Archive for the ‘Safety Monitoring’ Category

Flame Detection and Minimizing False Alarms

Posted in Safety, Safety Monitoring on Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013. One comment so far
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Process manufacturers with hazardous areas in their process are responsible for the safety of the process through the IEC 61511 safety lifecycle—from initial design through decommissioning. Flame monitoring is often an important component in risk mitigation. Emerson’s Jonathan Saint wrote a Petroleum Review article, Minimising false alarms, to address this major challenge with flame detection […]

Avoiding Flameout and Shutdown in Burner Management Applications

Posted in Industrial Energy & Onsite Utilities, Measurement Instrumentation, Safety, Safety Monitoring on Thursday, April 14th, 2011. No comments yet
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Furnaces, fired heaters, boilers and other process units requiring burners to manage are common across many process industries such as refining, chemicals, petrochemicals, and power. Recognizing and reacting to flame instability is critical since a flameout condition is dangerous and often results in a costly shutdown initiated by the burner management system. Emerson’s John Miller, […]

Diagnostic Opportunities in FCC Units

Posted in Downstream Hydrocarbons, Safety Monitoring on Thursday, June 24th, 2010. No comments yet
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A reader who came upon one of the posts in the abnormal situation prevention category asked about ways early fault detection could reduce unplanned downtime in a refinery fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) unit. I turned to Emerson’s Gary Hawkins, a consultant on the global refining team. You may recall Gary from an earlier post on […]

Similarities and Differences in Fired Heater Safety Standards

Posted in Safety, Safety Monitoring on Friday, February 5th, 2010. No comments yet
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We discussed the energy efficiency and other opportunities with fired heaters in past posts. I caught wind of a presentation that Emerson’s safety specialist, Chuck Miller will be giving at the upcoming March 21-25 AIChE Spring National Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety in San Antonio, Texas. You may recall Chuck from numerous process […]

Start with API RP 556 for Flame Detection Guidance

Posted in Safety, Safety Monitoring on Monday, September 21st, 2009. No comments yet
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Some questions on flame detector reliability came my way the other day from a blog reader in the refining industry. I ran the questions by Emerson’s Gary Hawkins, a refining industry consultant. Gary’s first response was to point to the authoritative source for fired heater protection in the refining and petrochemical industries, API Recommended Practice […]