Maintenance & Reliability

Business Trends: Autonomous operations in process manufacturing—Part 1

Agnihotri, R., IBM Corp.

Progress in the driverless car segment has served to illuminate one of the major future goals in industrial and process manufacturing: autonomous operations in process plants—in other words, the autonomous plant. While AO for process plants has received interest from the process automation and control industry, limited serious discussion has taken place in the process operations and IT domains.

Reliability: Phased reopening of reliability improvement businesses

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Like many thousands of educational and operator training-related endeavors, reliability improvement training was abruptly suspended when the COVID-19 pandemic interrupted daily life as it was known prior to 2020.

Editorial Comment: Optimizing operations and recognizing achievements

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Over the next two months, Hydrocarbon Processing will host two separate events for a global audience. One will gather the brightest minds in the industry to share the latest innovations and technologies in the industry, while the other will recognize the leaders in advancing the industry toward safer and more reliable, sustainable and profitable operations. Both events—Hydrocarbon Processing’s IRPC and the HP Awards—will be streamed on digital platforms and free to view.

Advanced analytics drive IIoT success

Zinsli, J., Seeq

Refineries and petrochemical plants face similar challenges in daily operations. Each must mitigate risk, anticipate maintenance, optimize operations and minimize expenses. To achieve these goals, plant personnel rely heavily on data to drive decisions.

Project Management: Four tips for navigating a shutdown, turnaround or outage successfully

Veen, M., Prometheus Group

In the oil and gas sector, managing a shutdown, turnaround, or even an outage is an unavoidable requirement.

Reliability: Don’t expect “yes” from someone authorized to say “no”

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Our lead case revolves around a comprehensive text on oil mist. It was issued in 1998 with a dust cover showing three oil cans.

Executive Viewpoint: How to develop a successful asset management strategy during the coronavirus downturn

Hess, F. U., T.A. Cook Consultants Inc.

The coronavirus (COVID-19) has disrupted all sectors of the oil and gas industry, including asset management.

Advanced cooling tower water treatment—Part 1

Refineries, petrochemical plants and similar facilities rely on a significant number of heat exchangers for process control and product formulation throughout the plant.

Intensification of sulfur processing units by oxygen enrichment and process flowsheet optimization

Yang, W., Hyundai Oilbank Co. Ltd.; Lewis, J., Racz, A., Advisian, a Worley Company

The consistent global trend toward improvements in air quality and tighter regulations on emissions, as well as the International Maritime Organization’s shipping regulations, continue to mitigate sulfur levels—not only in conventional transport fuels (petrol and diesel), but also in jet fuels, fuel oils and other heavier distillates.

Reliability: A good time to do reliability upgrading from home

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

An experienced writer of technical procedures for many years, “KM” recently gave us a stunning glimpse of the probable volume of “ripe, low-hanging fruit” that still exists in some hydrocarbon processing facilities, ready to be harvested from home.