Across many process manufacturing and producing industries, falling prices are driving the need for increased efficiency and reliability, as well as reduced costs. While optimizing process control can yield gains, so can applying technology to the condition of the...
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Measurements to Improve Process Operations
Process measurement devices are installed where required to monitor, control, and safely shutdown the process. But often, additional measurements combined with the existing ones can help to improve several areas of process operations performance. I saw a chart from...
Avoid Pumps Causing Unplanned Shutdowns
Update and bump: A recorded version of this webinar is now available. Visit here for a listing of other recorded & archived webinars. Original post: An unplanned shutdown can ruin your whole day, or two, or three… Not only do these unplanned shutdowns have impact on...
Start with the Pipe Racks and Branches for Your Wireless Communications Infrastructure
In refineries and petrochemical plants, pipe racks are the "backbones" of the process units. It is also the place Emerson's Gary Hawkins, a senior refining consultant, recommends should be completely covered with an IEC 62591 wireless device communications...
Business Case for Essential Asset Monitoring
"According to Solomon Associates, a world-class performer is a company whose maintenance costs are below 1.4 percent plant replacement value, with mechanical availability greater than 96.7 percent." Are your maintenance costs below this 1.4% threshold and 96.7%...
Diagnostic Opportunities in FCC Units
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...
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