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Special Report: Improving Process Control
Improve APC project success
Understand these pitfalls to avoid problems
Model-free adaptive technology improves distillation column chain control
It enabled PetroChina to increase production safety and efficiency
How to lose money with inferential properties
Fourteen more rules that, if followed, will ensure that advanced control will drive the unit further away from optimum operation
Embedded APC tools reduce costs of the technology
Control projects can be more easily justified for smaller plants
New level control techniques
Target flow nonlinear control and target opening nonlinear control offer advantages in some applications
Model predictive control for nonlinear processes with varying dynamics
A parametric approach produces accurate models
Understand control benefits estimates
Here's how the five popular methods work
Optimize LNG vaporizers
Consider these guidelines to predict the performance of open rack vaporizers during normal and abnormal conditions
Use an enterprise portal to link plant data with refinery planning tools
Here's how to better automate and integrate the process
Shift your cylinder gas procurement and usage paradigms
Rethinking current systems can eliminate many analytical problems while improving costs
NPSHA —how much is enough?
Follow these guidelines to avoid pump damage
Reduce energy costs for distillation column
Steam ejectors as part of the auxiliary water circuit can optimize energy and improve reliability
Systematic depressurization design is more than just a safety necessity
Implementing this approach can save money while meeting required regulations
Cure liquid carryover from compressor suction drums
Here's how to apply mist eliminators for higher throughput and efficiency
HP Reliability: Substantive change needed
"When reform becomes the status quo," says Frederick M. Hess, executive editor of Education Next and resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, "then you'll encounter symbolic activity rat..
HP Automation Safety: CFSE update
In IEC61508, the international standard for functional safety, there are requirements for "Competence of Persons." The general statement from IEC61508 Part 1, Appendix B, reads, "All persons involved ..
HP Integration Strategies: Alarm management: more important than ever
Almost since the beginning of the concept of automatic control, there have been process alarms. For most process plants, automatic control has progressed far beyond early control devices that operated..
HPIn Europe: Keeping the barricades away from your refinery gate
What I like about reading Isaac Asimov (I'm on the last book of his classic sci-fi series) is the way it gets me to see the history in current events. This month, I've had a think about how history mi..
Trends and Resources
HP Construction: HPIn Construction: North America
Shell Martinez Refinery has a $5.3 million contract with Honeywell to modernize its Flexicoker unit. Under agreement terms, Honeywell will install a process control system and provide engineering and ..
HP Construction: HPIn Construction: South America
GE Energy has a $50 million contract to supplying two compression modules to Petrobras Netherlands BV. The agreement is for a new floating production unit (FPU) to be located in the Campos Basin, off ..
HP Construction: HPIn Construction: Europe
BASF Aktiengesellschaft (BASF) and Dow Chemical Co. have finalized plans to build a propylene oxide (PO) plant in Antwerp, Belgium. The new plant will implement the hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) to PO (HPP..
HP Construction: HPIn Construction: Middle East
Hindustan Petroleum Corp. Ltd. (HPCL) is licensing UOP's CCR Platforming technology for its Mumbai and Vishakapatnam (Vizag) refineries to produce high-octane reformate, an ultra-clean gasoline blendi..
HP Construction: HPIn Construction: Asia-Pacific
Aker Kvaerner has a letter of intent (LOI) with Agip Kazakhstan North Caspian Operating Company N.V. to perform fabrication, outfitting and testing of seven barges for oil production in the Kashagan o..
HP In Brief: HPIn Brief
LPG outlook for Latin America The world LPG industry is..
HP Impact: HPImpact: Faulty data exchange costs industry billions
Inadequate software interoperability in the capital facilities industry cost $15.8 billion in 2002 due to lost efficiency. A new report from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) p..
HP Impact: HPImpact: FTC: energy mergers not impacting prices at pump
The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a report that presents a detailed overview of structural changes in the petroleum industry and describes commission law enforcement activities related to p..
HP Impact: HPImpact: Retrofits for coal power plants drive NO
In spite of declining grassroots power plant construction in the US, recent upswing in coal-fired power plant retrofit and upgrade projects, as well as environmental compliance in the heavy manufactur..
HP Impact: HPImpact: Framework examines sustainability for global road transport
For the past four years, 12 leading international automotive and energy companies have worked together to consider how global mobility patterns might evolve in the period to 2030 and beyond, what stra..
HP Impact: HPImpact: Rising coal prices not to affect natural gas markets, says study
Breaking with conventional thinking on the effects of coal price on gas price, new research by consultancy Wood Mackenzie finds that rising spot Central Appalachian coal (CAPP) prices will not lead to..
HP Impact: HPImpact: New plant projects in Asia stimulate DCS demand
The distributed control systems (DCS) market in Asia is expected to grow 6.3%/yr through 2008. The market was $2.6 billion in 2003; it will exceed $3.5 billion in 2008, according to a new outlook by A..
HP Impact: HPImpact: Asia equipment sales soar; repair costs grow in US and Europe
The world has emerged from recession and this has unleashed expenditures to expand and maintain production. However, there is a marked difference in the activity depending on the region, according to ..
HP Impact: HPImpact: Miscellany of note from the HPI
Chrysler Group is using B5 – a 5% blend of biodiesel – for the first tank of fuel in its new Jeep Liberty sport utility vehicle. Biodiesel is an alternative fuel that can be made from f..
Case 23: Analyzing a crack-like defect in a vessel wall
You should know what needs to be done but not necessarily how to do it
Improve FCC yields to meet changing environment—Part 2
Controlling emissions is another vital component for revamp projects
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