Management

Smart manufacturing standardization: Driving global interoperability for enabling factories of the future

Singh, S., ABB

Smart manufacturing is a topic that has generated considerable discussions within industry and standards organizations.

Implement effective operational discipline programs to improve process safety performance—Part 1

Klein, J. A., ABSG Consulting Inc

Operational discipline (OD) describes human behavior in complying with required systems, every time, to consistently achieve organizational goals and overall operational excellence.1,2

Avoid costly stockouts through inventory sharing

Iyer, K. R., M/s Indorama India Private Ltd. (1)

Inventory sharing, per se, is not a new concept; rather, it is a popular practice in the wholesale and distribution business.

Executive Viewpoint: Edge computing in the COVID-19 recovery period

Allemand, C., Stratus Technologies

As the COVID-19 pandemic forces businesses to rethink standard operations, many are considering how technologies can help in the upcoming period of recovery.

Digital: Optimize plant turnarounds with AI-powered software

Plowman, O., Actenum Corp.

How much time and costs can be saved by scheduling with an AI-powered solution?

Executive Viewpoint : The importance of digital twins and cloud-based services

McCloskey, A., AVEVA

Hydrocarbon Processing spoke with Andrew McCloskey, Chief Technology Officer and Head of R&D at AVEVA, about how digital twins and cloud-based services are used, their benefits and challenges, security issues, etc., as related to the downstream oil and gas, refining and petrochemicals industries.

Reliability: Plan startups wisely and involve SMEs

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

DE, a retired former colleague of mine, recounted his experience as an expert witness for ABC in litigation against XYZ. (Note that I picked the letters A through M for the plaintiff’s side; N through Z are assigned to the defendants.)

Business Trends: Are chemical companies ready for the future of work?

Dickson, D., Deloitte Services

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused significant, short-term disruption to the chemical industry, potentially leading to long-term impacts.

Safety: Do companies have the right tools to make proactive safety decisions?

Brewer, C., Sphera

A process safety management/operational risk management survey conducted by Sphera in 2020 polled respondents on the following items.

Risk: Escaping the “cyclone market” in downstream energy

Puro, D. H., ProSight

To say that the downstream energy sector is facing a time of unprecedented challenge would be the understatement of the decade.