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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.

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.

Editorial Comment: Optimizing operations by advancing process controls, instrumentation and automation technologies

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

When driving by or visiting a refinery or petrochemical plant, one cannot help but gaze at the expansive sea of metal towers.

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.”

Creating a roadmap for professional skills in Industry 4.0

Akyazi, T., Oyarbide, A., Goti, A., Gaviria, J., University of Deusto; Bayon, F., Sidenor Aceros Especiales SLU

The oil and gas industry has overcome many challenges by keeping up with technology advances, achieving cost-effective practices and meeting energy efficiency requirements.

Extracting business value from digitalization in oil and gas

Bradley, D., Petasense

Most oil and gas companies are investing in digitalization; however, they often fail to move beyond proof of value (PoV) or pilot projects.

Engineering Case Histories: Case 110: A checklist for vibration analysis

Sofronas, A., Consulting Engineer

Periodically, I receive questions from engineers around the world on why a piece of critical machinery is vibrating excessively.

Achieve process safety, asset integrity and reliability with an integrated HAZOP study

Chakravorty, S. L., Independent Consultant

Abnormal situations in refining and petrochemical plant operations can interfere with plant reliability and efficient operations, especially for highly complex processes.

Maintenance: Zero-based, custom-built, reliability-driven—A new kind of maintenance organization

Reed, D., Eastman Chemical Company; Thompson, M., Consultant

In the October 2018 issue of Hydrocarbon Processing, the authors published an article—“Improving plant performance by changing a maintenance culture”—describing the first two years of Eastman Chemical Co.’s Longview, Texas site’s journey to maintenance excellence, which began in 2016.

Reliability: Tips on marketing to the reliability-focused

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Technical writers and other communicators occasionally have cause to think about matters having to do with publication practices and why some publications have higher quality or more reader-relevant illustrations than others.