Maintenance & Reliability

History of the HPI: The 1950s: Capacity expansion, HDPE/PP, polycarbonate, computers and rocket science

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The 1950s marked an evolution in the use of oil by nations around the world.

Accelerating and expanding process control benefits

Cox, J., Seeq

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

Investigation and diagnosis of startup foaming issues at a new tail gas treater

In May 2021, Phillips 66 started up a new methyl diethanolamine (MDEA)-based tail gas unit at its Belle Chasse, Louisiana, refinery.

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.

A new era of turbomachinery reverse engineering

Alzahrani, A, Saudi Aramco

Engineering is all about solving problems with efficient solutions by designing and building various technologies and techniques.

Business Trends: The economics of reliability: Global chemicals

Krimmel, J., Pinnacle

Chemical manufacturers worldwide are navigating an inflection point. Following the pandemic-fueled demand crash of 2020, a strong but stilted recovery unfolded in 2021.

Reliability: Valuable trends combine innovation and time management

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

These days, regrettably, it is not unusual to encounter shallow thinkers.

Editorial Comment: Advancing maintenance ultimately leads to increased reliability

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

This year, Hydrocarbon Processing is celebrating its 100th anniversary. Throughout this year, the editors are publishing excerpts from past issues.

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.