Maintenance & Reliability

Key instrumentation technologies to tackle the toughest measurement challenges

Oberle, C., Bonkat, T., Emerson Automation Solutions

Just as some people seek out extreme sports, process manufacturing has its extreme applications, and engineers who design for these environments must find ways to safely contain and monitor all manner of dangerous reactions and products.

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.

Editorial Comment: Optimization: Advancing the industry’s evolution and benefits to the masses

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Optimization—the action of making the best or most effective use of a situation or resource—is not a term that the hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI) takes lightly: it is a way of life.

Reliability: Exploring better compressor sour seal oil traps

Bloch, H. P., Professional engineer

An interesting case involving sour seal oil traps in an offshore application recently came to our attention.

Taking on petrochemical plant hurdles with networking smarts

Rivero, A., Rajant Corp.

The petrochemical industry is facing one of the most significant challenges in its history.

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.

Good distributor design for high-velocity feed debottlenecks a crude preflash tower

Blum, B., Bazan Group; Kister, H., Fluor; Tsang, R., Koch-Glitsch

Bazan Group’s crude unit No. 3—not designed by any of the authors’ companies—was bottlenecked by the preflash tower.

Vapor velocity guidelines for horizontal flare knockout drums

Flare knockout (KO) drums are important components of effluent handling systems.

Reliability: Taking ownership of problems

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Taking ownership of issues during a critical or troubling time is just as important as assuming responsibility during times of opportunity and benefit.