mature compared to extraction (upstream) and distribution (midstream) processes.  Join this webinar to learn about how Refining IIoT allows the a refiner to gather data, transform data into information, and create valuable insight – in real time.

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