Maintenance & Reliability

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.

Use an Excel-based method to evaluate performance for the preheat train of a CDU

Moon J., Chang, G. S., GS Engineering and Construction

A rigorous and accurate performance evaluation of existing equipment is a key factor for the success of a plant revamp study.

Reliability: Preserve what worked well in 1980

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The second CCC implementation strategy involved so-called “shirt sleeve seminars.”

Editorial Comment

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Each May, Hydrocarbon Processing focuses on the topic of maintenance and reliability.

Show Preview: IRPC Europe returns to Italy this June

Andrew, Bob, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Gulf Energy Information and Hydrocarbon Processing are pleased to provide a preview of IRPC Europe 2018, which will be held June 5–7 in Milan.

Using valve diagnostics at startup to save time and money

Early detection of valve problems with diagnostics prevents small issues from escalating into major incidents when production starts.

High-energy pump balance line flow monitoring using ultrasonic flow measurements

Brashler, K., Saudi Aramco

The objective of this article is to demonstrate the value of utilizing portable or permanently mounted ultrasonic flow measurement technology to measure and monitor high-energy pump hydraulic balance line flow.