Environment & Safety Gas Processing/LNG Maintenance & Reliability Petrochemicals Process Control Process Optimization Project Management Refining

March 2001


Business Systems Management

Discover a powerful tool for scheduling in ERM systems
Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya: Badell, M.  |  Puigjaner, L.

Employing practical cross-functional links between production and financial planning in this process helps to produce effective results

Data Reconciliation

Steady-state online data reconciliation in a crude oil distillation unit
Department of Chemical Engineering, Tsingshua University: Chen, B.
Department of Chemical Engineering, Tsinhhua University: Li, B.

These techniques improved profitability of online optimization


Increase MPC project efficiency using multivariable closed-loop identification
Dow Benelux: Butoyi, F.

This method reduces test time and improves model quality

Maintenance and Reliability

Reduce plant startup problems
ST2EP: Bowdoin, K.A.

Use these guidelines to avoid delays and costly mistakes

Management Guidelines

Transforming a noncompetitive enterprise
Consultant: Beavers, J. T.

Shift your company’s culture into a higher gear by reviewing these sound management principles

Rotating Equipment

Magnetic-drive pumps: technology and new applications
KSB AG: Brodersen, S.

Developments in bearings, containment shells, magnets and cooling techniques improve reliability


HP Control: Online monitoring of APC benefits
Tesoro Corp.: Kern, A.G.

The December HP In Control editorial, "Automation: moving from a commodity," caught my attention because the benefit of online monitoring of advanced control has been a frequent topic a..

HP Reliability: Storage protection of positive displacement compressors
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Bloch, Heinz P.

Preservation or corrosion inhibiting of inactive process machinery depends on the type of equipment, expected length of inactivity and the time required to restore the equipment to serv..

HP Water Management: What do scaling indices mean?
MarTech Systems, Inc.: Huchler, L. A.

Industry has developed several semi-quantitative measures of the scaling tendency of water. System designers and engineers use these empirical indices to predict the scaling from water ..

HP Automation Safety: Making decisions about risk reduction
exida LLC: Marsza, E. M.

Although we all make decisions every day, very few of us use a systematic process. When making decisions about things like risk reduction, a systematic process is essential. The nature ..

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

BASF-YPC / Shaw sign contract for construction of steam-cracker BASF-YPC Co. Ltd. has awarded a contract to The Shaw Group Inc. for the engineering, procurement and construction of its ..

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

Several 'promising' combinations of technology and products for stranded gas utilization are assessed in a new report from Chem Systems (www.chemsystems.com). Technologies for producing middle distill..

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

Economic supply / demand forecasts vary for different HPI market segments. Recent presentations at the annual Chem Systems petrochemical conference (Houston, Texas, Jan. 31 - Feb. 1, 2001) featured cu..

HP Impact: HPImpact: Responding to the e-business challenge
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Weirauch, Wendy

What's the fallout and future for buyer-seller e-commerce exchanges in the HPI? A year has passed since the first electronic marketplaces hit the scene. Recently, Leif Eriksen from AMR Research Inc. (..


Information service for the Newly Independent States

Bill Crowley, Contributing Editor       Comments? Write: editorial@HydrocarbonProcessing.com Surprise! The boss walked in and asked you to take a trip to Russ..


Flo P. Stephens, Editor, Departments/International       Comments? Write: editorial@HydrocarbonProcessing.com Enraf BV, Delft, The, Netherlands, and FCI Environme..


Flo P. Stephens, Editor, Departments/International       Comments? Write: editorial@HydrocarbonProcessing.com Akzo N..

Tough times still ahead
Hydrocarbon Processing Staff: Romanow, Stephany

Participation in the petrochemical industry is not for the faint of heart. Let's face it; this industry operates in a cyclic nature. We often seek soothsayers that can accurately forete..