http://www.hydrocarbonprocessing.com Hydrocarbon Processing Process engineering, optimization and advanced process control https://www.hydrocarbonprocessing.com/magazine/2019/november-2019/special-focus-instrumentation-and-automation/process-engineering-optimization-and-advanced-process-control A recent Hydrocarbon Processing “Industry Perspectives” survey found that process engineering and optimization is the number-one topic that readers want to read about most. Process engineering and optimization rated higher than the next-highest topic (maintenance and reliability) by a factor of 2:1, and higher than every other topic by a factor of at least 4:1. Process control and instrumentation made the top ten list, albeit below process engineering and optimization by a factor of 7:1. Cybersecurity: Crucial defenses for critical infrastructures https://www.hydrocarbonprocessing.com/magazine/2019/october-2019/columns/cybersecurity-crucial-defenses-for-critical-infrastructures A colleague of mine once suggested to a chemical plant operator that it was a good idea to apply patches to Windows-based supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) servers as soon as they become available every month—after all, a lot of them fix security vulnerabilities. Energy savings opportunities in unifining, CCR and benzene removal units https://www.hydrocarbonprocessing.com/magazine/2019/october-2019/sustainability/energy-savings-opportunities-in-unifining-ccr-and-benzene-removal-units Opportunities are always available to decrease energy consumption in process units. Accurate prediction of phase equilibrium properties—Part 1 https://www.hydrocarbonprocessing.com/magazine/2019/october-2019/process-optimization/accurate-prediction-of-phase-equilibrium-properties-part-1 Phase equilibrium properties, such as bubble-point, hydrocarbon dewpoint, water dewpoint, phase envelope, two-phase compositions, compressibility factor, hydrate equilibrium properties, etc., for hydrocarbon mixtures have been calculated accurately using the Peng-Robinson cubic equation of state by implementing constant and temperature-dependent binary interaction parameters in the Van der Waals mixing rule. A dynamic 1D model for accelerated reactor cooling https://www.hydrocarbonprocessing.com/magazine/2019/october-2019/process-optimization/a-dynamic-1d-model-for-accelerated-reactor-cooling Refinery hydrofining units must undergo planned and emergency shutdowns for catalyst changeover. Opportunity crudes and refinery challenges during hydrocracking operations—Part 2 https://www.hydrocarbonprocessing.com/magazine/2019/october-2019/process-optimization/opportunity-crudes-and-refinery-challenges-during-hydrocracking-operations-part-2 Refineries worldwide often face practical challenges and operating issues when processing opportunity crude oils to maximize profit margins. Use new oxidation technologies to achieve “near-zero” emissions of NOx and VOCs https://www.hydrocarbonprocessing.com/magazine/2019/october-2019/special-focus-plant-safety-and-environment/use-new-oxidation-technologies-to-achieve-near-zero-emissions-of-nox-and-vocs HPInnovative solutions assist hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI) facilities in meeting present and ever-changing air emissions regulations and strict operating permits. Industry Perspectives—Two events: One to honor, one to learn https://www.hydrocarbonprocessing.com/magazine/2019/september-2019/trends-resources/industry-perspectives-two-events-one-to-honor-one-to-learn In this issue, the finalists for Hydrocarbon Processing’s third annual HP Awards are detailed. Executive Viewpoint: Using low-code digitalization to optimize workflow in the oil and gas industry https://www.hydrocarbonprocessing.com/magazine/2019/september-2019/columns/executive-viewpoint-using-low-code-digitalization-to-optimize-workflow-in-the-oil-and-gas-industry For more than a century, customers have relied on companies such as ours to deliver superior end-to-end solutions to transport and transform oil and gas into the products our global economy needs. Optimization: Thinking of cooling towers? Go global and modular. https://www.hydrocarbonprocessing.com/magazine/2019/september-2019/columns/optimization-thinking-of-cooling-towers-go-global-and-modular When it comes to cooling towers, when should modular be considered?