Andrew, Bob, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Hawk Measurement Systems has announced a new OptioLaser S300 that can be used for the detection of all types of liquids, regardless of their dielectric properties.

Digital: Operational excellence index—Part 2: The digital transformation

Lehmann, S., Petrotechnics

Without a doubt, digitalization is the engine fueling the growing adoption of operational excellence (OE) in hazardous industries.

Prevent buckling of tanks with external rafters

Tharakan, J., Suncor Energy Inc.

Most cone roof tanks are designed with roof-supporting structures inside the tank.

Keep a floating roof on an even keel

Skogberg, P., Emerson Automation Solutions

Users of large liquid hydrocarbon storage tanks at refineries and terminals must solve a variety of problems and make trade-offs related to vapor emissions and general structural integrity for these massive containers.

Combating normalization of deviance within your organization

Caudill, J., Contributing Writer

NASA’s 1986 Space Shuttle Challenger disaster investigation brought the term “normalization of deviance” into the spotlight.

Composite ionic liquid alkylation technology gives high product yield and selectivity

Liu, Z., Zhang, R., Meng, X., Liu, H., Xu, C., China University of Petroleum; Zhang, X., Beijing Zhongshi Aojie Petroleum Technology Co. Ltd.; Chung, W., Well Resources Inc.

Global sentiment has been moving toward a call to develop innovative technologies that address environmental preservation and limit the use of hazardous materials.

How the “LLF” condition monitoring technique can improve manufactured product profitability

Das, S., Bahrain Petroleum Co. (Bapco)

Technological advances have allowed predictive maintenance (i.e., condition-based maintenance) to overtake preventive maintenance in plant operations. “Look, listen and feel (LLF)” is a condition monitoring technique that improves the reliability of equipment and machinery in manifolds.

Metallurgy solution to prevent polythionic acid stress corrosion cracking in hydroprocessing

Hoehn, R. K., Bradley, S. A., M. W. Mucek, Honeywell UOP; Anada, H., Osuki, T., Nippon Steel and Sumitomo Metal Corp.

Hydrotreating is a staple process found in nearly every refinery. The process removes undesirable feed contaminants, such as sulfur, nitrogen and metals, and saturates olefins and/or aromatics to produce high-quality products.

Editorial Comment: It’s all in the makeup of things

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

This issue of Hydrocarbon Processing features a topic that has been addressed in sections of the magazine for several decades, but has never been a focal point of the publication. That topic is materials manufacturing.

Use your data to its full potential to prevent outages

Creef, B., HIMA Americas, Inc.

In a process plant, the safety system is responsible for the protection of personnel, resources and the environment, by taking the plant to a safe state in the event of a fault. However, is the system capable of contributing more to the plant’s uptime and profitability?