Five Best Practices for Refineries: Maximizing Profit Margins Through Process Engineering
4 October 2016

Operational inefficiencies have a direct impact on a refinery’s bottom line. With advancements in process simulation technology, these inefficiencies can be addressed. By utilizing the latest innovations, refiners can streamline their workflows and provide a more accurate analysis of the refining process. Learn the five best practices used by experts that can optimize refinery operations and maximize profits.

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Pressure Relief Device Monitoring: How to Comply with Environmental Agencies and Detect Device Malfunction
28 September 2016

EPA regulation 40 CFR Parts 60 and 63, due to release in the fall of 2015, targets pressure relief devices (PRDs) such as pressure relief valves, pressure safety valves and rupture disks. Are you interested in cost-effective compliance, with no plant or process interruption? Find out how Emerson’s wireless PRD monitoring solutions give you continuous electronic monitoring for identifying pressure releases, recording the time and duration, and notifying operators immediately that a pressure release has occurred.

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Capturing APC Benefits from Secondary Units
7 September 2016

Advanced Process Control has been used for many decades on wide variety of major process units such as crude distillation units, Hydrocrackers, FCC, Hydrotreaters and Reformers. However, due to a lack of understanding of achievable benefits, shortage of APC resources and gap in APC technology, some organizations do not implement APC on secondary units, leaving significant benefits on the table.

This paper describes the benefits of implementing APC applications on secondary units to improve margins and help achieve operational excellence.

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Data Visualization and Analytics: Six Keys to Unlocking Operational Excellence
6 September 2016

Lingering production problems got you down? Automation can play a significant role in aligning and conditioning data so that users can quickly troubleshoot problems and make better, faster decisions to improve profitability. Take a look at this industry perspective to learn how you can reduce time required to prepare data, enable faster problem solving and drive data-based decisions.

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Achieve Accurate Process Temperature Measurement with Surface Sensor Innovation
26 August 2016

Designing, specifying and installing a thermowell can take days, especially when wake frequency calculations are required to verify process compatibility. Eliminate the complex challenges associated with thermowells by leveraging a simple technology that provides accurate process temperature without an intrusive installation.

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Construction Boxscore: What is the Future of US LNG?
25 August 2016

The global LNG market has been turned upside down. In less than two years, the LNG marketplace has switched from a seller’s market to a buyer’s market. LNG buyers have gained more leverage due to a glut of liquefaction capacity and stagnant demand; spot and short-term purchases are gaining market share against long-term contracts; and LNG buyers are demanding better pricing and flexibility clauses within their supply contracts. How has the new LNG marketplace affected US LNG projects? This whitepaper examines the current US LNG project landscape, and the progress of propelling the country to be one of the leading LNG exporters by the end of the decade.

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Refining/Petrochemical Integration – FCC Gasoline to Petrochemicals
10 August 2016

The global trend in motor fuel consumption favors diesel over gasoline, with gasoline often being in surplus. There is a simultaneous increase in demand for various petrochemicals such as propylene and aromatics. Technology providers have been successful to utilize the Fluid Catalytic Cracking (FCC) unit as a method to produce propylene by high severity operation, but the potential for other petrochemicals from these units has been neglected.

Cat-cracked gasoline contains a high level of olefins, some sulfur, and appreciable aromatics. Until now, the aromatics were not wanted due to the olefin and sulfur impurities in this stream. A novel technology is now available to separate the aromatics from FCC gasoline in order to use them directly for downstream applications. Additionally, the olefin fraction can be converted into aromatics through a simple fixed-bed reaction system. Thus all of the gasoline components are efficiently made into high-value petrochemicals. This combination of technology is much more efficient than methods that some operators use, which recycles FCC gasoline to the reforming unit.

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Keep Projects on Track: Improve Communication During Estimating
15 July 2016
Spiraling project costs and schedule changes continue to plague the energy and chemicals industries. Both EPCs and owner operators know that better transparency is needed during bidding to reduce delays and keep projects on budget. Download this white paper to learn how companies like Saudi Aramco, Phillips66, and Pemex have overcome challenges communicating project scope requirements and changes with contractors.

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