HP Engineering Case Histories: Case 76: Simple troubleshooting analysis tips are useful

Sofronas, A., Consulting Engineer

Analyzing failed parts or poor operation requires the proper skills and equipment. Sometimes these investigations are not always very difficult. Often, troubleshooting a failure just requires a logica..

Recommended guidelines can help prevent fires caused by static electricity

O’Brien, M., Newson Gale

For any person working in the oil and gas industry who is responsible for the safety of employees, colleagues, plant equipment and property, one of the most potentially confusing aspects in providing ..

HP Reliability: Maintain proficiency in root-cause-failure analysis

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Earlier in the year, the author attended a series of client and organizers’ presentations at the 2013 TapRooT Summit in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. TapRooT is a structured failure analysis and trouble..

HP Reliability: Why users must update design contractors’ understanding

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

In early 2012, a rotating equipment engineer was involved in a machinery quality assessment (MQA).1 Located halfway around the globe, this engineer’s new job was to oversee the engineering, procu..

HP Integration Strategies: Could remanufactured control components place HPI plants at risk?

Clayton, D., ARC Advisory Group

The hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI) must address a number of potentially catastrophic safety issues. One issue, in particular, is the growing use of remanufactured equipment and components from ..

HP Viewpoint: Increase the visibility and reliability of all major plant assets

Scheef, D., Dresser-Rand

Turbomachinery, essential to refining and petrochemical operations, has significant impact on plant production, maintenance and energy consumption. One of the most effective ways to improve turbomachi..

HP Engineering Case Histories: Case 75: Analyzing wear when troubleshooting

Sofronas, A., Consulting Engineer

Wear occurs frequently on machinery. In its simplest terms, it is the undesirable removal of material. When troubleshooting the root cause of wear in equipment, the engineer’s interest should be ..

HP Reliability: Leaders must allocate time for technology updates

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Just as a good medical doctor is expected to have wide knowledge on modern treatment options, we would expect reliability professionals to be equally informed on technology advances. There are numerou..

Siemens to supply new compressor trains for three LNG plants in China

The compressor trains in the three plants each consists of a six-stage vertically-split compressor and a Siemens constant speed electric motor. This type of drive and control, using inlet guide vane assemblies, provides more efficient and reliable operation than conventional compressor solutions.

Optimize your compressor maintenance program

Geitner, F. K., Consultant

One deviation alone might not be enough to bring on a compressor failure, but, when several more deviations combine, the failure risk is known to increase exponentially.