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HP Control: The rise of the independent advanced control firm
Recent years saw a shift in the control engineering business toward consolidation of companies in the field. During 1998 this trend began to reverse in favor of a proliferation of small independent fi..
HP Reliability: Plans needed to train proficient engineers
More than once, this column has dealt with the importance of training the reliability professional. Thirty-five years ago, my section supervisor at New Jersey-based Exxon Research and Engineering disc..
At the bottom of the barrel – after all the jet fuel, gasoline, diesel, and petrochemical and lube oil feedstocks have been removed at the refinery – there are still the bottoms, residual fu..
HP Insight: Déjà vu all over again
It's February; accordingly, many HPI consultants are preparing their forecasts for 1999 and the next few years. From reading the headlines, there are very few surprises, especially for petrochemicals...
HP Water Management: Appreciating the power of water
You need not look hard within a process plant to find key technical and production personnel who overlook improvement opportunities within industrial water systems. This oversight is often rooted in t..
HPIn SHE: Environmental protection
We talk a lot about "environmental protection" – sometimes, we even do something about it. However, we tend to forget that the adjective environmental means concerning the environment. Conse..
HPIn Competitiveness: The next era has begun
I started working with availability, reliability and maintenance engineering and management in the 1980s. Little was known or published about this side of business operations. Consequently, I set out ..
Trends and Resources
HPInformer: HPInformer, North America edition
ABB, Rochester, New York, has formed a new business to develop and market intelligent software products for a wide range of process industries. The intelligent solutions product business will provide ..
HPInformer: HPInformer, International edition
Akzo Nobel N.V., Arnhem, the Netherlands, has sold its Plastic Packaging and Laminate and Aluminum Tubes businesses (formerly part of Courtaulds) to a new company financed principally by funds managed..
HP Construction: HPIn Construction
BOC Gases to build carbon dioxide plant BOC Gases plans to start up a 500 tpd CO2 purification and liquefaction facility in El Segundo, California. The BOC plant will capture and recycle raw CO2 fr..
HP In Brief: HPIn Brief
'Latest science debunks global warming hysteria,' says Patrick J. Michaels, a professor of environmental science at the University of Virginia and a senior fellow in environmental studies at the Cato ..
HP Impact: HPImpact: Europe's refiners achieve 42% reduction in oil discharges
According to a recent report, European refiners have reduced oil discharges from their facilities. The study, released in December 1998 from CONCAWE, summarizes 1997 survey responses from 105 refineri..
HP Impact: HPImpact: LIMS users rate product, supplier
A recent survey of laboratory information management system (LIMS) users in Europe asked LIMS managers to give their insights and experiences. Researchers from a market research firm asked respondents..
HP Impact: HPImpact: Market forces affect butylene, PA outlooks
A recent overview from SRI Consulting assesses the market outlook for various chemicals. Highlights from two petrochemical overviews of significance to the HPI follow: Butylene. Referred to as bute..
HP Impact: HPImpact: U.S. purchasers predict 5.2% revenue increase
Economic growth will be higher in 1999 than last year, predicts a survey of U.S. purchasing executives from various industries. A significant 68% expect their 1999 revenues to be greater than 1998, fo..
HP Impact: HPImpact: Report profiles energy boardrooms
A recent survey by executive search firm Spencer Stuart profiles 65 leading energy companies. The report compares these organizations' board practices to those of the companies in Standard & Poor's 50..
HP Impact: HPImpact: R&D spending gains expected for 1999
Total expenditures in research and development (R&D) in the U.S. are expected to increase to nearly $236 billion in 1999. This is a jump of 7% over the estimated $221 billion spent in 1998. "Barrin..
HP Impact: HPImpact: 1998: 'one of toughest' for oil industry
The director of statistics for the American Petroleum Institute (API) has characterized 1998 as "one of the toughest years for the U.S. oil and natural gas industry." However, with declines in upstrea..
HP Impact: HPImpact: Pressure transmitter N.A. market assessed
The North American pressure transmitter market continues to evolve from reliance on conventional transmitters to smart transmitters. A new market study from ARC concludes that "the pace of that transf..
HP Impact: HPImpact: An Asian recovery? Pump sales forecast
An optimistic outlook from the Hydraulic Institute, Parsippany, New Jersey, forecasts that "an Asian recovery will help push worldwide pump sales to more than $22 billion in 2003." Important industry ..
Feedstocks and products
In this day and age of low crude oil prices, low product prices and, consequently, low operating margins, HPI operating companies are implementing many different strategies to improve overall profitab..
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