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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.

Editorial Comment: The tools advancing the HPI into the digital age

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The HPI has been going through a digital transformation, increasingly adopting digital technologies to improve existing processes and structures to improve performance.

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.

How to support condition monitoring with wireless instrumentation networks

Cureton, A., Emerson

When WirelessHART first hit the market in 2008, most of the native devices using it were process measurement instruments.

Optimizing methanol plant operations through minimal capital investments

Soto, J., Methanex Corp.

In the constant search for improvement, Methanex has developed a state-of-the-art project to improve plant operation at its methanol production facility in Punta Arenas, Chile (FIG. 1).

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.

Business Trends: Why we value engineering data

In the 21st century, one cannot escape the concept of data.

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.