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Refining and Blending Challenges with Shale Oil

Posted in Refining on Tuesday, November 5th, 2013. 2 comments so far
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At the recent American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) 2013 Q&A and Technology Forum, Emerson’s Tim Olsen had an article in the conference daily publication. You may recall Tim from earlier posts and as the past Chair for the AIChE Fuels and Petrochemicals Division. The article, New challenges with shale oil refining and crude blending, […]

How We Work-Human Centered Design for the Operating Plant

Posted in Asset Optimization, Usability on Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012. One comment so far
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Emerson’s Tom Wallace continues his series on the impact of human centered design on the technologies used by automation professionals. In previous blog posts, I shared some of the science behind Human Centered Design (HCD). In this and the next couple of blog posts, I’ll share ways that HCD is applied to devices in an […]

Early Detection of Distillation Column Flooding Conditions

Posted in Pressure on Wednesday, August 1st, 2012. 3 comments so far
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The distillation process is one of the most common means of separating two or more components from a fluid. Ever handy Wikipedia defines it: Distillation is a method of separating mixtures based on differences in volatilities of components in a boiling liquid mixture. Distillation is a unit operation, or a physical separation process, and not […]

Are Human-Technology Interactions Solving or Causing Problems? Part 1

Posted in Abnormal Situation Prevention, Usability on Tuesday, July 17th, 2012. One comment so far
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Process automation engineers’ decisions impact everything from project cost and schedule, to uptime, throughput, quality, and safety. Instruments and valves connect the physics and chemistry of your process, and the decisions made by your automation systems and personnel. Those decisions form the foundation of business and personal job success. Emerson’s Tom Wallace, whom you may […]

Improving Plant Operation through Better Alarm Management

Posted in Abnormal Situation Prevention, Operator Performance, Refining on Thursday, February 9th, 2012. No comments yet
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At the ARC Industry Forum this week in Orlando, Ergon‘s Steve Elwart shared how they have taken a systematic approach in managing alarms at the refinery to reduce unplanned downtime, avoid equipment failure, and improve operator performance. He opened with an incident surrounding a fired heater unit. Due to a flood of alarms, high tube […]