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Digital: ROI is the secret sauce for sustainable digital transformation

Burke, Z., Radix Engineering and Software

Digital transformation is a broad term that can mean vastly different things to different people.

Regional Focus: Russia looks to double petrochemicals and LPG exports by 2025

Gerden, E., Contributing Writer

Russia hopes to become one of the world’s largest producers and exporters of petrochemicals and LPG by 2025 by doubling its domestic output and exports.

Executive Viewpoint: Interconnected neural networks drive breakthrough optimization

Cohen, G., Imubit

We have all learned that technology alone will not improve our operations.

Engineering Case Histories: Case 111: Predict the cause of cracks in gear teeth and time to failure

Sofronas, A., Consulting Engineer

In the practice of engineering, we sometimes wish for better hindsight or foresight.

Reliability: Finding upgraded sealing solutions

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

By universal agreement, the safety and reliability of facilities in the hydrocarbon processing industry—and most other industrial plants—are of highest importance.

Down with downtime: Repair complex petrochemical components with selective electroplating

Arana, T., SIFCO ASC

The volatile impact of the coronavirus pandemic hit at the same time the petrochemical industry was entering a downcycle.

Strategies to minimize piping thermal maintenance system cost without compromising performance

Forbes, B., AMETEK

Where process fluid must be maintained within a certain operating temperature window, the piping will likely require the application of a thermal maintenance system.

Optimizing failure data analysis

Stewart, L., Statham, S., exida LLC

A critical objective of engineers who design an automatic protection system is to lower the false trip rate and to lower a key metric called average probability of failure on demand (PFDavg).

The use of tube inserts in fired heaters

Martin, M., XRG Technologies

In 1896, Whitham1 reported the successful use of twisted tapes (originally called retarders, and now also called turbulators) to increase heat transfer in boiler fire tubes—their effectiveness in increasing heat transfer is well known.

Getting the most out of your process burner tiles

Baukal, C., Johnson, B., John Zink Hamworthy Combustion

It is often incorrectly assumed that the burner tile is simply a piece of refractory or firebrick. Nothing could be further from the truth.