Loss Prevention

If you want AI to overcome limitations, give it more scalability

Brooks, M., AspenTech

Artificial intelligence (AI) has caused a significant buzz not only within the hydrocarbon processing industry but also in everyday activities.

Integral vs. proportional gap for averaging level control

Gous, G., De Vaal, P., The University of Pretoria

In process plants, many instances of level control are required to keep the material balance of the plant from integrating to undesired operating conditions.

Why EPC firms are accelerating digitalization

Donnelly, P., AspenTech

Even before the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic emerged, engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) firms were already under considerable stress.

Project Optimization: Improve propylene recovery at FCC and DCU gas plants with mobile industrial refrigeration

Capra, M., Aggreko Process Services EMEA

Polypropylene demand remained strong through the 2020 pandemic crisis and is booming in the Asia region, driven by strong Chinese import growth.

Reliability: Thinking outside of the box

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

In late 1989, the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewage District asked the author to present a three-day equipment maintenance course at one of its large effluent treatment facilities.

Analyze pressure loss during FCC standpipe catalyst transfer

Wei, P., Hongwei, Q., PetroChina Karamay Petrochemical Co.; Yansheng, L., China University of Petroleum

The fluid catalytic cracking unit (FCCU) is the primary conversion equipment for modern refineries to obtain clean transportation fuels, along with high-grade petrochemical feedstock.

Is coating required on stainless-steel components?

Kadikar, R., ITT Corp.

Stainless steel is a generic term used for a large group of corrosion-resistant alloys containing at least 10.5% chromium (Cr), and possibly containing other alloying elements like nickel (Ni), molybdenum (Mo), manganese (Mn) and nitrogen (N).

Digital: Safety, simplicity and productivity provide the value needed in plant operations

David, A., Endress+Hauser

In today’s manufacturing environment, process automation professionals must choose from a multitude of widgets and innovations to help their plants run more smoothly.

Risk mitigation procedure following criticality assessment and FMEA

Zou, T., T. A. Cook

In asset performance management (APM), criticality assessment and failure mode and effects analysis (FMEA) are powerful tools that enable the identification of opportunities to minimize asset lifecycle costs during the development of equipment strategies.

Process control reimagined

Imagine visiting the control room of a typical process unit at a refinery.