Refining

Business Trends: The acceleration of industrial autonomy and its impact on sustainable manufacturing

Finnan, K., Yokogawa

In 2020, the author’s company published the results of a survey that highlighted a significant shift to industrial autonomy, with as many as 89% of companies planning to increase the level of autonomy in their operations.

Innovations

Rhodes, Mike, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

In a continued effort to serve the corrosion industry, Carboline has launched CarboNext, a program to educate, connect, support and engage with the next generation of engineers and professionals.

Process Control, Instrumentation and Automation: Distillation column DCS control configuration

Friedman, Y. Z., Petrocontrol

Is there a consensus about a distillation column distributed control system (DCS) control strategy? Much has been written about this topic, covering configuration possibilities, constraints and interacting control considerations.

Supply Chain: Strategic cost management: Uncover supply chain inefficiencies

Long, P., Opportune LLP

Controlling costs is critical for any energy company. Firms may spend to grow through acquisition, develop new business, gain market share or invest in new opportunities.

Uncommon lessons: Shell-and-tube heat exchangers—Part 2

Daru, K., Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.; Panchal, A., Independent Consultant; Gala, P., Reliance Industries Ltd.

Shell-and-tube heat exchangers (STHEs) are the most common heat transfer process equipment in all types of industrial plants.

History of the HPI: The 1970s: Crises, clean air, plastic bottles and the DCS

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The 1970s were marked by several historical events that affected not only the hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI) but nations around the world.

Overcome inflation and supply chain issues in construction

Rentschler, C., Al Bassami Industries; Parmar, A., MilliporeSigma, a Merck KGaA Company; Shahani, G., Independent Consultant

Inflation and supply chain disruptions are not new to the construction industry, but the severe combination of these factors and the rapid pace of change driven by the COVID-19 pandemic are unprecedented.

Advancing circular solutions with chemistry

Covestro will provide an overview of innovative technology approaches with which plastics from the product portfolio can be mechanically and chemically recycled.

Hydroprocessing catalyst selection—Part 2: Considerations and best practices for catalyst testing

Pongboot, N., Global R&D; Upienpong, T., Karunkeyoon, W., PTT Global Chemical

Hydroprocessing catalysts are an essential part of the refinery involved in the treatment/conversion of most petroleum fractions, ranging from naphtha to residue.

Advanced cleaner technology: Leveraging tailored solutions for reliability goals

Hannon, J., ExxonMobil Fuels and Lubricants

Operators at refineries, petrochemical plants and power generation companies are under constant pressure to reduce maintenance and operational costs, boost productivity, minimize risk of unplanned outages and maximize time between overhaul periods.