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Special Report: Process Control and Information Systems
Integrated software drives improvement in asset management, productivity
Maintenance & Reliability / Process Control / Project Management / Economics / Europe / Information Systems / Management / Middle East
The evolution is all about connecting people, information and devices to give a holistic view of plant operations used to better manage reliability strategy and operational risk.
Treat security like safety
Process Control / Economics / Engineering & Design / Europe / Information Systems / Management / Middle East
Safety and security work hand in hand in the manufacturing automation arena. As cyber attacks get more sophisticated and costly, there is a growing need to elevate security awareness to the same level as safety.
Consider rapid new controller developments via adaptive process control
A new set of innovative technologies are having a significant impact on advanced process control (APC) methodology, applications development and sustainability.
Access before acceptance: Chip redundancy for SIS
Maintenance & Reliability / Process Control / Engineering & Design / Europe / Information Systems / Management / Middle East
Desired automated plant safety functions are implemented via electrical relays, non-programmable solid-state electronics and programmable electronics (PEs) like microprocessors and microcontrollers. I..
The future of HAZOP study software: Break through the clutter
It is no secret that as part of its “CPL 03-00-014–PSM Covered Chemical Facilities National Emphasis Program,” the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is conducting ..
Increase polypropylene production via ultra-low levels of carbon monoxide—Case study
Petrochemicals / Process Optimization / Project Management / Acid Gas Removal / Americas / Asia/Pacific / Catalysts / Construction / Economics / Engineering & Design / Environment / Europe / Management / Middle East / Polymers
This case study investigates using ultra-low levels of carbon monoxide (CO) in propylene to increase polypropylene (PP) production. CO is a severe poison to catalyst systems for both Ziegler-Natta (Z-..
Maintenance and Reliability
Raise profitability through continuous performance evaluations
Maintenance & Reliability / Process Optimization / Americas / Asia/Pacific / Compressors / Construction / Drivers / Economics / Engineering & Design / Equipment / Europe / Middle East / Motors / Pumps / Rotating Equipment / Turbines
Reliability engineers use a wide variety of tools to support plant equipment and to optimize unit uptime and availability. Sound reliability programs assist organizations to be more competitive in the..
HP Automation Strategies: Industrial security in automation networks
At a workshop at ARC Advisory Group’s 2014 European Industry Forum, participants discussed the current cyber security situation in automation networks and developed guidelines on how to harden in..
HP Boxscore Construction Analysis: Oman eyes refinery improvements, new petrochemical hub
Despite increasing oil and gas production, Oman lacks the capacity to meet surging demand, especially for petrochemical and refined products. To help satisfy demand, the country is investing over $12 B in refinery and petrochemical projects by 2019.
HP Engineering Case Histories: Case 81: Is consulting a possible second career for you?
Maintenance & Reliability / Process Optimization / Project Management / Americas / Asia/Pacific / Construction / Economics / Engineering & Design / Equipment / Europe / Management / Middle East
Often, engineers consider becoming consultants as a second career path. This was certainly true for this author, and it occurred early during his career. Equally important, his career turned out well,..
HP Global: Asia-Pacific’s refining industry entering a low-margin cycle
Petrochemicals / Process Optimization / Refining / Americas / Aromatics / Asia/Pacific / Crude oil / Desulfurization / Diesel / Economics / Environment / Europe / Gasoline / Middle East / Naphtha / Natural Gas / Polymers
The global refining industry is struggling with overcapacity even after the closure of 3.5 MMbpd of capacity since 2011. Accordingly, global refining margins are expected to weaken in the coming years..
HP Petrochemicals: PVC process gets technology and control updates
Environment & Safety / Petrochemicals / Process Optimization / Project Management / Acid Gas Removal / Americas / Aromatics / Asia/Pacific / Catalysts / Construction / Drying / Economics / Engineering & Design / Environment / Equipment / Europe / Loss Prevention / Management / Middle East / Polymers / Reactors / Safety / Utilities
KBR has formed an alliance to sell the exclusive license for JNC Corp.’s PVC process technology, which it inherited from CHISSO Corp.’s business, a pioneer in the Japanese chemical industry.
HP Project Management: Case history: Hurdles in dismantling a vintage ammonia plant
Maintenance & Reliability / Process Optimization / Project Management / Americas / Asia/Pacific / Construction / Corrosion / Economics / Engineering & Design / Environment / Equipment / Europe / Information Systems / Management / Middle East / Piping / Safety
Dismantling an ammonia plant is a daunting task under any circumstances. It is even more problematic when the facility is located in a remote place such as central Pakistan and managed by local contra..
HP Reliability: Consider technology-based specialized industrial services
Maintenance & Reliability / Process Optimization / Project Management / Americas / Asia/Pacific / Construction / Economics / Engineering & Design / Europe / Management / Middle East / Safety / Valves
Most downstream professions have heard of (or personally experienced) glitches in activities involving offshoring and outsourcing. Too often, some maintenance and purchasing agents travel the “go..
