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Special Report: Instruments and Networks
Ultrasonic flowmeters solve molten sulfur flow and metering problems
Benefits included less downtime and maintenance and improved accuracy
Improve polyethylene process control and product quality
Using artificial intelligence-based sensors can improve costs
Optimize process performance with online pH sensors
Demanding applications need rugged hardware to improve reliability
Fieldbus reinstrumentation project yields significant benefits
Here's how Shell upgraded from a pneumatic instrumented plant to a fully digital control system
OPC enables interoperability
The latest enhancement improves communication from the field to enterprise levels
Consider a satellite-based communications backup system
This refiner lost communications during a hurricane. Here's how it solved the problem
EDDL: improved interoperability, better integration
Industry standard technology offers powerful new features
Bonus Report: Heat Transfer Developments
Key factors in selecting refractories
Advanced ceramics perform well in many applications
Consider low fouling technology for 'dirty' heat transfer services
Advances in heat exchanger designs mitigate fouling problems with crude oil preheater trains while conserving energy and cutting operating costs
Engineering Case Histories
Relation between knock and physical properties explored
New research improves estimating knock (octane numbers) by simpler methods
Increase distillation capacity with side heaters and coolers
Debottlenecking towers involves close review of product yields while reducing tray flooding and energy consumption
HP Control: Inferential models that correlate but do not predict
A friend has asked me to help solve a dilemma. A neural net model developed in his plant had a near perfect fit against lab values but in spite of that the model's prediction ability was poor. I was s..
HP Reliability: HPIn Reliability
Deviations add up to become exponential failure risks
HP Integration Strategies: Will IEC 61499 trigger another automation system migration crisis?
Very likely, but this requires an explanation. The need to change automation systems from control systems to control and information systems drove the last migration. The title relates to the impact o..
HPIn Europe: Ministers meet to discuss milestone energy proposal
Gasification is to be a key topic during the upcoming discussion at European Council level of Europe's Strategic Energy Review. The review is ambitious in scope, dramatic in its language and clear in ..
HPIn LNG: FOUNDATION fieldbus is revolutionizing LNG facilities
The liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry continues to expand and diversify in response to growing demand and market flexibility. The technological improvements and cost reductions achieved throughout ..
HP Control: Middle East
ARCA Regler GmbH delivered an order for control valves to a new methanol plant in Oman. The contract covered about 100 control valves from the ECOTROL series with a nominal width of 1 in. to 16 in. an..
Trends and Resources
Diagnostics for early warning of abnormal conditions Emerson Process Management has advanced diagnostics on its industry leading Rosemount 3051S series of instrumentation for pressure, flow and level ..
Self-test technology for gas leak detectors SENSSONIC self-test technology is said to provide reliable and failsafe operation for Gassonic ultrasonic gas leak detectors. In field instrumentation, part..
HP Construction: North America
CB&I has a $75 million upgrade contract at a Caribbean oil refinery. CB&I is providing engineering, procurement, construction and management services as well as fabrication services associated with re..
HP Construction: South America
PETRÓLEO BRASILEIRO S.A. brought the Cidade do Rio de Janeiro floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) online. The FPSO is located in the Espadarte field in the Campos Basin. The vessel-..
HP Construction: Europe
Technip has a services contract with BP to expand production capacity of a purified terephthalic acid (PTA) plant located in Geel, Belgium. The agreement, which covers the engineering, procurement and..
HP Construction: Africa
Foster Wheeler South Africa (PTY) Ltd. has an engineering and project management consultancy contract with Globeleq to expand the Songo Songo Island gas processing facility in Tanzania. Contract value..
HP Construction: Asia Pacific
Aker Kvaerner has a letter of intent with Aker Floating Production ASA to deliver a complete subsea production system for a customer in India. Aker Kvaerner will also deliver the marine installation o..
Pressure/temperature switches and more United Electric Controls' new short-form catalog summarizes its electronic and electromechanical pressure, differential pressure and temperature switches, temper..
HP In Brief: HPInBrief March 2007
China: tech's springboard The newest improvements in pumps, valves, filters, fans and other process eq..
HP Impact: HPImpact: EU chemicals industry in 2007 forecast to see 3% volume growth
The year 2006 was very favorable for the European chemicals industry. The European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic) expects output by the industry (excluding pharmaceuticals) to tally a 2.5% growth i..
HP Impact: HPImpact: Global refining: demand to outstrip capacity to 2010, says new study
Refining has been transformed into an industry that is once again attracting significant investment. Demand is expected to outstrip capacity additions for the next three years, thus maintaining the cu..
HP Impact: HPImpact: President Bush's new energy plan targets US gasoline use
The 2007 State of the Union Address from Pres. George W. Bush contained program initiatives regarding energy sources and applications that directly affect the US refining industry. Pres. Bush urged Co..
HP Impact: HPImpact: World catalyst demand forecast to rise 3.6%/yr to 2010
After experiencing robust growth in recent years due to rapidly rising prices, catalyst demand will moderate in the near term due to falling raw material and energy costs. Further out, growth will re-..
HP Impact: HPImpact: Panel offers proposals for preventing process safety accidents
On March 23, 2005, the BP Texas City refinery experienced a catastrophic process accident. One of the most serious US workplace disasters of the past two decades, the accident resulted in 15 deaths an..
HP Impact: HPImpact: Benefits of coal liquefaction technology
A new report researched by Energy Business Reports examines how coal liquefaction offers environmental benefits, cost savings and energy security. Road trials of coal-based fuels have shown that signi..
HP Impact: HPImpact: US natural gas output lagging despite prices
A new analysis tracks productivity for one of the HPI's major feedstocks. A key finding from the study is that rising production costs are causing diminishing returns for US natural gas producers. Des..
Letters to the Editor
Letters to the Editor
Global warming I read with interest the letter of Dr. Chevriere in HP's November 2006 issue and have looked at the material he recommends. I have to express some qualms at his choices. One is by an au..
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Construction Boxscore: Project Spotlight
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