March 2000


Special Report: ACHEMA 2OOO/Petrochemical Developments

Reclaim precious metals from spent catalysts with zero discharge
Derouin, C., Centre de Recherche de Gonfreville; DeSantis, R., Sabin Metal Corp.

A case history/exposition provides valuable HPI information on catalyst recovery


Controlling vessels and tanks
Driedger, W. C., Colt Engineering

Understanding their functions will improve control

Maintenance and Reliability

Using and justifying systematic root-cause analysis
Maquardt, A., Paradies, M., System Improvements, Inc.

These techniques can reduce failures and improve troubleshooting

Rotating Equipment/Instrumentation

Effective machinery monitoring: getting the most for your investment
Sela, U., Sequoia Engineering and Design Associates

Here's why, when, where and how to make the effort


HP Control: Fieldbus getting more confusing
Kane, L., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

We are preparing our next Fieldbus Technology supplement which will be published in our June issue. Much has happened in the fieldbus arena in the past few years that has caused some confusion. Follow..

HP Reliability: Consider flexure pivot bearings
Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Flexure pivot bearings (Fig. 1) are increasingly found in modern machinery. Modern machining methods make it possible to produce these bearings integral with the bearing shell, which simplifies assemb..

HPInternet: Canada – refined petroleum products industry
Crowley, B., Competitive Analysis Technologies

If Canada is in your downstream crosshairs, you will need to frequent a site brought to us by the folks at Industry Canada. Strategis is the name for a vast collection of Canadian data on the Internet..

HP Water Management: When should you use activated carbon in water pretreatment systems?
Huchler, L. A., MarTech Systems, Inc.

Carbon is a very common filter media in both water and process systems. Water pretreatment processes use activated carbon – aka steam-activated carbon – for very specific purposes. Typical a..

HPInformer: North America edition
Stephens, F. P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Fluent Inc., Lebanon, New Hampshire, a leading provider of computational fluid-dynamics (CFD) simulation software and services, and Aspen Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, a leading supplier of ma..

HPInformer: International edition
Stephens, F. P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

BEFS PROKEM, Mulhouse, France, has taken an important step in developing its business with a stronger background by merging with PECSIE, Paris, France, (formerly owned by TREDI, Paris) forming a new c..

New Developments: NEW Developments

Pump-control system with SPC KSB Aktiengesellschaft introduces a new pump-control system for use in industrial, power engineering and water management applications. It is based on Siemens' SIMATIC ..

HP Construction: HPIn Construction
Stephens, F. P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

ABB awarded ethane cracker contract from EC Erdölchemie EC Erdölchemie GmbH (EC) has awarded the detailed and authority engineering to ABB for a new ethane cracker train at its site in Wo..

HP In Brief: HPIn Brief
Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

'Leave SPR alone,' urges Kansas Governor Bill Graves. He recently warned U.S. federal lawmakers not to sell oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) to moderate the rise in heating oil prices. ..

HP Impact: HPImpact: World petrochemical industry overview
Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The outlook for the global petrochemical industry is featured in an updated report by CMAI (Houston, Texas), a petrochemical consulting company. The following are highlights from that company's market..

HP Impact: HPImpact: Software that resolves design arguments?
Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Conflicts between engineers and other professionals who design facilities may one day be anticipated and resolved automatically by computers. Would this eliminate human egos and fallibility from the p..

HP Impact: HPImpact: Insulation-appraiser certification program
Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

An ambitious program has been developed to train individuals to evaluate the thermal performance of insulated vs. uninsulated processes in a facility. The National Insulation Association (NIA) believe..

HP Impact: HPImpact: Studies say capacity needed for polyester, intermediates
Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Was 1999 the turning point for many sectors of the polyester and intermediates business? According to new analyses of supply and demand from TECNON (UK) Ltd., last year was the end of a period of rapi..

HP Impact: HPImpact: Chemical sector: major market for air pollution systems
Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Sales of air pollution control systems and the accompanying engineering and monitoring services will exceed $26 billion worldwide in 2000. So says the latest forecast from the McIlvaine Company, North..

HP Impact: HPImpact: Industry increases 3D design investments
Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Owner/ operator and EPC investments in 3D plant design and visualization software are poised to rise to record levels. According to industry-analyst Daratech, the market will top $280 million in 2000,..

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor

Use equipment failure statistics properly I reviewed some of my work performed last year, in particular a risk study for our community water treatment plant. We used a study in support of an appe..


Petrochemical outlook
Romanow, Stephany, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Petrochemicals are the focus for our March issue. Many petrochemical/ chemical products are traded as commodities; thus, any method to minimize manufacturing and energy costs or increase yields is alw..

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Selected by Les Kane and Stephany Romanow, Editors       Comments? Write: ..

Loose change

Cris Whetton, Contributing Editor       Comments? Write: ..