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Ethylene Furnace Automation, Control & Optimization

Posted in Chemical, Process Optimization on Thursday, January 23rd, 2020. 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 […]

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 […]

Cloud-based Air Separation Plant Monitoring

Posted in Process Optimization, Refining on Monday, October 14th, 2019. No comments yet
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At the AFPM Operations & Process Technology Summit, Emerson’s Pete Sharpe teamed with an air separation plant company leader on a presentation, Bringing Smart Manufacturing to the Masses. Here’s their abstract: The Smart Manufacturing Institute has won a $70M grant from the Department of Energy to build a prototype of the Smart Manufacturing (SM) Platform […]

Driving Manufacturing Performance Gains with Cloud-based Optimization

Posted in Control Strategies, Process Optimization on Monday, December 10th, 2018. No comments yet
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The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) is: …an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 “to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense…” In 2006, the NSF funded a research project to create a step change in the performance of US manufacturing. The […]

Answering the Challenges Refiners and Petrochemical Producers Face

Posted in Event, Refining on Thursday, September 22nd, 2016. No comments yet
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The autumn season is officially here in the Northern hemisphere and this season is filled with events and conferences. I’m always amazed when I hear about some of my friends in the industry and automation trade press and their daunting travel schedules through the rest of the year. One conference that Emerson’s Tim Olsen shared […]