April 1998

Trends and Resources

HP Impact: HPImpact: How to tap a plant's hidden capacities

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..

Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

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 expansion." So says David Litzen, consultant with Virtual Ideality, speaking at AIChE's Spring National Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana. How can plants tap their hidden capacities? By keeping the fundamentals of a good plant material balance, according to Litzen. The first step is to assemble some form of material balance in an electronic form. An extensive rigorous model is not necessary, just a flow sheet of flow mixers, splitters, component separators and controllers.

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