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Ethylene Furnace Automation, Control & Optimization

Posted in Chemical, Process Optimization on Thursday, January 23rd, 2020 (4 hours ago). No comments yet
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Author: Pete Sharpe Cracking furnaces are one of the most crucial parts of an ethylene complex. They set the production and yield for the entire plant. For furnace-limited plants, when a furnace is down, whether for maintenance or decoking, production is lost. Poor control and sub-optimal furnace operations lead to lower yields, more frequent decoke […]

Predictive and Prescriptive Maintenance in Life Sciences

Posted in Life Sciences, Reliability on Friday, January 17th, 2020. No comments yet
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When you think of machinery for industrial use, often images of refineries, oil & gas production sites and other visual images come to mind. But what about the machinery and other equipment in industries with shiny stainless steel everywhere, such as pharmaceutical, biotech and food & beverage manufacturing? The pumps, fans, and other pieces of […]

Digital Transformation and Top Quartile Performance for Petrochemical Producers

Posted in Chemical on Tuesday, January 7th, 2020. No comments yet
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Authors: Pete Sharpe and Marcelo Carugo Digital Transformation is a buzz word that seems to be on everyone’s mind and lips these days. Most companies have one or more digitalization initiatives underway as demonstrated in this survey conducted at the 2019 Emerson Exchange during the Chemical Industry Forum session. Companies are already spending money on […]

Improved Quality with Mass Flow and Density Measurements

Posted in Flow, Food & Beverage on Monday, December 9th, 2019. No comments yet
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For food & beverage producers, managing the quality of each batch can be challenging when there are manual processes involved. For instance, if the raw materials are manually added, variations can cause batches to fall outside of the recipe’s specification. In a Processing magazine article, Monitoring recipe and batch quality in real-time with flowmeters, Emerson’s […]

Optimizing Opportunity Crude Usage while Minimizing Operational Risks

Posted in Refining on Wednesday, December 4th, 2019. No comments yet
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For refiners, opportunity crude is crude oil available on the spot market that are typically much lower cost than crude oil received under long-term contracts. In a Hydrocarbon Engineering article, Finding the Sweet Spot, Emerson’s Meha Jha and Julie Valentine collaborated with Topnir Systems‘ Didier Lambert, to highlight the processing challenges for opportunity crudes and […]