Process Control

Corrosion: Maintaining profitability with opportunity crudes while mitigating naphthenic acid corrosion

Gajdacsi, A., Emerson Automation Solutions

Refiners are asked to produce products within ever tighter margins in a changing industry.

Mitigation actions to prevent vibration during factory tests of SAGD boiler feedwater pumps

Zardynezhad, S., TurboTech Consulting Corp.

The most vital information on the condition of boiler feedwater (BFW) pumps is vibration.

Using ANN modeling to predict the melt flow index in real time

Chakrabarti, N. C., R. Sinha, Reliance Industries Ltd.

Controlling polymer quality during manufacturing is a significant challenge due to the cost, maintenance and reliability of online measurements of final product quality.

Digital: Digital twin for refinery production optimization

Garcia, C. A., Repsol

Digitalization is fundamental to Repsol’s strategy for the future.

Editorial Comment: In pursuit of operational excellence: A thank you from Hydrocarbon Processing

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

In late September, Hydrocarbon Processing hosted the International Refining and Petrochemical Conference (IRPC).

Hydrocarbon Processing 2021 Awards WINNERS

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Hydrocarbon Processing, the downstream processing sector’s leading technical publication for nearly 100 yr, has announced the winners for its fifth annual HP Awards, which celebrate innovative technologies and people that have been instrumental in improving facility operations over the past year.

The path forward for process automation: Multivariable control as core competency

Kern, A., APC Performance LLC

In process automation, multivariable control has always been considered an area of specialization and a luxury for those companies with sufficient scale and resources to justify its high costs of ownership.

Manage integrated operating limits

Baliga, M. A., Reliance Industries Ltd.

For safe and smooth operations of petrochemical and refining facilities, it is vital that they are continuously run within defined operating limits, ensuring high reliability of the plant and equipment and delivering per rated capacities throughout their lifecycle.

Hydrocarbon Processing 2021 Awards FINALISTS

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Hydrocarbon Processing, the downstream processing sector’s leading technical publication for nearly 100 yr, has announced the finalists for its fifth annual HP Awards, which celebrate innovative technologies and people that have been instrumental in improving facility operations over the past year.

Cybersecurity: How HPI companies can protect against ransomware and other cyber threats

Parsons, M., Corso, R., Sungard Availability Services

Ransomware has become an epidemic, and critical infrastructure is in the crosshairs.