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HP Control: Control from the machinery perspective
We have reported several times on the trend toward integrating process and machinery controls to improve asset management from the process control system perspective. Real-time machinery data can be u..
HP Reliability: Just not getting the point
Earlier this year, I was teaching a course in "Reciprocating Compressor Reliability Optimization and Improvement" to a group of engineers and senior technicians at a U.S. oil production location. Reco..
HPInternet: The 17th Congress of the World Energy Council
The 17th Congress of the World Energy Council was held on September 13 – 18, 1998, in Houston, Texas. Industry and government leaders from over 100 nations discussed and debated the key issues th..
HPIn SHE: Risk and responsibility*
Risk is poorly understood by the general public and by many engineers. It is typified by two extreme attitudes that I call the Two Bomb and the Black Helicopter. The Two Bomb attitude is derived from ..
HPIn Processing: Refining "divorcement"
Over the past few years, gasoline prices in California (as well as other areas of the U.S.) have experienced occasional spikes. In some areas, most notably San Diego and San Francisco, these price spi..
HPIn Competitiveness: Measuring business performance from reliability and maintenance
A plant's success in meeting its strategically and competitively based production goals is measured as revenues. Revenues, along with cost per unit, total expenses, and working and capital investment ..
Delayed coking in the CIS Fig. 1
Fig. 1   Process and equipment configur..
Design a safe, in-compliance relief valve
A workable scheme can satisfy management, plant personnel and regulating agencies that the system is properly designed and maintained
Industry initiative addresses 'abnormal events'
Research is developing technologies that mitigate unexpected process upsets – the ASM story
Use dry gas seals on cracked gas applications
Olefins operator reduces maintenance costs by installing MACT sealing systems on compressors
Trends and Resources
HP Innovations: HPInnovations
Mapping system lowers as-built survey costs A powerful new 3D mapping, modeling and imaging tool has been introduced by Cyra Technologies, Inc. The Cyrax 3D Laser Mapping System is claimed to conduc..
HPInformer: HPInformer, North America edition
Elliot Co., Jeannette, Pennsylvania, has acquired Turbine Specialties Inc., Salina, Kansas, and Harvey, Louisiana, and American Diesel Engineering, Yorktown, Virginia. These acquired facilities have b..
HPInformer: HPInformer, International edition
DSM Research, the R&D organization of the Dutch-based international chemicals and materials group – DSM N.V., and Cambridge Combinatorial, have reached an agreement regarding research cooperation..
New Developments: NEW Developments
Air-cooled probe shroud for high-temperature environments The Model 022 air-cooled probe shroud allows use of standard borescopes in high-temperature, high pressure and corrosive environments. Optic..
HP Construction: HPIn Construction
Amoco licenses gas phase technology for plant expansion Amoco Corp. and Chemopetrol have agreed on licensing Amoco's gas phase polypropylene process technology for the expansion of Chemopetrol's fac..
Free Literature: FREE literature
Portable scanning system New four-color bulletin covers Krautkramer's ANDSCAN – a portable scanning, data analysis and documentation system for generating critical-area inspection images. It ca..
HP In Brief: HPIn Brief
Gas, oil industries anticipate on-time Y2K readiness. According to a recent survey of more than 800 gas and oil companies, nearly a third of respondents who provided dates expect to have their compute..
HP Impact: HPImpact: How are Superfund dollars spent?
Hydrocarbon processing companies have been paying tax dollars to Superfund to finance cleanups of the worst hazardous sites. Promulgated in 1980, the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation..
HP Impact: HPImpact: Oil companies close financial gap
Oil company commodity chemical operations have closed the financial performance gap with petrochemical companies, according to a new study from New Vernon Associates, Inc., Parsippany, New Jersey. ..
HP Impact: HPImpact: LNG industry outlook for Asia-Pacific
An "Energy Advisory" from the East-West Center addresses the pre-existing potential for a supply surplus in the Asia-Pacific LNG industry. It examines some of the causes and also forecasts supply and ..
HP Impact: HPImpact: ECC industry reps meet to evaluate issues
HPI owners, contractors, suppliers and business analysts convened recently to discuss critical issues of mutual interest. The 30th annual Engineering and Construction Contracting Conference, Scottsdal..
HP Impact: HPImpact: Forecast for benzene supply and demand
From 1998 through 2003, benzene is forecast to grow at 3.9%/yr to 35.1 million tons (MMton). Following growth of 1.6% in 1996, demand for benzene and its derivatives spurted during 1997 to a 6.2% grow..
HP Impact: HPImpact: Low gas prices, but at what cost?
An oversupply of crude oil has kept prices down in the U.S. throughout the summer, despite the seasonal high demands for gasoline. However, low gasoline prices could signal trouble ahead, warned the I..
HP Impact: HPImpact: Volatility in supply chain management
The supply chain management (SCM) market will grow at a 50% compound annual growth rate over the next five years, reaching $13.6 billion in 2002. So says AMR Research, Inc., an industry and market ana..
HP Impact: HPImpact: Visualizing unseen aids site cleanup
A plan to clean up soil and groundwater contamination is frequently not easy to formulate, since the problem's effects are typically invisible. Soil and groundwater contamination are expensive remedia..
What are the odds?
Loss prevention, as illustrated on this month's cover, is focused on avoiding fire and other catastrophic events. In the latest Marsh & McLennan survey,1 fires are cited as the second frequent cause o..
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