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    • 6 Feb 2020

    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

    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

    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...
    • 23 Jan 2020

    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...
    • 7 Jan 2020

    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...
    • 30 Oct 2019

    Optimizing Energy Consumption and Overall Reliability

    Sam Thiara I heard a great story from Emerson’s Sam Thiara of a polymer producer in the Middle East region that was looking to improve energy efficiency across the facility’s steam system. They wanted to reduce energy costs and their carbon footprint, while also improving the stability and reliability of the process. The plant staff worked with Emerson industrial energy consultants to benchmark existing operations...
    • 16 Sep 2019

    Successfully Implementing State-Based Procedure Automation

    Continuous processes still must go through startups, planned and unplanned shutdowns, upset recovery and other events. These operations have traditionally been performed manually. Eddie Lane At the October 14-16, 2019 AFPM Operations & Process Technology Summit in San Antonio, Texas, Emerson’s Courtney E. (Eddie) Lane will present with a Global Process Automation Technology Leader for a major chemical manufacturer...
    • 16 Sep 2019

    Successfully Implementing State-Based Procedure Automation

    Continuous processes still must go through startups, planned and unplanned shutdowns, upset recovery and other events. These operations have traditionally been performed manually. Eddie Lane At the October 14-16, 2019 AFPM Operations & Process Technology Summit in San Antonio, Texas, Emerson’s Courtney E. (Eddie) Lane will present with a Global Process Automation Technology Leader for a major chemical manufacturer...
    • 24 Aug 2018

    Improving Chemical Industry Manufacturing Performance

    One look at the economic news and you see that trading relationships among countries are changing from longstanding norms. For manufacturers, this uncertainty requires flexibility to adapt to changing market conditions. In a Process Engineering article, Connectivity can safeguard the chemicals sector , Emerson’s Patrick Deruytter shares ways that chemical producers and other manufacturers can better adapt. For...
    • 24 Aug 2018

    Improving Chemical Industry Manufacturing Performance

    One look at the economic news and you see that trading relationships among countries are changing from longstanding norms. For manufacturers, this uncertainty requires flexibility to adapt to changing market conditions. In a Process Engineering article, Connectivity can safeguard the chemicals sector , Emerson’s Patrick Deruytter shares ways that chemical producers and other manufacturers can better adapt. For...
    • 10 Aug 2018

    A Novel Thermodynamic-Based Metric: The Magic Bullet for Resource-Efficiency?

    Author: Ana Gonzalez Hernandez In my previous post , I introduced the concept of resource efficiency: the integrated efficiency with which energy and materials are transformed in industrial processes. I mentioned that improvements in resource efficiency are considered indispensable to achieving globally agreed CO 2 emission and energy reduction targets. This is because trends in production volumes are predicted to...
    • 10 Aug 2018

    A Novel Thermodynamic-Based Metric: The Magic Bullet for Resource-Efficiency?

    Author: Ana Gonzalez Hernandez In my previous post , I introduced the concept of resource efficiency: the integrated efficiency with which energy and materials are transformed in industrial processes. I mentioned that improvements in resource efficiency are considered indispensable to achieving globally agreed CO 2 emission and energy reduction targets. This is because trends in production volumes are predicted to...
    • 10 Aug 2018

    A Novel Thermodynamic-Based Metric: The Magic Bullet for Resource-Efficiency?

    Author: Ana Gonzalez Hernandez In my previous post , I introduced the concept of resource efficiency: the integrated efficiency with which energy and materials are transformed in industrial processes. I mentioned that improvements in resource efficiency are considered indispensable to achieving globally agreed CO 2 emission and energy reduction targets. This is because trends in production volumes are predicted to...
    • 7 Mar 2018

    Petrochemicals-a Growth Area for Hydrocarbons

    As alternative energy sources and energy storage technologies continue to advance, will the decrease in transportation fuel demand be mitigated by the growth in petrochemical demand? At CERAWeek 2018, Emerson’s Jamie Froedge joined a panel, Petrochemicals: Future pillar of growth for hydrocarbons?, to explore the role downstream hydrocarbons will play in overall demand. The panelists included leaders from Dow Chemical...
    • 7 Mar 2018

