Information Systems

Safe work permit auditing: Is your system providing the expected results?

Blundell, B., Contributing Editor

When the challenging position of manager is assumed in a refinery, one of the first orders of business is to “survive” an upcoming process safety management (PSM) compliance audit.

Web-based software for predicting crude compatibility and optimization for increasing heavy oil processing

Kumar, R., Rakshit, P. K., John, M., Voolapalli, R. K., Bharat Petroleum Corp. Ltd.

Refineries in oil-importing nations typically process a blend of crude oils, rather than a single crude oil, to ensure that an optimum product mix can be obtained at the minimum costs.

Business Trends: Protecting OT environments against targeted cyber attacks

Ajayi, V., Ernst & Young; Carroll, M., Georgia Pacific; Chevis, M., Guffman Ventures; Gil-Ortega, A. V., Fortinet; Habibi, E., PAS Global; Klotz, T., Covanta; Laas, J., Wilcox, S., PNM Resources

Digitalization and Industry 4.0 initiatives require tight integration between complex, heterogeneous and highly complex industrial control systems (ICS) and enterprise information technology (IT).

Editorial Comment: Adoption of digital technologies is a mainstay in the HPI

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

A few years ago, Hydrocarbon Processing started to include digital technologies in its monthly article focus.

Optimize refining operations using plant digital twin based on molecular modeling

Hou, Z., Wang, S., Campbell, D., Chan, W., Aspen Technology

A new era of the energy revolution has arrived with the rapid growth of innovative technologies that utilize alternative energy resources, such as electricity, solar, wind and hydrogen, and an increasing demand for sustainable use of natural resources.

Innovations

Rhodes, Mike, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Endress+Hauser has released its new Cerabar and Deltabar pressure and differential pressure instruments (FIG. 1),

Maximize value and successfully revamp a fired heater

Platvoet, E., XRG Technologies

Fired heaters are facing scrutiny because they contribute to the global emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) and nitrogen oxides (NOx).

Sustainability through efficiency: A plan for the refining industry

Carugo, M., Emerson Automation Solutions

The U.S. Energy Information Administration projects that carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions will decrease through 2050 in Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development countries (OECD), which includes the U.S.1

Shrinking the carbon footprint: A digital transformation roadmap for green fuel producers

Harclerode, C., OSIsoft

From ethanol and renewable diesel to biofuels and gas-to-liquids, the world is moving toward low-carbon energy sources to mitigate climate change and boost energy security.

Process Controls, Instrumentation and Automation: Improved methods for trace element analysis of challenging petrochemical samples

Kutscher, D., Thermo Fisher Scientific

There is no doubt that the purpose of refining crude oils into natural raw materials is crucial to produce a vast array of fuels and products used in our daily lives.