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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Achieving Better Product Specs in Existing Naphtha Splitters with GT-DWCSM
17 November 2016

Dividing Wall Column (DWC) technology can produce high purity products within a single column shell with less energy consumption as compared to traditional distillation columns. Case study examples illustrate the advantages of applying DWC technology to revamp a FCC Naphtha Splitter Column at a refinery owned by a major corporation in India.  The pros and cons of the DWC methodology and principles are discussed and compared to other conventional approaches.

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Technology Innovations for Process Industry Pressure Gauges
15 November 2016
Find out how new technology innovations for industrial pressure gauges can improve accuracy, reliability and dependability. Isn't it time for an improvement in pressure gauge technology that meets today's demanding industrial challenges?

Learn how new gauge innovations address:
  • Harsh corrosion or erosion
  • Wide ranges of temperatures and environments
  • Unreliable readings
  • Data that is difficult to apply in real-time
  • High pressure spikes and pulsating processes
  • Installation challenges
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Temporary Heat Exchangers Keep Plants Running Profitably
7 November 2016

Heat exchangers are both a vital process component of every refinery and petrochemical plant and a potential limiting factor in a plant’s operations and profitability. Heat exchangers can foul, leak, or corrode. And whether they occur suddenly or develop slowly over time, these problems may force a plant to reduce rates, miss out on potential profit opportunities, and/or exceed permitted environmental limits with the prospect of significant fines. Given that they are usually operating far beyond their design limits, heat exchangers are often a bottleneck to increasing capacity or maintaining product split. This paper demonstrates how temporary heat exchangers can be installed to solve these problems.

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