Process Control

Troubleshoot flooding problems in a crude distillation column

Crude oil is separated into more valuable products, such as naphtha, kerosene, light diesel, heavy diesel and atmospheric residue, in crude distillation units (CDUs).

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.

Improving asset utilization by closing the corrosion window

Zurlo, J. A., SUEZ Water Technologies & Solutions

Driving profitable refinery operations often requires owner-operators to balance production flexibility and product optimization with asset availability and equipment reliability.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Selecting the right rotary control valve

The primary function of a control valve is to regulate flow. Accurate, consistent and reliable performance of this task affects many important process unit or plant metrics,