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July 1999


Special Report: Mass Transfer and Catalysts

General reactor model improves HPI applications
GTC Technology US, LLC: Dutta, S.  |  Gualy, R.

Applying new tools, refiners can optimize revamp, and modernize existing process units


HP Control: ISA SP95 links plant floor to enterprise
ABB: Singh, S.

Although enterprise and control systems have evolved down mostly separate paths, they have approached a point where they could meet and exchange data. With the proliferation of information technologies (IT) on the plant floor, today's control and enterprise systems share a common hardware and operating system base.

HP Reliability: Publish or perish – a reminder to industry
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Bloch, Heinz P.

A number of useful textbooks dealing with machinery reliability and dozens of technical papers dealing with related subjects owe their existence to an interesting policy. Twenty-one years ago, one of ..

HPInternet: OSHA
Competitive Analysis Technologies: Crowley, B.

So, you finally bought that petroleum refinery you've been wanting for years. Many folks are buying them lately, why not? Now that you have it, you will need lots of information. Some of the best info..

HP Insight: Catalysts – They just keep things reacting
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Romanow, Stephany

Much of the HPI's processing improvements can be attributed to catalyst innovations. They are drivers that not only affect processing methodologies; they enable creating and modifying end-product tech..

HPIn SHE: 'Lies for children'
ility Engineering: Whetton, Chris

The expression "lies for children" is sometimes used to refer to the simplified ideas that are introduced early in the student's development, paving the way for more sophisticated ideas, which will be..

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

ABB Lummus Global, Bloomfield, New Jersey, and China Petrochemical Technology Co. (SINOPEC TECH) have signed a cooperation agreement and formed a strategic alliance to develop and market new furnace t..

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

The Petroleum, Chemical and Consumer Group of ABB Automation, Norwalk, Connecticut, has signed a worldwide teaming agreement with InControl Technologies, Inc., Houston, Texas. Clients who use the comb..

HP Construction: HPIn Construction
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Stephens, F. P.

ABB Lummus Global, SINOPEC TECH awarded plant expansion ABB Lummus Global has been awarded two projects by the Beijing Yanshan Petrochemical Group Co. The first is for the design of two new 100-Mtp..

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

World oil demand is on the rise again; the growth should help oil markets this year, says Peter Davies, vice president and chief economist of BP Amoco. Regional differences are responsible. In the mid..

HP Impact: HPImpact: Slowdown in Y2K spending affects SCM market
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Weirauch, Wendy

The supply chain management (SCM) market is experiencing a "deceleration" that will be only temporary, according to an outlook from AMR Research, Boston, Massachusetts. The market is projected to rega..

HP Impact: HPImpact: Industrial valve demand in U.S. to increase 6%
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Weirauch, Wendy

U.S. demand for industrial valves is projected to increase 5.8%/yr to $13 billion in 2003. This gain is "prompted by rising construction expenditures by utilities and increasing production levels in k..

HP Impact: Global natural gas supply and demand
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Weirauch, Wendy

The following trends in worldwide natural gas usage and development are highlights from a recent market analysis by SRI International. Overall U.S. consumption for natural gas is expected to increa..

HP Impact: HPImpact: Plastics, synthetic resins segments see 'dynamic' sales
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Weirauch, Wendy

Major change in the petrochemical industry has been a constant this past decade. Restructuring, reengineering and market consolidation have been methods used by corporations to stay competitive. In..

HP Impact: HPImpact: Coal industry echoes energy's restructuring
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Weirauch, Wendy

"Electric power is the indispensable ingredient for a modern economy, and coal is the indispensable fuel for electric power." So says National Mining Association President and CEO Richard Lawson. A..

HP Impact: HPImpact: Guide offered on project management body of knowledge
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Weirauch, Wendy

In the spirit of advancing the worldwide profession of project management, The Project Management Institute, Inc., is making available a document to promote the dissemination of organizational knowled..

HP Impact: HPImpact: News of note from CMA
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Weirauch, Wendy

• Production continues to rise in May, says a report from the Chemical Manufacturers Association (CMA). U.S. production of chemicals and allied products rose 0.1% to 115.8% of its 1992 level..

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor

Brainstorming The article, "Brainstorm with yourself, and others," March 1999, is very thought provoking. What contributes as a major hurdle in generating worthy ideas are the mental blocks and p..


Mass transfer and catalysts
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Nakamura, D. N.

Mass transfer and catalysis are the bases of all refinery processes. Therefore, these two areas are probably the most active in terms of the research and development of new products. These two areas a..