Maintenance & Reliability

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.

Reliability: How to deal with time thieves and knowledge parrots

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

We recently corresponded with an engineer-manager who divides his time between managing a highly productive group of product developers and a growing number of callers that are interested in the innovative solutions his company offers.

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.

Analysis of semi-solid “shoe polish” material in a refinery TGTU

Engel, D., Nexo Solutions

Amine units, and to a lesser extent tail gas treating units (TGTUs), experience occasional “shoe polish” sludge contamination.

Improving resource efficiency of industrial processes with TOP-REF methodology—Part 1

Radatz, H., Schembecker, G., TU Dortmund University; Raffray, G., Sellis, D., The CoSMo Company SAS; Boto, F., Echeverria, Z., Fundación Tecnalia Research and Innovation; Carrion, A., Herce, C., Oto, F., Fundación CIRCE—Centro de Investigación de Recursos y Consumos Energéticos; Gil, A., University of Zaragoza; Arias, A., Borrego, R., DOW Chemical Co.; Romero, J., Fertinagro Nutrientes S.L.; Jacinto, J. T., Petróleos de Portugal

The processing industry consumes significant amounts of resources, such as materials and energy, to produce valuable goods for society.

Business Trends: The case for teaching competence—Part 1

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.

Reliability: Use procedures to do your job well

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Disregard for following detailed procedures at a petrochemical plant in Illinois proved costly.

Extended vapor cloud analysis methodology—Part 1

Myers, P. E., Trotter, B., PEMY Consulting

The Buncefield explosion was the worst post World War 2 fire/explosion incident.

Confirm best practices for compressed air in refineries

Jett, R., Valin Corp.

Within a refinery, four main utilities are considered essential to operations: electricity, natural gas, water and compressed air.

Determine root causes of undesirable petcoke properties from the DCU

Gupta, A., Daggupati, S., Bisht, H., Mandal, S., Das, A. K., Reliance Industries Ltd.

The delayed coking unit (DCU) is the technology of choice for the upgrade of heavy hydrocarbon residues—i.e., bottom-of-the-barrel upgrading.