Solving Refinery Coating Challenges in Flow Meters

Collaborative problem solving occurs in all kinds of ways—face-to-face, over the phone, via email, and online in blogs, on-line communities, wikis, and social networks. I mention this because I saw some great guidance on flow meter coating challenges in refining...

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A Primer on Refinery Operations

If you're not in the oil refining business the names of the process units, such as cat crackers, can sound quite exotic. Emerson's Tim Olsen, a consultant on the refining industry team, wrote a great AIChE Chemical Engineering Progress article, An Oil Refinery...

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Custody Transfer Risk Assessment

It is one thing to transfer ownership between seller and buyer when the item sold comes in discrete units. It's another when it is a free-flowing fluid through pipes. In the process industries, this ownership transfer is known as custody transfer. Wikipedia defines...

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Adding Missing Measurements in Refineries

We're now about six weeks away from the September 30-Oct 4 Emerson Exchange conference in the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas area. In fact, today, August 15, 2013 is the deadline for Early Bird registration—so if you were considering joining us, you'll want to act today for...

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Terminal and Refinery Tank Gauging Systems

I wanted to share two videos from Emerson's Rosemount Tank Gauging team. Both feature Emerson's Ulf Johannesson. In the first, short 1:36 video, StocExpo 2013 - Tank Gauging Solutions, from the recent StocExpo 2013 conference, Ulf describes elements of the Raptor Tank...

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Steps to Effective PID Loop Tuning

Sometimes when you read an article about tuning proportional-integral-derivative (PID) loops, you're treated to all the 2nd order differential equations they contain. These can be intimidating, especially if your college calculus classes are many years in the rearview...

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On a Path to Four Zeros Operational Goals

The Industry Forums, scheduled for Monday, October 8, 1:00-2:30pm are always an informative part of the Emerson Exchange technical conference. You can find the industry forum lineup for next week's conference here. Emerson's Peter Cox is leading Industrial and...

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