June 2021

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Editorial Comment: Optimization: Advancing the industry’s evolution and benefits to the masses

Optimization—the action of making the best or most effective use of a situation or resource—is not a term that the hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI) takes lightly: it is a way of life.

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Optimization—the action of making the best or most effective use of a situation or resource—is not a term that the hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI) takes lightly: it is a way of life. Throughout the history of the HPI, engineers, inventors, entrepreneurs, executives and other personnel have strived to optimize plant and business operations. This constant drive for improving existing technologies, workflows and supply chains has led to increased efficiency, safety and profitability. However, most importantly, this effort has advanced modern life for billions of people around the world. Refining Advancements in the global refining industry have provided transportation fuels to signific

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