Information Systems

Use straightforward troubleshooting and failure analysis to benefit the HPI

Paradies, M., System Improvements, Inc.; Bloch, H. P., Process Machinery Consulting

To operate reliably and profitably, oil refineries, petrochemical plants and gas processing facilities must avoid equipment failures.

Blockchain and the downstream segment: Increasing efficiency through technology

Laturkar, K., Facility for Rare Isotope Beams; Laturkar, K., Validation Associates LLC

Oil and gas companies are finding creative ways to look for solutions to new problems in the face of climate change and growing environmental awareness.

HP Flashback: Excerpts from the 1950s: Capacity expands after WW2 and technologies and maintenance mature

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The following is a mixture of technical articles, columns and headlines published in the 1950s by Petroleum Refiner, the forerunner to Hydrocarbon Processing.

Accelerating and expanding process control benefits

Cox, J., Seeq

Advanced industrial data analytics has a prominent role to play in process control and automation.

Raising the alarm: Understanding the operator’s perspective on refinery process alarms

As refineries and petrochemical complexes worldwide are moving toward more automated operations, plant operators are increasingly becoming dependent on process alarms for safe, smooth and continuous operation.

Business Trends: The big data tools and related professional competencies required in the chemical industry

Khan, A., Manzoor, M., Saudi Aramco

Big data is making tremendous changes in various sectors of the economy, and chemical industries can now leverage these new advancements.

Reliability: Use available database to assist in compressor design audits and selection

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Over the last 40 yr, centrifugal compressor manufacturers have compiled a vast array of impellers and associated stationary components, allowing for higher efficiency staging.

Digitally uncover profitable pathways to net-zero

Dubey, S., AVEVA

Many view COP26—the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland—as a missed opportunity.

Safe work permit auditing: Is your system providing the expected results?

Blundell, B., Contributing Editor

When the challenging position of manager is assumed in a refinery, one of the first orders of business is to “survive” an upcoming process safety management (PSM) compliance audit.

Web-based software for predicting crude compatibility and optimization for increasing heavy oil processing

Kumar, R., Rakshit, P. K., John, M., Voolapalli, R. K., Bharat Petroleum Corp. Ltd.

Refineries in oil-importing nations typically process a blend of crude oils, rather than a single crude oil, to ensure that an optimum product mix can be obtained at the minimum costs.