Maintenance & Reliability

History of the HPI: The 1930s: Catalytic cracking, polyethylene, synthetic fibers, resins and jet engines

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI) has a rich history of discovery, challenges, breakthroughs, trial and error, collaboration and success. Hydrocarbon Processing continues its reflection on the history of the HPI.

Engineering Case Histories: Case 115: A method for analyzing catastrophic type failures

Sofronas, A., Consulting Engineer

A portion of my consulting career involved investigating catastrophic type failures on machines, pressure vessels and structures in the industry.

Reliability: Resourcefulness solves problems

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

In the now almost 32 yr since this monthly column was first published, we have had more than a few occasions to highlight the pitfalls of trial-and-error solutions in plants that process toxic, flammable or explosive materials.

Business Trends: Protecting OT environments against targeted cyber attacks

Ajayi, V., Ernst & Young; Carroll, M., Georgia Pacific; Chevis, M., Guffman Ventures; Gil-Ortega, A. V., Fortinet; Habibi, E., PAS Global; Klotz, T., Covanta; Laas, J., Wilcox, S., PNM Resources

Digitalization and Industry 4.0 initiatives require tight integration between complex, heterogeneous and highly complex industrial control systems (ICS) and enterprise information technology (IT).

Editorial Comment: Adoption of digital technologies is a mainstay in the HPI

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

A few years ago, Hydrocarbon Processing started to include digital technologies in its monthly article focus.

Valves, Pumps and Turbomachinery: Be cautious with systems that are not foolproof

Mishra, R., Indorama Eleme Petrochemicals and Fertilizers,

Mechanical systems, especially rotary equipment, are designed to support easy maintenance jobs with less complexity and low chances of incorrect installation.

Advancing processing technologies and refining operations: Excerpts from the 1920s

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The following is a mixture of technical articles, columns and headlines published in the 1920s by The Refiner and Natural Gasoline Manufacturer, the forerunner to Hydrocarbon Processing.

Construction

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Eni plans to launch its 3.4-MMtpy FLNG vessel offshore Mozambique this year. The Coral Sul FLNG vessel is being built by Samsung Heavy Industries.

Sustainability through efficiency: A plan for the refining industry

Carugo, M., Emerson Automation Solutions

The U.S. Energy Information Administration projects that carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions will decrease through 2050 in Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development countries (OECD), which includes the U.S.1

Editorial Comment: Past, present and future: Hydrocarbon Processing celebrates 100 yr of publishing

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

It is my esteemed honor to announce that Hydrocarbon Processing is entering its centennial year of publishing.