Rotating Equipment

Reliability: Calculating the value of upgrading: Shortcut estimations find savings and payback

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Bearings are precision components; to survive, they require clean lubricants in adequate amounts.

Editorial Comment: Advancing ideas and best practices by learning from others

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

For 99 yr, Hydrocarbon Processing has provided hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI) professionals around the world with the latest technologies, best practices, know-how and case studies.

If you want AI to overcome limitations, give it more scalability

Brooks, M., AspenTech

Artificial intelligence (AI) has caused a significant buzz not only within the hydrocarbon processing industry but also in everyday activities.

Key instrumentation technologies to tackle the toughest measurement challenges

Oberle, C., Bonkat, T., Emerson Automation Solutions

Just as some people seek out extreme sports, process manufacturing has its extreme applications, and engineers who design for these environments must find ways to safely contain and monitor all manner of dangerous reactions and products.

Reliability: Pushing the limit can have unexpected consequences

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

A prominent manufacturer rediscovered the old axiom, “pushing the limit can have unexpected consequences,” after experiencing many bearing failures in its 40-hp air blowers. These lifetime-lubricated (sealed) bearings had been properly installed on 20-mm shafts, and it can be assumed that premium greases were being used.

Business Trends: A perspective on new technology impacts on the chemical processing industry

Fernandes, S., Yokogawa Corp.

Over the past five years, the industrial evolution has been propelled by the same technologies that have dramatically changed our private lives.

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.

Double-suction centrifugal compressor in ethylene plant inlet piping design

Zardynezhad, S., TurboTech Consulting Corp.

Centrifugal compressors are designed with different suction nozzle orientations and impeller layouts in casing.

Valves, Pumps and Turbomachinery: Using 3D metallic printing for manufacturing refinery pump impellers

Additive manufacturing (AM), also known as 3D metallic printing, is identified as one of the game-changing technologies in recent years for the oil and gas industry.

Reliability: Viewing every maintenance intervention as an upgrade opportunity

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

When a long-time maintenance supervisor was promoted to the head of his refinery’s reliability department, he wanted to make “Precision Maintenance is Our Passion” his banner and headline.