Maintenance & Reliability

Improving certainty in uncertain times by building an IIoT-ready plant

Shamsi, M., Emerson Automation Solutions

Historical statistics indicate that 25% of projects have budget overruns and a further 50% have schedule slippage.

Reliability

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

With certain turbocompressor designs having changed as manufacturers and user-clients constantly push to increase output and efficiency, it pays to know if—and how—high-performance couplings (HPCs) have kept pace.

Editorial Comment

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

In early June, Hydrocarbon Processing and Eni—an Italian multinational oil and gas company—hosted the annual International Refining and Petrochemical Conference (IRPC) in Milan, Italy.

No excuse for cutting corners on monitoring corrosion

Yule, P., Cosasco

Corrosion is a major challenge and risk to contain for any oil and gas operator.

Better practices for tank overfill prevention

Blundell, R., Carmagen Engineering, Inc.

The 2005 Buncefield and 2009 CAPECO terminal explosions are two of the most significant storage tank incidents in history.

What are the financial savings from a refinery cybersecurity program?

Ayral, T., Honeywell Process Solutions; Fligner, M., Liberty International Underwriters

Recently, the authors developed a first-pass financial estimate of the savings resulting from the implementation of a cybersecurity program for a 100-Mbpd refinery.

Digital: Looking to boost safety? Reliable operations are the key

Carugo, M., Emerson Automation Solutions

Equipment failures are the thorn in every industrial plant’s side.

Engineering Case Histories: Case 101: Preventing crankshaft failures in large reciprocating engines

Sofronas, A., Consulting Engineer

The gas processing and pipeline industries use many integral gas engine reciprocating compressors with crankshafts more than 20 ft long.

Reliability: Consider today’s canned motor pumps

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

We often make the mistake of letting our equipment selection decisions be governed by old data, anecdotes and traditions.

Editorial Comment: What is the future role of the process engineer?

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

During the American Institute of Chemical Engineers’ (AIChE’s) Spring Meeting, held in Orlando, Florida in April, I was honored to sit on a panel discussion with Paul Durand from ExxonMobil and Sanjeev Kapur from Apex PetroConsultants.