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April 1998



Emerging technologies and six sigma
Six Sigma and Advanced Controls, Inc.: Deshpande, P. B.

Achieving this performance level can result in substantial gains in product quality and productivity


HP Control: Progress in fieldbus
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Kane, L.

Several encouraging announcements were made at the Fieldbus Foundation's (Austin, Texas) '98 General Assembly, March 5, in Houston. These included acceptance of the Foundation Fieldbus interoperabilit..

HP Reliability: Improve selecting valve unloaders for reciprocating compressors
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Bloch, Heinz P.

In a recent investigation of serious compressor distress, it was alleged that finger-type unloaders had undergone 600 actuations per day. Since the service was corrosive and less-than-clean, the unloa..

HPInternet: Office of Pipeline Safety (OPS)
Competitive Analysis Technologies: Crowley, B.

If you have a pipeline, run a pipeline or worry about a pipeline, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has information for you. Their new Web site is http://ops.dot.gov. From it, DOT's Research..

HP Insight: Are we ready for optimization?
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Stephens, F. P.

Hydrocarbon Processing sponsored its second annual Process Optimization Conference, March 25?27, 1998, in Houston. As with the first technical meeting, HP created this technical forum to investigate i..

HPIn Processing: U.S. refiners' low-sulfur proposal
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Nakamura, D. N.

The U.S. oil industry last month proposed a regulatory plan for lowering sulfur levels in gasoline. This proposal, released on March 20, is to accompany EPA's Tier II emission standards for vehicles, ..

HPIn SHE: Gilding the lily
ility Engineering: Whetton, Chris

In my last column, I mentioned attending a conference where some of my expectations had not been met. As conferences go, it was a good one. It provided some good ideas, not all of them directly connec..

HPIn Competitiveness: 2-D approaches to a 3-D problem
Cost Control Systems, LLC: Lamb, R. G.

Your firm has a choice in its approach to reliability and maintenance. It can continue to improve equipment reliability and strive for world-class maintenance in hope of increased business performance..

HPInformer: HPInformer, North America edition
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Stephens, F. P.

AspenTech, Houston, Texas, has acquired IISYS, Inc., including its ADVISOR product line that is a leader in yield accounting technology for the process industries. Yield accounting is the process o..

HPInformer: HPInformer, International edition
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Stephens, F. P.

ABB, Oslo, Norway, has acquired August Systems, Crawley, England, from American Manufacturing Corp. August Systems is a leading provider of triple modular redundancy (TMR) industrial safety systems fo..

HP Construction: HPIn Construction
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Roberson, M.

Raytheon wins contract worth $138 million Raytheon Engineers & Constructors has been awarded a contract worth $138 million from the Norwegian state-owned oil company (Statoil) to upgrade and expand..

HP In Brief: HPIn Brief
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Weirauch, Wendy

The industry needs to refine its image, says Brent Bahler of Citizens for a Sound Economy, speaking at the NPRA Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California, March 15 – 17, 1998. According to his in..

HP Impact: HPImpact: Western Europe's product capacities, global competitiveness under review
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Weirauch, Wendy

In the latest "Activity Review 1996 – 1997," the Association of Petrochemicals Producers in Europe (APPE) stresses the need to continuously raise the competitiveness of the Western European petro..

HP Impact: HPImpact: Oil and gas production operations boost 1996 net income of majors
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Weirauch, Wendy

Net income of two dozen major U.S. energy companies* was a record $32.0 billion in 1996, with overall profitability reaching the highest level since the oil price escalations of 1979-1981, according t..

HP Impact: HPImpact: Poland, Baltic states lead fuel market ‘boom' in Eastern Europe
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Weirauch, Wendy

At least fifteen major international oil companies are vying for supremacy in a region that is "just beginning to come to grips with the difficulties inherent in a market economy," reports market rese..

HP Impact: HPImpact: How to tap a plant's hidden capacities
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Weirauch, Wendy

While sometimes spending major capital is the only way to achieve a business goal, "many times the existing plant has hidden capacity that can be tapped more quickly and less costly than large expansi..

HP Impact: HPImpact: Strong long-term oil fundamentals forecast; prices to rebound
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Weirauch, Wendy

Analysts with market research firm Raymond James & Assoc. predict "extremely strong" intermediate and longer-term fundamentals of oil. According to its recent industry report, the firm expects a rebou..

HP Impact: HPImpact: Project to develop standard for flanges
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Weirauch, Wendy

A new joint industry project at British Hydromechanics Research (BHR) Group, Bedfordshire, England, promises significant cost savings for oil, process and marine construction. The aim is to develop a ..

HP Impact: HPImpact: What helps make an alliance successful?
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Weirauch, Wendy

Researchers have found no discernible correlation between capital project success or failure relative to whether the project is executed in an alliance environment or not. A study by Pathfinder, Inc.,..