Safety

Pay attention: LockerGoga and Trisis/Triton demand an improved cybersecurity strategy

The need for a solid cybersecurity strategy has been discussed and debated for nearly half a century. However, the basic worm-type attacks first documented in 1972 are still with us today. Why? The reason is because even the most basic measures to protect control systems from these types of attacks are still not systematically employed.

Building industrial networks to serve IIoT and digitalization

Logue, C., Emerson Automation Solutions

Two of the terms growing in popularity over the past few years are “digital native” and “digital immigrant.” Natives are those individuals young enough to have known computers and the internet since childhood. For them, such technologies have always existed. Immigrants, either through age or circumstance, had no exposure until later in life. Hopefully, for them, such technologies are a welcome addition to work and life, but they can remember times when most activities were more manual, local and isolated.

Business Trends: One downstream—Strategic imperatives for the evolving refining and chemical sectors

Dickson, D., Slaughter, A., Deloitte Services; Mittal, A., Deloitte Services LP

Downstream executives will remember the present decade as a golden age for the industry, driven by low feedstock prices and healthy end-use demand.

Industry Perspectives: Hydrocarbon Processing honored with industry award nominations

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

In early September, Hydrocarbon Processing staff learned that the publication was nominated for several publishing awards by Folio magazine.

Cybersecurity: Crucial defenses for critical infrastructures

Small, D., NCC Group

A colleague of mine once suggested to a chemical plant operator that it was a good idea to apply patches to Windows-based supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) servers as soon as they become available every month—after all, a lot of them fix security vulnerabilities.

Associations: Integrated vs. non-integrated safety systems: Does it really matter?

Gupta, M. S., ARC Advisory Group

ARC Advisory Group’s 23rd annual Industry Forum included a panel discussion that explored the relative merits of integrated vs. non-integrated safety systems in an increasingly connected world.

Engineering Case Histories: Case 108—Failure analysis computations differ from design

Sofronas, A., Consulting Engineer

When equipment fails, it indicates weak points and usually exposes the cause(s) of the failure.

Reliability: Viewing issues out of context may be a waste of time

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

An alternative to the above title would be “Test your rotating equipment engineers’ IQ.”

Securing industrial systems in a digital world

The development of industrial control systems (ICS) over the past two decades has changed the face of many industries.

Looking back at the Phillips 66 explosion in Pasadena, Texas: 30 years later

Bloch, K. P., Contributing Writer; Vaughen, B.K., AIChE

October 23, 2019 marks the 30-yr anniversary of a devastating fire and explosion that claimed the lives of 23 workers at a major chemical plant in Pasadena, Texas.