Use dynamic simulation to maximize plant operating performance

Alós, M. A., Inprocess Technology and Consulting Group

The oil and gas industry has witnessed seismic downward shifts in barrel prices and uplifts in market competitiveness.

Monitor medium-voltage switchgear in refineries

Murray, J., Emerson Process Management

When medium-voltage switchgear (MVS) in a refinery fails, it can force a process unit or even an entire refinery to shut down.

Use process knowledge management systems to accelerate innovation

Hall, S., Process Systems Enterprise; Mahoney, P., Ambition Partner

The amount of stored digital data is doubling every two years, and the rate of data acquisition is close to exceeding our ability to process it and sort out what is valuable.


Rhodes, Michael, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Dr. Christoph Wegner will become president of BASF’s Information Services and Supply Chain Operations division, effective December 1, 2016.

Project Management: Global trends in energy savings: Are emerging technologies the solution?

Hutton, D., Gómez-Prado, J., KBC Advanced Technologies

Despite low energy prices, energy conservation continues to be an important component of business strategy in the oil refining and chemical industries.

Automation Strategies: Identify challenges in alarm management

O'Brien, L., ARC Advisory Group

ARC Advisory Group recently conducted a survey on practices and trends in alarm management in the process industries.

Reliability: Reassess and redirect your approach to a long-term career

Bloch, H. P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

It was not too long ago that a prospective employee could expect a 30-year career within an oil refinery or a petrochemical plant.

Viewpoint: The politicalization of the SEC—A dangerous precedent

Thompson, C., AFPM

The benefits of fossil fuels are undeniable.

Project Management: Want your plant to work right? Insist on strong project definition

Barshop, P., IPA Capital Solutions

Project definition is the planning of a project before execution, which begins when engineering is completed, equipment and materials are purchased, and construction of the new or modified plant is performed.

Reliability: Consider amended warranties for rotating equipment

Bloch, H. P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

If you have ever encountered a situation where an equipment manufacturer declined to offer warranties, allow us to share three case histories.