March 1999

Archive

Special Report: Instrumentation and Control

Unique approach to real-time optimization - Fig. 3
Bester, P., BP Amoco Kwinana refinery; Jerrit, B., Verne, T., BP Amoco Coryton refinery

Fig. 3. The operator display provides online cost ..

Unique approach to real-time optimization
Bester, P., BP Amoco Kwinana refinery; Jerrit, B., Verne, T., BP Amoco Coryton refinery

This method requires less software work than alternatives

Knowledge capital
Nakamura, D. N., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

As oil industry companies continue to merge, consolidate and downsize, a natural outcome is a decline in the number of workers. This trend that started in the late '80s has resulted in what Joseph Sta..

Columns

HP Control: Cooperation needed between FF and OPC
Bosler, W. H., Texas Consultants

Editor's note: The following is in response to my March '98 column, "Controversy in control," which requested input from our readers on controversial issues. Recently, representatives from OLE fo..

HP Reliability: What to do with reliability indices
Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

This issue is often raised, or even debated. A simple explanation would be that reliability data can be converted into uncomplicated, figure-of-merit performance indices. Consider these indices as coa..

HP Reliability: What to do with reliability indices - Fig 1
Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

This MTTF data from production, maintenance Remember: MTTF is a meterstick- and purchasing records. not a micrometer ..

HPInternet: LawRunner: a legal research tool
Crowley, B., Competitive Analysis Technologies

It has been said that the Internet is the largest library in the world, but all the books are on the floor. Here's one site that helps us to find government, legal and court information from all over ..

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

BP Amoco constructs new plant, expands production capacity BP Amoco Chemicals has marked the construction of its world-scale 1,4 butanediol (BDO) plant. This new plant, under construction in Lima, ..

HPIn SHE: Open with care – tales from the mailbox
Whetton, Chris, ility Engineering

Open with care — tales from the mailbox

HPIn Competitiveness: Equipment solutions management: the missing link
Lamb, R. G., Cost Control Systems, LLC

I recently discussed with a plant's management its vision and program to eliminate unplanned production losses from equipment failures. The facility's overarching goal is to achieve zero breakdowns. ..

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

Adaptive Media, Inc., Sunnyvale, California, a leading provider of real-time, Web-based visualization software for the extended enterprise, and Rebis, Walnut Creek, California, a developer of plant de..

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

Elf Atochem, France, has agreed to acquire 51% of Seki Catalyst Co. Ltd., Korea. Seki is one of Korea's main organic peroxide producers with an important market share. Its 2.3 Mtpy manufacturing facil..

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

Market fundamentals suggest that prices could rebound, in spite of the current oil glut, says Olivier Appert, senior executive vice president of ISIS. He stressed that IEA estimates a recovery this ye..

HP Impact: HPImpact: Chem Systems petrochemical outlook
Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The outlook for petrochemicals was addressed at the Chem Systems Petrochemical Review conference, Houston, January 27–28. The following summarizes the forecasts for several key products and highl..

HP Impact: HPImpact: Latest supply/demand trends analyzed for global oil industry
Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

After a year of crisis and uncertainty, the global oil industry is "beset with uncertainty over its future," according to a recently released report by Arthur Andersen and Cambridge Energy Research As..

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor

HPIn Reliability – Keep your partner supplier alert, cooperative Our company has grown from six locations and around $100 million in annual sales in 1992 to over 36 locations and $250 millio..

Misc

Can you imagine a day without plastic?
Romanow, Stephany, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Of course, some seniors can remember life without the influence of polymers. However, the discovery of plastics and its rapid commercialization has truly changed society. A day without plastic. For..