Loss Prevention

Veracity tapped by US DOE to develop next-gen network security

ALISO VIEJO, CA -- Veracity Industrial Networks, a developer of next-generation Operational Technology (OT) network cybersecurity for the industrial internet, announced that it is part of a three-company team tapped by the US Department of Energy to develop a secure networking solution that reduces cyberattacks against US industrial and utility networks.

Performance testing: The key to successful revamps

Lieberman, N., Process Improvement Engineering

Process unit revamps often do not result in a refiner achieving its desired objectives. This is typically not the result of mechanical defects with process equipment.

AVEVA: New report lays bare the current state and impact of handover

Owner operators in the oil and gas industry have called time on the inefficient and cost-heavy handover process, after nearly 100% said they had experienced operational delays and unexpected costs as a result of poor handover of engineering information, during the construction of rigs and refineries.

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.