Whitepapers

Delivering Closed Loop Business Operations for the Refinery Enterprise
27 March 2017

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 gain value quickly because the existing IT infrastructure is more mature compared to upstream & midstream. The foundation of this operational perspective starts with the basic principle of the closed loop process – Connect, Collect, Analyze and Act.

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Maximize Equipment Uptime with Prescriptive Analytics
24 March 2017

What are you doing to reduce unplanned downtime at your plant? Equipment breakdowns and process interruptions are a $20 billion USD problem. Millions are being spend on new maintenance solutions, but is that even addressing the problem? Effective, earlier detection of issues would eliminate these failures. Download this white paper to learn how leading manufacturers are using big data to solve reliability problems that only a few years ago were unsolvable. 

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Tuning Interacting PID loops with AptiTune; The End of an Era for the Trial and Error Approach
24 March 2017

The success of PID schemes lies in the simplicity and the ability to understand in an intuitive way, the roles of the various parameters in the loop. However, there is one key disadvantage of the PID concept, namely that it is very difficult to optimize PID loops that interact with each other. INCA AptiTune it the software designed to handle these situations. It is able to optimally tune multiple interacting loops without guesswork. This white paper explains in detail the INCA AptiTune work flow, highlighting all the key functions and showing with real-life examples how IPCOS' customers and engineers have benefited.

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Vacuum Distillation Unit Revamps that can Unlock Your Downstream Assets
20 March 2017

The performance of a VDU can affect the capacity, reliability and cycle length of hydrocrackers, FCC units and other downstream conversion units. This paper profiles four recent projects, each driven by distinct key objectives, in which refiners cost-effectively improved their VDU’s performance with a revamp using Shell’s deep-flash, high-vacuum technology.

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Keep Your Project Costs and Schedule under Control with Smart Junction Boxes
8 March 2017

Emerson's Smart Junction Boxes provide an off-the-shelf solution for faster project execution and reduced installation costs. Bring a positive step change to your project by reducing system footprint, eliminating I/O home run cables, and significantly reducing cabinet design engineering with Smart Junction Boxes and Electronic Marshalling technology. 

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Critical Considerations When Selecting A Blast Resistant Structure
13 January 2017

Oil, gas, or chemical processing facility sites can be dangerous, so blast resistance of buildings and structures is a critical factor when placing them and their occupants in harm's way. Exploring building options for your site can get overwhelming, so we've defined three factors that are critical to protecting your people and equipment when it matters most.

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New Benchmarking Report on Bidding, Estimating and Project Performance
7 December 2016

A recent survey on bidding & estimating best practices reveals that most estimating groups are not satisfied with their existing methods for estimating process plants and oil & gas assets. The survey of 161 estimating groups also showed that 60% seek to improve estimating accuracy, 47% want to improve estimating efficiency, and 70% are still communicating manually between engineering and estimating groups. Download this white paper for a complete summary of the survey results, and learn how some organizations are achieving measurable improvements in estimating efficiency and accuracy.

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Seeking Refining Excellence: Strategic Weapons for Competitive Advantage
7 December 2016

For refineries to be competitive, they need to have Advanced Process Controllers on all their major process units. In order to be successful with APC, a programmatic approach at implementing unit wide controllers with an  organization to support this investment should be adopted as a best practice.

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