Industries Blogs
    • 10 Feb 2020

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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...
    • 17 Jan 2020

    Blog: Predictive and Prescriptive Maintenance in Life Sciences

    When you think of machinery for industrial use, often images of refineries, oil & gas production sites and other visual images come to mind. But what about the machinery and other equipment in industries with shiny stainless steel everywhere, such as pharmaceutical, biotech and food & beverage manufacturing? Dennis Belanger The pumps, fans, and other pieces of process equipment must operate reliably and be part of...
    • 7 Jan 2020

    Blog: Digital Transformation and Top Quartile Performance for Petrochemical Producers

    Pete Sharpe Marcelo Carugo 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 digitalization projects, but...