Environment & Safety

Hazardous area classification compliance: Focus on communication

Johnston, J. E., Eccleston, C. A., Bath Process Safety Management

On November 30, 2013, an explosion and fire occurred at the UCB Farchim SA site in Switzerland. Fortunately, no injuries or fatalities occurred.

EPC/construction contracting—Start with the end in mind

Ogunye, S., Praxair; Rentschler, C., Engineering Consultant

Large capital projects continue to be challenged by budget issues.

Best practices in boiler maintenance and replacement

Refineries cannot afford a sudden boiler failure (FIG. 1). Regularly assessing the condition of boilers is vital.

Improving resource efficiency of industrial processes with the TOP-REF methodology—Part 2

Radatz, H., Schembecker, G., TU Dortmund University; Raffray, G., Sellis, D., The CoSMo Company SAS; Boto, F., Echeverria, Z., Fundación Tecnalia Research and Innovation; Carrion, A., Herce, C., Oto, F., Fundación CIRCE—Centro de Investigación de Recursos y Consumos Energéticos; Gil, A., University of Zaragoza; Arias, A., Borrego, R., DOW Chemical Co.; Romero, J., Fertinagro Nutrientes S.L.; Jacinto, J. T., Petróleos de Portugal

The European TOP-REF research consortium has developed and applied a methodology to improve the resource efficiency of industrial production processes.

Welded plate heat exchangers cut refinery process costs—Part 1

Plate and frame (P&F) heat exchangers were first manufactured 100 yr ago for use in the dairy industry.

Hyper-duplex stainless steel can improve on duplex steel and nickel-based superalloy

Vieira, B., Sandvik Materials Technology

Duplex materials have been around for a long time.

Fabrication of clad equipment and piping—Part 1

Panchal, A., Reliance Industries Ltd.; Carmona, R. K., Daru, K., Desai, J., Irfan, M., Shargay, C., Fluor

For pressure vessels, heat exchangers and piping in corrosive services, the materials in contact with the process are often required to be high alloys to provide a reliable service life.

AI: How AI and machine learning benefit refineries and petrochemical plants

Welsh, T., AX Control

Embedding machines with artificial intelligence (AI) allows them to learn from their past experiences.

Onsite

Steve Elliott, Senior Director of Marketing, Schneider Electric, explained how Triconex safety solutions can help to actively manage the profitability of process operations at Triconex’s User Group event.

Industry Perspectives: What challenges will 2019 bring to the global HPI?

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

In the December 2018 issue of Hydrocarbon Processing, we detailed our editorial opinion on the most likely route that shippers will take to adhere to new International Maritime Organization (IMO) sulfur regulations.