Information Systems

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.

Retrospective: Then and now— Looking toward the future

Kennedy, J. P., OSIsoft

In 1982, I wrote an article called “Using process computers as robots for refining operations,” which was published in the May issue of Hydrocarbon Processing.

Digital: Digitalization is the next step in chemicals excellence

Morse, P., Aspen Technology

Digital transformation is a common theme at many industry gatherings and events, as operating companies are more readily sharing their digital success stories and audiences are becoming more comfortable with the digital themes.

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.

Fluid Flow: Advanced flow dynamics analysis reduces design time for high-performance processes

For a process facility, guaranteeing maximum profit over its lifecycle while increasing safety and taking care of environmental aspects means continuous improvement toward operational excellence.

Optimization: Improve LP model accuracy

Mohamed, S., Saudi Aramco

Using quadratic equations rather than a linear relationship in a linear programming (LP) model increases the model’s accuracy and reduces money left on the table.

Editorial Comment: IRPC EurAsia—A roadmap to advancing ideas

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

According to the editors of Hydrocarbon Processing, the downstream processing industry will witness substantial growth in new refining, petrochemical and gas processing/LNG capacities over the next several years.

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.

Innovations

Rhodes, Mike, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Claroty has made several significant enhancements to its Continuous Threat Detection product.

USB threat vector trends and implications for industrial operators

Knapp, E., Honeywell

These are interesting times for universal serial bus (USB) security.