Pumps

Set refinery profitability goals

Johnson, A., Johnson, E., Graham Corp.; Lieberman, N., Process Improvement Engineering

While the ultimate purpose of operating a refinery is to produce gasoline, diesel or asphalt, key objectives include improving return on investment (ROI), net profitability and cash flow.

Reliability: Know the pitfalls of excessively high oil viscosity

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Since its inception in June 1990, more than half of the 347 “HP Reliability” columns published in Hydrocarbon Processing have incorporated consulting experiences and communications that span the globe.

Innovations

Rhodes, Mike, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Librestream and ecom, a Pepperl+Fuchs brand, have collaborated on an innovation for asset analysis and safety inspections in hazardous locations: the Onsight Cube-Ex wearable camera.

Can nuclear power plant methodologies help improve hydrocarbon processing reliability?—Part 2

Pradhan, S., Consulting Engineer; Abdelkhaliq, A., Tecnicas Reunidas

Safety requirements within nuclear power plants (NPPs) have encouraged the development of several rigorous methodologies that, in turn, have stimulated excellence in operability, reliability, availability and maintenance (RAM) to the extent that numerous guides and standards now regulate that industry.

Pump sealing for low-temperature hydrocarbons and liquefied atmospheric gases

Savage, M., John Crane Inc.

Pumping of low-temperature and cryogenic fluids requires specific and unique engineering technologies for the shaft sealing system.

Case study for a high-performing refinery loss control program

Valentine, J., Emerson Automation Solutions; Videla, R., YPF

Most refineries have some sort of mass balance and loss control program in place for accounting, planning and scheduling, as well as for financial and operational evaluation purposes.

Cloud-based condition monitoring solutions optimize reliability of rotating equipment

Mishra, G., India Farmers Fertilizer Cooperative, Phulpur; McClatchie, D., Vedula, S., Nanoprecise Sci Corp.

Hydrocarbon processing (HP) companies are seeking opportunities to improve productivity, optimize equipment availability and increase process uptime.

Equipment reliability: Critical to protecting margins in a volatile environment

Donlon, A., ExxonMobil

For any hydrocarbon processor, margin is king.

Understand net gas compressor control logic from a process engineering standpoint

Hong, R., Chang, G. S., GS Engineering and Construction

In a refinery or petrochemical plant, certain equipment can create “gray areas” between process engineers and instrument engineers.

Digital: Three steps to implement a 21st-century disaster recovery plan

Cox, E., Allegro Development Corp.

In the wake of Hurricane Florence, businesses across the US had another reminder of how unpredictable and unavoidable disasters are when they strike.