HP Viewpoint: Improve safety and performance: Abnormal Situation Management Consortium celebrates 20 years
Environment & Safety / Process Control / Europe / Information Systems / Loss Prevention / Management / Middle East / Safety
This October and November represent two milestones in the process industries. The first is unfortunate: Twenty-five years ago, on October 23, 1989, a major polyethylene plant on the Houston Ship Chann..
Trends and Resources
HP Industry Metrics: Industry Metrics
Gas Processing/LNG / Petrochemicals / Refining / Alcohols / Americas / Aromatics / Asia/Pacific / Biofuels / Catalysts / Crude oil / Desulfurization / Diesel / Economics / Europe / Gasoline / Information Systems / Middle East / Naphtha / Natural Gas / Octane / Polymers / Sulfur
According to the International Energy Agency’s August Oil Market Report, 2014 global oil demand has stalled. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) revised down its forecast for global economic gr..
HP Industry Perspectives: More waves for marine fuels
Environment & Safety / Process Optimization / Project Management / Refining / Acid Gas Removal / Americas / Asia/Pacific / Biofuels / Carbon Management / Cetane / Construction / Crude oil / Desulfurization / Diesel / Economics / Engineering & Design / Environment / Europe / Greenhouse Gases / Hydrocracking / Hydrogen / Hydrotreating / Loss Prevention / Management / Middle East / Reactors / Safety
The outlook for heavy fuel oil is not optimistic. New fuel specifications for marine bunker fuels under the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) Annex VI regula..
Environment & Safety / Petrochemicals / Refining / Analyzers / Diesel / Engineering & Design / Environment / Information Systems / Safety / Utilities
Ion Science tightens focus on petchemsIn a strategic move designed to boost market share and competitive edge, Ion Science, a global manufacturer of gas, leak and corrosion monitoring instrumentation,..
Process Optimization / Americas / Biofuels / Construction / Distillation / Economics / Engineering & Design / Environment / Equipment / Ethers / Europe / Management / Middle East / Polymers
More cuts in 2015 inevitable on wave of capacityESAI Energy is declaring that a wave of new distillation capacity will underscore the inevitability of more refinery closures in Europe and other market..
Process Optimization / Refining / Americas / Asia/Pacific / Biofuels / Crude oil / Diesel / Engineering & Design / Europe / Gasoline / Management / Middle East / Octane
IHS has named two industry veterans to join its chemicals leadership team. Stein Raae, an international business executive and advisor with more than 30 years of experience at ExxonMobil, Statoil and ..
Redesigned website showcases AODD pumps   Wilden, part of Dover Corp.’s Pump Solutions Group (PSG), has launched a completely redesigned website with a new user-friendly, intuitive inte..
Leak-detection flashlight makes industrial fluid leaks glow brightly The OPTIMAX 400 violet light LED leak-detection flashlight emits less visible light so industrial fluid leaks are easier to sp..
Challenges for process data and control systems
Environment & Safety / Process Control / Process Optimization / Americas / Analyzers / Asia/Pacific / Construction / Engineering & Design / Equipment / Europe / Information Systems / Loss Prevention / Management / Middle East / Safety
Process data converted into information becomes knowledge for HPI companies. With such knowledge or insight, HPI companies can effectively protect their assets and strengthen their position with the m..
What to do about ICS cyber security threats?
Stuxnet, Shamoon, Heartbleed, Energetic Bear, and other cyber-security attacks keep coming with no end in sight. No one wants their industrial control system (ICS) to be the next target. So, what are ..
Consider integrated ethanol-to-EO/EG processes
Environment & Safety / Petrochemicals / Process Optimization / Alcohols / Americas / Asia/Pacific / Biofuels / Economics / Engineering & Design / Environment / Europe / Loss Prevention / Middle East / Polymers
Ethanol-based production of ethylene, ethylene oxide (EO) and ethylene glycol (EG) dates back to the 1960s. The process is commercially proven and has been extensively applied industrially. Recent tre..
Cyber security: Whose responsibility is it?
The realm of cyber security has expanded beyond islands of distributed control systems, firewalls and anti-virus filters. In the last five years, we have seen numerous attacks on oil, gas and petroche..
Two approaches to sulfur management
Environment & Safety / Maintenance & Reliability / Acid Gas Removal / Analyzers / Aromatics / Catalysts / Desulfurization / Distillation / Environment / Ethers / Furnaces / Greenhouse Gases / Heat Transfer / Management / Treating
Sulfur is naturally present as an impurity in fossil fuels. When the fuels are burned, the sulfur is released as sulfur dioxide—an air pollutant that contributes to respiratory problems for human..
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