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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 […]

Improved, Efficient Crude Fractionation Unit Operation

Posted in Downstream Hydrocarbons, Services, Consulting & Training on Wednesday, May 5th, 2010. No comments yet
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I plucked this story from a growing and vibrant, “inside the Emerson firewall” community. This community connects Emerson global sales, project, and application folks together, primarily to ask about references–“has this has been integrated with that” sort of exchanges. The particular question was about examples of distillation control. Emerson’s Doug White responded with an example […]

Healthy Pumps, Healthy Hearts

Posted in Downstream Hydrocarbons on Thursday, April 29th, 2010. No comments yet
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OK, I confess to being an engineer in my core when I was explaining to my son the other day how the heart is a reciprocating pump. The systolic and diastolic pressures are the high and low-pressure peaks based on the heart’s expansion/contraction cycle. Blood pressure is one diagnostic indicator on the health of the […]