Industries Blogs
    • 4 Mar 2020

    Oil & Gas Blog: Process Diagnostics for Oil and Gas Separators

    Drew Baker Smart instrumentation has been around for decades. Most of us understand the value of the diagnostics they provide to make sure these devices are operating properly and providing accurate data to the control system. With advances in operational analytics, these smart instruments and the applications they feed can now help identify problems in the process early in order to maintain optimum performance levels...
    • 21 Feb 2020

    Refining Blog: Refinery Flare Regulatory Compliance

    At the 2020 4C Health, Safety & Environment conference, Emerson’s Jamie Marsden presented, New Refinery Flare Regulations 40 CFR Part 63. The rule, 40 CFR 63 Subparts CC and UUU, affects any refinery with a flare used as a control device for an emission point, and those refineries must have been in compliance by January 30, 2019. These regulations set flare operating limits, require a flare management plan (FMP), and...
    • 10 Feb 2020

    Food & Beverage Blog: Cheers to the Beer Pipeline Innovation

    The city center in the historic city of Bruges in Belgium is named as a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to help preserve its rich history. A Fluid Handling Pro article, World’s First Beer Pipeline Utilizes Unique Flow Solutions , describes how a Bruges city center-based brewery required this innovative pipeline and accurate flow measurements. The...
    • 6 Feb 2020

    Chemical Industry Blog: Compressor Anti-Surge Control Value Improvement Practice

    Pete Sharpe Author: Pete Sharpe An ethylene plant has a number of very large, very critical compressors which will cause the entire plant to shutdown if they ever trip. The cracked gas compressor increases the entire cold-side feed from around 3 psig to ~475 psig, typically through 5 stages. The two refrigeration compressors are the next biggest compressors that can also shut down the entire plant if they trip...
    • 28 Jan 2020

    Chemical Industry Blog: Driving Safer and More Secure Refining and Chemical Operations

    According to the United States Energy Information Administration , the Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coast refiners and petrochemical producers accounted for 50.5% of the U.S. total finished petroleum products as of October 2019. So with over half of America’s refining and petrochemical production, running these facilities as safely, efficiently and reliably as possible is critical. For refiners and chemical producers in...
    • 28 Jan 2020

    Refining Blog: Driving Safer and More Secure Refining and Chemical Operations

    According to the United States Energy Information Administration , the Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coast refiners and petrochemical producers accounted for 50.5% of the U.S. total finished petroleum products as of October 2019. So with over half of America’s refining and petrochemical production, running these facilities as safely, efficiently and reliably as possible is critical. For refiners and chemical producers in...
    • 28 Jan 2020

    Refining Blog: Driving Safer and More Secure Refining and Chemical Operations

    According to the United States Energy Information Administration , the Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coast refiners and petrochemical producers accounted for 50.5% of the U.S. total finished petroleum products as of October 2019. So with over half of America’s refining and petrochemical production, running these facilities as safely, efficiently and reliably as possible is critical. For refiners and chemical producers in...
    • 28 Jan 2020

    Chemical Industry Blog: Driving Safer and More Secure Refining and Chemical Operations

    According to the United States Energy Information Administration , the Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coast refiners and petrochemical producers accounted for 50.5% of the U.S. total finished petroleum products as of October 2019. So with over half of America’s refining and petrochemical production, running these facilities as safely, efficiently and reliably as possible is critical. For refiners and chemical producers in...
    • 27 Jan 2020

    Life Sciences Blog: Sharing Best Practices on Path to Pharma 4.0

    Pharma 4.0 is an initiative based on Industry 4.0, begun out of the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering Germany/Austria/Switzerland (ISPE D/A/CH) organization, which lead to the formation of : …the ISPE Pharma 4.0 special interest group (SIG) in 2017. Pharma 4.0 envisions highly efficient automated processes—which could be continuous, batch, or a hybrid of these—driven by an integrated manufacturing...
    • 23 Jan 2020

    Chemical Industry Blog: Ethylene Furnace Automation, Control & Optimization

    Pete Sharpe 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 cycles, increased energy costs, and higher health...