September 2007

Process Optimization

Integrated techniques for low-cost process debottlenecking

Implementing this novel method can save your company money

Continuous process improvement is a critical element in maintaining competitiveness in the hydrocarbon processing industry. There are various forms of process improvement such as yield enhancement, quality improvement, material and energy conservation, waste minimization, and safety enhancement.1 There is a particularly important process improvement category, which is associated with plants that have sold-out and profitable products. In such cases, market conditions and the prospects for enhancing the company's revenues and profits drive the process to increase production. When the process reaches maximum production rates without satisfying the market demand, it is referred to as being "bott

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