Loss Prevention

What went wrong with my furnace?

Patel, R., Mahra, R. K., Engineers India Ltd.

We should learn from our own mistakes and experiences, but it is wiser to keep track of and learn from all past mistakes and experiences, including those made by others.

Editorial Comment: Optimizing operations by advancing process controls, instrumentation and automation technologies

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

When driving by or visiting a refinery or petrochemical plant, one cannot help but gaze at the expansive sea of metal towers.

Selecting the right rotary control valve

The primary function of a control valve is to regulate flow. Accurate, consistent and reliable performance of this task affects many important process unit or plant metrics,

Fired heaters in the process industries: Optimizing operations and minimizing emissions

Finnan, K., Meyer, E., Yokogawa Corp. of America

The process industries, which include chemicals, metals and mining, oil and gas, petrochemicals, pulp and paper, and refining, are very energy intensive

Extracting business value from digitalization in oil and gas

Bradley, D., Petasense

Most oil and gas companies are investing in digitalization; however, they often fail to move beyond proof of value (PoV) or pilot projects.

Engineering Case Histories: Case 110: A checklist for vibration analysis

Sofronas, A., Consulting Engineer

Periodically, I receive questions from engineers around the world on why a piece of critical machinery is vibrating excessively.

Increase uptime by reducing systematic failure risk

Siew, H., Endress+Hauser

Pondering the history of industrial incidents, it would be incorrect to assume that most failures occur randomly.

Reboiler pinch: An approach to optimize flare system design during FEED

Amin, H., Saudi Aramco; Dhote, P., Kanade, S., Siemens

A process plant’s pressure relief and flare systems are critical safety elements.

Achieve process safety, asset integrity and reliability with an integrated HAZOP study

Chakravorty, S. L., Independent Consultant

Abnormal situations in refining and petrochemical plant operations can interfere with plant reliability and efficient operations, especially for highly complex processes.

FTO: An enabling emission control technology for petrochemical plant expansions

Armstrong, P., Predatsch, E., Selas-Linde North America

For the petrochemical industry, the U.S. Gulf Coast (USGC) has the locational advantage of proximity to cheap feedstock, and to an abundance of pipeline infrastructure and terminals for export markets.