May 2006

Process Safety

The evolution of a modern software system

How Web-based software applies to process safety management

Imes, I. E., Curtiss Wright Flow Control Corp.

As an older chemical engineer, I have watched the hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI) evolve; starting in the 1960s through the 1970s it improved and reinvented itself. Then, in the 1980s and 1990s, the HPI became world citizens concerned with environment and safety while trying to maintain profitability. Professionals working in operations implemented continuous improvement by creating real-time computerized models and controls for processes and management systems. Fortunately, operators had the wisdom to keep an eye on the future. They adopted a flexible, expandable systems approach to operating and administrative controls. Unfortunately, those in the consulting arena had to evolve alo

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