HP Reliability: Maintain proficiency in root-cause-failure analysis

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Earlier in the year, the author attended a series of client and organizers’ presentations at the 2013 TapRooT Summit in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. TapRooT is a structured failure analysis and trouble..

HP Reliability: Why users must update design contractors’ understanding

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

In early 2012, a rotating equipment engineer was involved in a machinery quality assessment (MQA).1 Located halfway around the globe, this engineer’s new job was to oversee the engineering, procu..

HP Viewpoint: Increase the visibility and reliability of all major plant assets

Scheef, D., Dresser-Rand

Turbomachinery, essential to refining and petrochemical operations, has significant impact on plant production, maintenance and energy consumption. One of the most effective ways to improve turbomachi..

HP Innovations

Blume, Adrienne, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Burner management system ideal for retrofitsPrincipal Technology Inc. offers a modern burner management system (BMS) (Fig. 1) specifically designed for the retrofit of legacy boilers, ovens, furnaces ..

HP Reliability: Leaders must allocate time for technology updates

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Just as a good medical doctor is expected to have wide knowledge on modern treatment options, we would expect reliability professionals to be equally informed on technology advances. There are numerou..

HP Reliability: Expect adversity, but plan for success

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Consider that a major oil refinery was planning a substantial modernization project in 2008. Energy efficiency gains and the ability to process a more readily available crude slate were key motivating..

HP Reliability: Gain more flexibility with special liners for reciprocating compressor cylinders

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

By changing only the crank-end head, piston and rod assembly, the same cylinder body can be mounted on any of the common 5-in. to 7-in. stroke compressor frames that have been manufactured in the last five decades.

HP Impact: A glance at the 2014 NOx control market

Thinnes, Billy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Stationary sources around the world will spend $11 billion in 2014 for capital equipment and consumables to control NOx. This is the latest projection in a report published by McIlvaine Co.The utility..

Investigate power limitations in a large steam turbine

Ghaisas, N., Fluor Canada Ltd.

An investigation was carried out to rectify power limitations for a steam-turbine driver of a cracked-gas compressor (CGC) in a world-class ethylene plant.DescriptionThe turbine is a nine-stage, impul..

Seal safety may require going beyond typical standards

Shaw, S., AESSEAL plc

Top industry professionals believe users must reach beyond typical standards in applying safer mechanical seals when hazardous and toxic chemicals are involved.