June 2019

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Editorial Comment: The true essence of optimization

What is the first thing that comes to mind when we hear the word optimization?

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

What is the first thing that comes to mind when we hear the word optimization? Most people tend to think about their work processes and how they can change or adapt to increase efficiency. After all, the term optimization means to make the best or most effective use of a thing or situation. But what do we mean when we think of optimization on a more macro scale? This issue of Hydrocarbon Processing revolves around the central theme of optimization. In the downstream processing industry, this equates to reviewing existing processes for improved yield, quality and efficiency. Optimizing crucial portions of your business can ultimately lead to more reliable, safer and more profitable operation

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