Management

Executive Viewpoint: How digital transformation improves safety and reduces emissions

Carugo, M., Global Refining and Chemical Programs

Digital transformation is a strategy for improving performance by applying technologies for measurement, connectivity, data storage, analytics and visualization

Workforce: Five lessons to get the most out of remote training and tools

Munson, P., T.A. Cook & Partner Consultants

The past year has been a time of great challenges, and of great opportunities, for people to adapt and overcome the current restrictions on in-person meetings.

Editorial Comment: HPI spending forecast to reach $491 B in 2021

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Who could have known that the hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI) would have been hit with such market volatility entering the new decade?

Applying tools to strengthen safety and risk management

Pinto, N., Emerson

The same characteristics that make hydrocarbons useful as fuels can also make refineries, and any other areas where processing or storage takes place, potentially dangerous.

Driving higher return with fuel-grade butanol at the refinery

Giles, J., Dow

Since the advent of the combustion engine, gasoline and automobile manufacturers have utilized additives as a means of improving overall fuel characteristics.

Digital: Harnessing the power of digital platforms to improve plant performance and increase customer success

Ratcliff, K., ExxonMobil

Digital online platforms offer significant potential benefits across the oil and gas value chain by employing advanced analytical tools and near-real-time access to technical expertise to improve day-to-day plant performance.

Virtual analyzers: Shaping the future of product quality

Product quality directly drives price and where hydrocarbons can be delivered.

Reliability: What to do when equipment reliability is on a downward slope

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

When a reliability professional located halfway around the world asked for guidance on how to reverse declining equipment reliability at his world-scale fertilizer plant, we answered.

Improving process pumps requires technical and managerial action

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

For many years, manufacturers have emphasized low price over high reliability.

Business Trends: A sustainable future—Unraveled

Gentry, J., Sulzer GTC Technology

With the prominence in the oil and gas industry around sustainability, it is worthwhile to examine what it means to be “sustainable.”