Analyzers

Editorial Comment: Optimizing operations by advancing process controls, instrumentation and automation technologies

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

When driving by or visiting a refinery or petrochemical plant, one cannot help but gaze at the expansive sea of metal towers.

Extracting business value from digitalization in oil and gas

Bradley, D., Petasense

Most oil and gas companies are investing in digitalization; however, they often fail to move beyond proof of value (PoV) or pilot projects.

Increase uptime by reducing systematic failure risk

Siew, H., Endress+Hauser

Pondering the history of industrial incidents, it would be incorrect to assume that most failures occur randomly.

Automation: Significant improvement of soft sensor estimation by automation in bias correction

The main objective of any industry is to operate as close as possible to the point where profits are maximized.

Safety: Addressing corrosion at petrochemical plants starts with carbon

Dalton, B., Thermo Fisher Scientific

Maintaining the structural integrity of a pipeline is a significant investment of time and resources for organizations in the oil and gas industry.

Business Trends: Autonomous operations in process manufacturing—Part 2

Agnihotri, R., IBM Corp.

The purpose of this article is to demonstrate an autonomous operations (AO) vision, along with its feasibility, by conceptualizing a roadmap where meaningful progress can be achieved in a horizon of 3 yr–20 yr.

Hydrocarbon Processing 2020 Awards WINNERS

Hydrocarbon Processing, the downstream processing sector’s leading technical publication, has announced the winners for its third annual awards.

Hydrocarbon Processing Awards 2020—FINALISTS

This special section details all finalists within each category for the fourth annual HP Awards. The winners will be announced on Oct. 1.

Catalytic processes operation during downturns in aromatics complexes

Andrews, J., Hung, J., Molinier, M., Lim, Y. T., ExxonMobil Chemical Co.

Paraxylene production is a highly cyclical business that is subject to changes in the global economy and dependent on feedstock costs, alternative dispositions for aromatics, utilities costs and plant locations, among other factors. With the large PX capacity added by recently started crude-to-chemicals complexes and the expected impact of the economic recession on commodities demand, many aromatics complexes face a significant slowdown in the coming months or, possibly, years.

Business Trends: Autonomous operations in process manufacturing—Part 1

Agnihotri, R., IBM Corp.

Progress in the driverless car segment has served to illuminate one of the major future goals in industrial and process manufacturing: autonomous operations in process plants—in other words, the autonomous plant. While AO for process plants has received interest from the process automation and control industry, limited serious discussion has taken place in the process operations and IT domains.