March 2001


Business Systems Management

Discover a powerful tool for scheduling in ERM systems
Badell, M., Puigjaner, L., Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya

Employing practical cross-functional links between production and financial planning in this process helps to produce effective results

Data Reconciliation

Steady-state online data reconciliation in a crude oil distillation unit
Chen, B., Department of Chemical Engineering, Tsingshua University; Li, B., Department of Chemical Engineering, Tsinhhua University

These techniques improved profitability of online optimization


Increase MPC project efficiency using multivariable closed-loop identification
Butoyi, F., Dow Benelux

This method reduces test time and improves model quality

Maintenance and Reliability

Reduce plant startup problems
Bowdoin, K.A., ST2EP

Use these guidelines to avoid delays and costly mistakes

Management Guidelines

Transforming a noncompetitive enterprise
Beavers, J. T., Consultant

Shift your company’s culture into a higher gear by reviewing these sound management principles

Rotating Equipment

Magnetic-drive pumps: technology and new applications
Brodersen, S., KSB AG

Developments in bearings, containment shells, magnets and cooling techniques improve reliability


HP Control: Online monitoring of APC benefits
Kern, A.G., Tesoro Corp.

The December HP In Control editorial, "Automation: moving from a commodity," caught my attention because the benefit of online monitoring of advanced control has been a frequent topic a..

HP Reliability: Storage protection of positive displacement compressors
Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Preservation or corrosion inhibiting of inactive process machinery depends on the type of equipment, expected length of inactivity and the time required to restore the equipment to serv..

HP Water Management: What do scaling indices mean?
Huchler, L. A., MarTech Systems, Inc.

Industry has developed several semi-quantitative measures of the scaling tendency of water. System designers and engineers use these empirical indices to predict the scaling from water ..

HP Automation Safety: Making decisions about risk reduction
Marsza, E. M., exida LLC

Although we all make decisions every day, very few of us use a systematic process. When making decisions about things like risk reduction, a systematic process is essential. The nature ..

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

BASF-YPC / Shaw sign contract for construction of steam-cracker BASF-YPC Co. Ltd. has awarded a contract to The Shaw Group Inc. for the engineering, procurement and construction of its ..

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

Several 'promising' combinations of technology and products for stranded gas utilization are assessed in a new report from Chem Systems ( Technologies for producing middle distill..

HP Impact: HPImpact: Chem Systems petrochemical outlook
Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Economic supply / demand forecasts vary for different HPI market segments. Recent presentations at the annual Chem Systems petrochemical conference (Houston, Texas, Jan. 31 - Feb. 1, 2001) featured cu..

HP Impact: HPImpact: Responding to the e-business challenge
Weirauch, Wendy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

What's the fallout and future for buyer-seller e-commerce exchanges in the HPI? A year has passed since the first electronic marketplaces hit the scene. Recently, Leif Eriksen from AMR Research Inc. (..


Information service for the Newly Independent States

Bill Crowley, Contributing Editor       Comments? Write: Surprise! The boss walked in and asked you to take a trip to Russ..


Flo P. Stephens, Editor, Departments/International       Comments? Write: Enraf BV, Delft, The, Netherlands, and FCI Environme..


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Tough times still ahead
Romanow, Stephany, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Participation in the petrochemical industry is not for the faint of heart. Let's face it; this industry operates in a cyclic nature. We often seek soothsayers that can accurately forete..