Loss Prevention

Reliability: Reliability and the EPC contractor

Bloch, H. P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

In this column, I have often elaborated on critical information related to reliability thinking. However, reliability thinking is continually subverted by approaches that concentrate excessively on project cost and completion.

Automation Strategies: Drive maximum asset capability with operational technologies

Hill, D., ARC Advisory Group

Owner-operators across the hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI) strive to gain maximum business value from their process plant assets. Here, automation assets and other operational technology (OT) typically play a major role.

Reliability: Troubleshoot hot bearings in hot pumps

Bloch, H. P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The reliability engineering unit supervisor (REUS) working at a 400-Mbpd refinery wrote that he was greatly concerned about a bearing temperature excursion. He realized that certain rules of thumb had been handed down to his maintenance employees, and that not all of these conveyed the same numbers and guidance.

Buyer beware: Are diamond-coated seal faces the solution to dry running?

Seymour, M., Engineering & Quality Systems

A scientific study was undertaken to evaluate the performance, under dry running conditions, of two types of diamond coatings applied to silicon carbide faces of mechanical seals.

Viewpoint: Create a culture of safety: Protecting people while boosting your bottom line

Schiff, T., ExxonMobil

Implementing safety best practices helps reduce employee risk, which helps minimize the number of workplace accidents and ensures compliance with industry and government regulations.

Refining: High-impact challenges in today’s global refining market

Zurlo, J. A., GE Water and Process Technologies

To stay competitive and thrive in today’s uncertain and volatile energy market that is characterized by major shifts in supply and demand dynamics, refiners must find ways to increase operational efficiencies, maximize productivity and produce refined products at lower costs.

Project Management: Performance excellence culture improves processes, giving lasting results

Weynand, J., Check-6

In the downstream industry, where production is at an all-time high and uncompromised safety is imperative, plant owners and operators are responding by implementing the latest time-saving technologies and systems to automate and improve human processes.

Honeywell and Flowserve collaborate on IIoT solutions

Honeywell and Flowserve will collaborate to provide Industrial Internet of Things solutions to help industrial customers make their operations, safer, more efficient and more reliable.

Siemens temperature measuring system lengthens plant life, improves product quality

Siemens’ Sitrans TO500 enables complex temperature measurements and detection of the precise position of critical overtemperatures.

Honeywell’s Assurance 360 service program protects industrial plants

Honeywell Process Solutions is helping industrial manufacturing plants around the world maximize uptime and reduce operating costs through its innovative Assurance 360 services program.