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Special Report: Maintenance/Reliability
Looking for RCFA databases? Consider failure statistics
The data are useful but only the first step toward improving failure analysis
Reliable machines require competent maintenance skills
A proactive approach will provide significant returns through better utilization of existing staff
Retrofitting multijack tensioners on a combustion gas turbine generator
Consider this technology for difficult bolting applications
Loss Prevention/Management Guidelines
Behavior-based technology is the next step to operations excellence
This approach can increase productivity and reduce errors to optimize output
HP Reliability: Consider overspeed protection retrofits
The overwhelming majority of small turbine overspeed trip devices are mechanical; they incorporate a spring-activated trip bolt that moves out and contacts a trip lever whenever a pres..
HP Insight: The next ‘golden age’ of refining
Yes, we can actually dream of the next Golden Age for the refining industry. This will definitely be change, considering the pain and agony of the last decade. The '90s were not "golde..
HP Water Management: How are you treating your condensate? – Part 2
Recovering and recycling steam condensate does offer economic incentives. Proper management of recovered condensate quality is crucial when protecting major equipment such as boilers. ..
Trends and Resources
HP Construction: HPIn Construction
Conoco starts cogen unit Conoco Energy Solutions, a division of Conoco, has started operation of the SRW Cogeneration Ltd. Partnership facility. The 420-MW natural gas-fired plant is located..
HP Impact: China’s supply/demand forecast for HPI products
Projections from China Petrochemical Consulting Corp. show that even with maximum crude oil output, the shortage in China's oil supply will be about 0.09 billion tons (Bton) in 2005. T..
HP Impact: Study ‘sorts through’ oxygenate issues
Whatever environmental benefits an oxygenate requirement in the U.S. had in the early 1990s, they have since "weakened considerably" as a more decisive role is played by improved auto ..
HP Impact: New technologies to be key for downstream success
Volatile oil price cycles and increasing competition will make astute application of technology a key determinant of success for the oil industry, according to Global Oil Trends 2002, ..
HP Impact: Energy industry executives share outlook, concerns
Energy industry executives foresee economic recovery and lower energy prices, but have a high concern for the security of oil and natural gas supplies, according to a survey conducted ..
HP Impact: What increases corporate shareholder value?
Companies that ignore nonfinancial performance risk lower valuations, warns a study from Ernst & Young (E&Y). Energy industries take note: The greater the uncertainty and volatility in..
HP Impact: Initiative studying use for wearable computers
An initiative called In Your Face Computing for Construction, Operations and Maintenance (IYFCCOM) has recently selected three pilot projects for further development. The selected pilo..
HP Impact: Mexico to host technology forum
An international three-day Congress on Process Technologies is to be held in Mexico City, March 18-20, 2002. It is jointly organized by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, In..
Letters to the Editor
Letters to the editor
Main fractionators I recently read the article, "Do we need relief valves on FCC main fractionators?" (Hydrocarbon Processing, Oct., pp. 53 - 56). Although Mr. Elliot did a good job ..
Center for Hydrate Research
Bill Crowley, Contributing Editor You have probably heard about gas hydrates. You know, frozen natural gas and CO2. Some folks think these hydrates may hold the promise of cheap and very ..
North America edition
Gems Sensors Inc., Plainville, Connecticut, a manufacturer of fluid sensors, is acquiring Setra Systems, Inc., Boxborough, Massachusetts. Setra designs and manufactures capacitance pressure transducer..
Asset management begins in the field
Asset management is one of the hottest topics in the HPI today. As mentioned in previous columns, it means different things to different people. But for engineers, the primary focus is..
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