Process Optimization

USB threat vector trends and implications for industrial operators

Knapp, E., Honeywell

These are interesting times for universal serial bus (USB) security.

Maximizing existing xylene loop profitability

Sakaguchi, T., Idemitsu Kosan Co. Ltd.; Molinier, M., ExxonMobil

Paraxylene (PX) separation is an energy-intensive process, as are most industrial chemical separations.

Improving resource efficiency of industrial processes with TOP-REF methodology—Part 1

Radatz, H., Schembecker, G., TU Dortmund University; Raffray, G., Sellis, D., The CoSMo Company SAS; Boto, F., Echeverria, Z., Fundación Tecnalia Research and Innovation; Carrion, A., Herce, C., Oto, F., Fundación CIRCE—Centro de Investigación de Recursos y Consumos Energéticos; Gil, A., University of Zaragoza; Arias, A., Borrego, R., DOW Chemical Co.; Romero, J., Fertinagro Nutrientes S.L.; Jacinto, J. T., Petróleos de Portugal

The processing industry consumes significant amounts of resources, such as materials and energy, to produce valuable goods for society.

Allocate new plant focus to steam system design—Part 1

Risko, J. R., TLV Corporation

New plant construction includes expectations for optimized production performance to achieve targeted profitability. After a capital investment decision is made to build a new plant, it can take years to secure critical items, including property, permits, technology licensors, front-end engineering and design (FEED), staffing, training, engineering and procurement for final design and construction.

Octane upgrading technology to boost value of light paraffinic feeds

Aggus, B., Massa, M., INVISTA Performance Technologies

In November 2017, US crude oil production eclipsed the 10-MMbpd mark, setting the highest production record in history.

Details on high-impact refining and petrochemical projects presently under construction, as chosen by HP editors and readers

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The global hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI) continues to expand and modernize to efficiently meet growing demand for energy, transportation fuels and petrochemicals.

Viewpoint: The opportunity for greater growth and value—Considerations for crude-to-chemicals projects

Moore, D., ExxonMobil

Industry players are focused on upgrading to higher-growth, higher-value chemical products.

Supply Chain: Preparing for digital downstream supply chain capabilities

Landrum, K., Opportune LLP

Several major downstream companies have recently embarked upon large-scale digital transformations with anticipated capital spending tallying in the tens to hundreds of millions of dollars.

Industry 4.0 in the oil and gas business

Lahti, T., Saurus, L., Hellgren, N., Neste Engineering Solutions

The operational cost structure of oil and gas companies is very capital- and labor-intensive.

It’s not double trouble—it’s digital twingenuity

Henn, J., MAVERICK Technologies

Much ink has been spilled over the concept known as the “digital twin.”