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Special Report: Maintenance/Reliability
Proven turnaround practices
Follow these guidelines to reduce costs and shorten downtime
Audit your lubrication practices
Payback can usually be measured in days by finding areas that need improvement
Consider multi-jackbolt tensioners
Benefits include improved safety and reduced cost and installation time
Use PdM to optimize pump overhauls
These condition monitoring methods estimate increased power consumption due to wear
Diagnostics capabilities of Foundation fieldbus pressure transmitters
Tests in an FCC unit showed both instrument and process problems could be detected
Combine temperature surveys, field tests and gamma scans for effective troubleshooting
Each method offers pros and cons; yet combined, these techniques form a powerful tool to diagnose operational problems in fractionators
Engineering Case Histories
HP Reliability: Compare your reliability management practices to best-of-class
Periodic auditing of the state of your reliability management practices is needed if your plant wants to be assured of not being overtaken by the competition. One effective way to condu..
HP Automation Safety: Beware of trip point negative creep
I recently rediscovered a curious phenomenon that affects SIS shutdown settings: trip points. This malady is particularly problematic for flow measurements in plants that have gone thro..
HP Integration Strategies: Ten questions for your process automation system migration partner
ARC estimates that roughly $65 billion worth of automation systems presently installed are at the end of their traditional life cycle. To make the decision to migrate to newer process a..
Trends and Resources
HP Innovations: HPInnovations
High-fidelity graphics card for plant design Plant documentation that has historically resided in paper format is now supplied electronically. This significantly increases the amount of..
Fieldbus chosen for Chinese complex China National Offshore Oil Corp. (CNOOC) will use Foundation Fieldbus to automate a new petrochemical facility. It is claimed to be the largest inst..
High-strength steel knife gate valve A unique 48-in. knife gate valve, part of the Big Knife family, is made of high-strength 2205 duplex steel for processing more corrosive and abrasiv..
Diaphragm compressors for fuel cell applications Pdc Machines designs and manufactures diaphragm compressor systems and reformers for fuel cell technology. Partnering with companies and..
HP In Brief: HPIn Brief
Trends in pumps, seals, valves A..
HP Impact: EU representatives examine viability of hydrogen economy
Meeting last month, seminar participants from EU governments and private sectors examined research and development (R&D) priorities for creating a hydrogen infrastructure. The Internati..
HP Impact: World’s first 700-bar compressed hydrogen filling station opens
Linde AG has created the world's first hydrogen filling station using 700-bar (10,000-psi) technology for the Adam Opel AG. This is claimed to be an important milestone on the road to t..
HP Impact: Declining capacity driving improved petrochemicals outlook
While global energy prices had moderated by the beginning of 2002, the increasing political turmoil overwhelmed conventional supply/demand dynamics pushing energy values upward 50 - 100..
HP Impact: Growth seen for world petrochemicals despite high feedstock prices
Until recently, the price of natural gas had become very affordable, enabling many producers to enjoy profits that had not been seen in the petrochemicals industry for a number of years..
HP Impact: Consumer preference key determinant for new-fueled vehicles
Wendy Weirauch, Managing Editor       Comments? Write: WW@HydrocarbonProcessing.com "Techno..
HP Impact: Weakening in crude fundamentals forecast
The crude oil markets have been plagued by uncertainties that have elevated the role of market psychology in shaping prices. As a consequence, prices have been volatile and generally st..
HP Impact: Control valve market realizes gains from HPI project upgrades
The worldwide control valve market, which totaled almost $3 billion in 2002, will reach almost $3.5 billion by the end of 2007, expanding at a cumulative annual growth rate of over 3%. ..
Feedstocks’ pricing – survival in the belly of the beast
For natural-gas-based petrochemicals, feedstock pricing has been a true beast of burden. Recent high natural gas pricing in North America (NA) is great for suppliers. Yet, for users, hi..
North America Aker Kvaerner has a front-end loading, detailed design, procurement assistance and construction management contract for DuPont Dow Elastomers' consolidation project at its..
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