Hydrocarbon Processing HP Flashback: Excerpts from the 1950s: Capacity expands after WW2 and technologies and maintenance mature The following is a mixture of technical articles, columns and headlines published in the 1950s by Petroleum Refiner, the forerunner to Hydrocarbon Processing. Rotating equipment oil systems optimization guideline The industry is moving away from oil shaft seals and hydraulic speed control for turbines to advanced alternatives. History of the HPI: The 1930s: Catalytic cracking, polyethylene, synthetic fibers, resins and jet engines The hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI) has a rich history of discovery, challenges, breakthroughs, trial and error, collaboration and success. Hydrocarbon Processing continues its reflection on the history of the HPI. Engineering Case Histories: Case 115: A method for analyzing catastrophic type failures A portion of my consulting career involved investigating catastrophic type failures on machines, pressure vessels and structures in the industry. History of the HPI-Up to the 1930s: Whales, lamps, automobiles, plastics and war Over the next 10 mos, Hydrocarbon Processing will provide a detailed history of the origins and evolution of the hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI). Safety and environmental benefits of reliability engineering When you boil down the mission of reliability to its bare essence, the job is to deliver maximum operational availability for the least amount of money over the lifecycle of the asset. Valves, Pumps and Turbomachinery: Use the correct lube oil grade to avoid equipment failures Lubrication is imperative to the performance of rotating equipment. Reliability: Viewing every maintenance intervention as an upgrade opportunity When a long-time maintenance supervisor was promoted to the head of his refinery’s reliability department, he wanted to make “Precision Maintenance is Our Passion” his banner and headline. How to support condition monitoring with wireless instrumentation networks When WirelessHART first hit the market in 2008, most of the native devices using it were process measurement instruments. Selecting the right rotary control valve The primary function of a control valve is to regulate flow. Accurate, consistent and reliable performance of this task affects many important process unit or plant metrics,