Loss Prevention

Engineering Case Histories—Case 104: Energy in steam boiler explosions

Sofronas, A., Consulting Engineer

Steam boiler explosions happen all over the world, as an internet search will reveal.

Reliability: Pre-select a multidisciplinary failure analysis provider

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Suppose you are among the average mid-size plants that simply cannot afford to hire, train or otherwise employ subject matter experts (SMEs) in every one of the different disciplines within your company.

Bringing Industry 4.0 to the terminal

Kessler, R., Oceaneering International Inc.

The oil and gas industry is no stranger to the power of Industry 4.0 solutions that aggregate sensor and planning/forecasting data into a single shared view, as well as deliver valuable analytics and real-time alerting capabilities.

The benefits of unmanned aerial vehicles in plant inspection services

Smith, M., Spitfire Aerial Services

As the technology surrounding unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones (FIG. 1), continues to advance, so too do the ways they are used.

Process design consideration for a deep-cut vacuum distillation unit—Part 1

In the recent past, many US refineries have been reconfigured to process heavy opportunistic sour crudes.

Advanced process control metrics: Closing the loop on APC performance

Kern, A., APC Performance LLC

For more than 30 yr, advanced process control (APC) has established itself as an important and relatively routine and valued part of the industrial process control and operation landscape.

Improve refinery production and efficiency with asset monitoring

Donnangelo, M., Emerson Automation Solutions

The sheer volume of equipment in a refinery—from vessels, columns, huge structures and mazes of pipes to pumps, valves, controllers and instruments—is staggering.

Onsite

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Jenny Hebert and George Yaluris of Albemarle accept the HP Award for Best Catalyst Technology.

Business Trends

Free, A., Renegar, CJ, Argo Consulting

Across the hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI), executives are buzzing about operational excellence.

Risk: Measuring margins—Avoiding complacency when the market is stable

Lamb, J., Allegro Development Corp.

When top oil marketer Geneva Energy Markets LLC liquidated its trading book holding1 “millions of barrels of open interest across crude oil, refined products and natural gas,” managing partner Mark Vonderheide emphasized the pressures and potential damage of new market regulations.