Huchler, L. A.

MarTech Systems, Inc., Lawrenceville, New Jersey

HP Water Management: Don’t let water be the reason for a turnaround

Huchler, L. A., MarTech Systems, Inc.

Several years ago, while arriving onsite during another unit turnaround, I joked to a process engineer at the refinery “I get it. . . every time I ‘turn around,’ you have a turnaround.&..

HP Water Management: Be a saavy buyer of water treatment chemicals

Huchler, L. A., MarTech Systems, Inc.

Suppliers for water treatment chemicals are a critical part of managing the reliability of utility water assets. In the petrochemical industry, the water treatment supplier provides chemical additives..

HP Water Management: Legionella — to test or not to test?

Huchler, L. A., MarTech Systems, Inc.

Legionella pneumophila (“legionella”) bacteria cause Legionellosis, a pneumonia-like illness that infects persons with compromised immune systems and can be fatal. These bacteria are common ..

HP Water Management: Passivation in cooling water circuits

Huchler, L. A., MarTech Systems, Inc.

Passivation—the formation of a corrosion-resistant oxide on a clean metal surface—is the key to optimizing system reliability on the waterside of heat exchangers. Most plant personnel are aw..

HP Water Management: Utility water boot camp for process engineers—Part 3

Huchler, L. A., MarTech Systems, Inc.

In Part 3, we will discuss the typical responsibilities of a utility process engineer to manage their systems and to interface with process engineers at all of the production units within the complex...

HP Water Management: Utility water boot camp for process engineers—Part 2

Huchler, L. A., MarTech Systems, Inc.

In Part 2, we will address the slowly developing problems in utility water systems. Too often, water-plant problems evolve slowly. Plant personnel fail to detect the non-conformances and failures occu..

HP Water Management: Utility water boot camp for process engineers—Part 1

Huchler, L. A., MarTech Systems, Inc.

The refining and petrochemical industries employ a large number of process engineers. Plants often assign newly graduated engineers to the utility water area. Process engineers in each operating unit ..

HP Water Management: What's happening with the Legionella Standard?-Part 2

Huchler, L. A., MarTech Systems, Inc.

The present draft document provides more than performance metrics, it specifically details a single set of mandatory monitoring practices and corrective actions—the "exclusively correct practice..

HP Water Management: What's happening with the Legionella Standard?—Part 1

Huchler, L. A., MarTech Systems, Inc.

In 2007, the governing board of the Cooling Technology Institute (CTI) formed a committee to craft a new standard, "Legionellosis Related Practices for Evaporative Cooling Water Systems" (CTI STD-159)..

HP Water Management: Wastewater discharge permits; What should you know?

Huchler, L. A., MarTech Systems, Inc.

Title IV, Permits and Licenses, of the Federal Water Protection Control Act, also known as the Clean Water Act (CWA) created the system for permitting wastewater discharges, known as the Nati..