http://www.hydrocarbonprocessing.com Hydrocarbon Processing Reliability: Reliability engineering on offshore platforms https://www.hydrocarbonprocessing.com/magazine/2020/april-2020/columns/reliability-reliability-engineering-on-offshore-platforms Offshore platforms have had their fair share of successes and failures over the years, and to say that their reliability experiences contain lessons for all of us is an understatement. Root cause analysis for low yield of p-diethylbenzene produced by catalytic alkylation https://www.hydrocarbonprocessing.com/magazine/2020/april-2020/maintenance-and-reliability/root-cause-analysis-for-low-yield-of-p-diethylbenzene-produced-by-catalytic-alkylation Reliance Industries Ltd. (RIL) manufactures para-diethylbenzene (PDEB) at one of its plants by alkylation of ethylbenzene (EB) with ethylene, using RIL's own technology and super-selective catalyst. Industry Perspectives: The Main Column podcast: Crucial topics shaping the industry https://www.hydrocarbonprocessing.com/magazine/2020/april-2020/trends-and-resources/industry-perspectives-the-main-column-podcast-crucial-topics-shaping-the-industry In the February issue of Hydrocarbon Processing, the editors asked our global readership what topics they would like to hear on the publication’s new podcast series: The Main Column. Variable capacity control technology facilitates efficient operation for reciprocating compressors https://www.hydrocarbonprocessing.com/magazine/2020/march-2020/valves-pumps-and-turbomachinery/variable-capacity-control-technology-facilitates-efficient-operation-for-reciprocating-compressors Reciprocating compressors are used extensively in refinery and petrochemical operations to keep feedstocks and products moving through miles of piping. Improving plant operations with control valve simulations https://www.hydrocarbonprocessing.com/magazine/2020/march-2020/valves-pumps-and-turbomachinery/improving-plant-operations-with-control-valve-simulations In today’s business climate, where project budgets and schedules are under cost and time pressures (and where installed valve applications must perform reliably under increasingly severe conditions), valve simulations are enabling new capabilities. APC maintenance scheduling—Part 2 https://www.hydrocarbonprocessing.com/magazine/2020/march-2020/process-controls-instrumentation-and-automation/apc-maintenance-scheduling-part-2 Advanced process control (APC) projects are supervisory programs that are often thought of as a layer of control above the base regulatory control for a process. Apply ceramic coatings to extend radiant tube life in process heaters https://www.hydrocarbonprocessing.com/magazine/2020/february-2020/maintenance-and-reliability/apply-ceramic-coatings-to-extend-radiant-tube-life-in-process-heaters Process tubes in refining applications are typically steel alloy (ASTM A335 P22, P5 or P9), which contain 2.25%, 5% and 9% Cr, respectively. These grades oxidize at operating temperatures, and scale will grow continuously on the surface, often reaching 2 mm in thickness in higher-temperature/high-heat-flux units. The layers of scale are very insulating and represent a significant barrier to conductive heat transfer to the process. Managing dark data and visualizing your digital twin https://www.hydrocarbonprocessing.com/magazine/2020/february-2020/special-focus-digital-transformation/managing-dark-data-and-visualizing-your-digital-twin Today’s tools are often specialized for a certain type of task; however, they often lack the connectivity that would enable the easy comparison and cross-reference of asset information. Engineering tools are well suited for design and build phases, but may be less suited for use in operations and maintenance. Five key innovation concepts to impact frontline engineers in 2020 https://www.hydrocarbonprocessing.com/magazine/2020/february-2020/special-focus-digital-transformation/five-key-innovation-concepts-to-impact-frontline-engineers-in-2020 Gas processing, liquefaction, oil refining, bulk petrochemicals and chemicals plants represent a large population of frontline engineers and technical managers. Their professional lives will become increasingly impacted by the growing adoption of disruptive digital technologies and digital platforms. Industry Perspectives: The Main Column—<i>Hydrocarbon Processing's</i> new podcast series https://www.hydrocarbonprocessing.com/magazine/2020/february-2020/trends-and-resources/industry-perspectives-the-main-column-ihydrocarbon-processingsi-new-podcast-series In December 2019, Hydrocarbon Processing's launched its new podcast series: The Main Column. The podcast series will feature the latest in hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI) trends, technology developments, engineering and operations.