Loss Prevention

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.

Resolving vibration problems in a crude booster pump

The pumps referred to in this article are 2,600-HP vertical pumps utilized as booster pumps for the shipment of crude oil.

Allocate new plant focus to steam system design—Part 2

Risko, J. R., TLV Corporation

Part 1 of this article, which appeared in the January 2019 issue of Hydrocarbon Processing, discussed how new plant construction includes expectations for optimized production performance to achieve targeted profitability.

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.

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.

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.

Turbomachinery: Increase rotating equipment uptime with laser shaft alignment

Silveira, J. D., Nexxis

The cost of failing to properly align shafts or belts on rotating machinery adds up to more than the need to physically fix damaged machinery.

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.

Business Trends: The case for teaching competence—Part 2

Brister, D., Shea Capability & Compliance Solutions; Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Readers who have had the misfortune of being drawn into debates over the precise definitions of words or terms might agree that much time can be lost in unproductive squabbling.