Process Control

Innovations

Andrew, Bob, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Ross Systems and Controls (SysCon) recently completed the qualification to self-certify its touchscreen purged panels as meeting the rigorous standards of Underwriters Laboratories’ UL-698A Code and the National Fire Protection Association’s NFPA-496 Code.

Measuring steam flow to flares

Menezes, M., Emerson Automation Solutions

Refinery flare stacks are designed to combust all manner of unrecoverable hydrocarbon gases and vapors to avoid putting them into the atmosphere in their original form.

Aqueous chemistry principles applied to refinery processes

Cardoso, R., Phillips 66

In the petroleum refining industry, pH measurement and adjustment are extremely important.

Digital: Operational excellence index—Part 2: The digital transformation

Lehmann, S., Petrotechnics

Without a doubt, digitalization is the engine fueling the growing adoption of operational excellence (OE) in hazardous industries.

Viewpoint: Digitalization is key to increasing the process industry’s productivity

Tuomaala, P., Neste Engineering Solutions

Consumers are continuously looking for healthier, safer and more environmentally sustainable products.

Automation Strategies: Top technology trends in automation for 2018

Resnick, C., ARC Advisory Group

The last several years have seen significant advances in, and acceptance of, new automation technologies.

Composite ionic liquid alkylation technology gives high product yield and selectivity

Liu, Z., Zhang, R., Meng, X., Liu, H., Xu, C., China University of Petroleum; Zhang, X., Beijing Zhongshi Aojie Petroleum Technology Co. Ltd.; Chung, W., Well Resources Inc.

Global sentiment has been moving toward a call to develop innovative technologies that address environmental preservation and limit the use of hazardous materials.

How the “LLF” condition monitoring technique can improve manufactured product profitability

Das, S., Bahrain Petroleum Co. (Bapco)

Technological advances have allowed predictive maintenance (i.e., condition-based maintenance) to overtake preventive maintenance in plant operations. “Look, listen and feel (LLF)” is a condition monitoring technique that improves the reliability of equipment and machinery in manifolds.

Dynamic simulation of integrated syngas, O2 and steam networks for a gasification complex—Part 1

Dadhich, V., Karvekar, N., Mathew, T., Reliance Technology Group, Reliance Industries Ltd.; Bhattad, G., Saxena, M., Kodolikar, P., Honeywell Automation India Ltd.

Reliance Industries Ltd. (RIL) operates the world’s largest refinery complex, with a combined crude processing capacity of 1.24 MMbpd that is split between two refineries: a Domestic Tariff Area (DTA) refinery and a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) refinery in Jamnagar, India.

Optimize LNG production through contaminant mitigation—Part 2

Wines, T. H., Pall Corp.; Mokhatab, S., Consultant; Trifilieff, O., Pall France

The production of liquefied natural gas (LNG) requires a number of stages to effectively purify the feed gas. These stages are essential to maintain continuous operation and to meet product specifications. Liquid and solid contamination issues are common in many feed gas purification operations and can cause severe problems with equipment fouling, leading to additional expenses in maintenance and equipment repair, reduced production capacity and even unscheduled shutdowns.