    Petrochemicals-a Growth Area for Hydrocarbons

    As alternative energy sources and energy storage technologies continue to advance, will the decrease in transportation fuel demand be mitigated by the growth in petrochemical demand? At CERAWeek 2018, Emerson’s Jamie Froedge joined a panel, Petrochemicals: Future pillar of growth for hydrocarbons?, to explore the role downstream hydrocarbons will play in overall demand. The panelists included leaders from Dow Chemical...
    • 6 Mar 2018

    Petrochemicals-a Growth Area for Hydrocarbons

    As alternative energy sources and energy storage technologies continue to advance, will the decrease in transportation fuel demand be mitigated by the growth in petrochemical demand? At CERAWeek 2018, Emerson’s Jamie Froedge joined a panel, Petrochemicals: Future pillar of growth for hydrocarbons?, to explore the role downstream hydrocarbons will play in overall demand. The panelists included leaders from Dow Chemical...
    • 12 Dec 2017

    Reliable Control Valve Performance in Ethylene Production

    Olefins, also known as alkenes, are unsaturated hydrocarbons, use to make many petrochemical products such as plastics. Olefin production, including ethylene, propylene and butadiene products, requires tight control for higher throughput, more energy efficient, and more reliable operations. Blake Coleman In an article from The Chemical Engineer, Increasing Ethylene Conversion and Plant Reliability , Emerson’s Blake...
    • 12 Dec 2017

    Reliable Control Valve Performance in Ethylene Production

    Olefins, also known as alkenes, are unsaturated hydrocarbons, use to make many petrochemical products such as plastics. Olefin production, including ethylene, propylene and butadiene products, requires tight control for higher throughput, more energy efficient, and more reliable operations. In an article from The Chemical Engineer, Increasing Ethylene Conversion and Plant Reliability , Emerson’s Blake Coleman describes...
    • 12 Dec 2017

    Reliable Control Valve Performance in Ethylene Production

    Olefins, also known as alkenes, are unsaturated hydrocarbons, use to make many petrochemical products such as plastics. Olefin production, including ethylene, propylene and butadiene products, requires tight control for higher throughput, more energy efficient, and more reliable operations. In an article from The Chemical Engineer, Increasing Ethylene Conversion and Plant Reliability , Emerson’s Blake Coleman describes...
    • 12 Dec 2017

    Reliable Control Valve Performance in Ethylene Production

    Olefins, also known as alkenes, are unsaturated hydrocarbons, use to make many petrochemical products such as plastics. Olefin production, including ethylene, propylene and butadiene products, requires tight control for higher throughput, more energy efficient, and more reliable operations. In an article from The Chemical Engineer, Increasing Ethylene Conversion and Plant Reliability , Emerson’s Blake Coleman describes...
    • 10 Nov 2017

    Reliable Switching Valves for Ethylene Production Molecular Sieve Applications

    For a valve, zero leakage is defined as no visible leakage when tested at high pressure with water and low pressure with air according to existing international standards. Some of these seat leakage standards for control and isolation valves include ANSI/FCI 70-2/IEC 60534-4, API 598, MSS SP-61 and ISO 5208. ANSI/FCI 70-2 and IEC 60534-4. Emerson’s Vanessa triple offset valves (TOVs) were the first to provide bidirectional...
    • 10 Nov 2017

    Reliable Switching Valves for Ethylene Production Molecular Sieve Applications

    For a valve, zero leakage is defined as no visible leakage when tested at high pressure with water and low pressure with air according to existing international standards. Some of these seat leakage standards for control and isolation valves include ANSI/FCI 70-2/IEC 60534-4, API 598, MSS SP-61 and ISO 5208. ANSI/FCI 70-2 and IEC 60534-4. Emerson’s Vanessa triple offset valves (TOVs) were the first to provide bidirectional...
    • 10 Nov 2017

    Reliable Switching Valves for Ethylene Production Molecular Sieve Applications

    For a valve, zero leakage is defined as no visible leakage when tested at high pressure with water and low pressure with air according to existing international standards. Some of these seat leakage standards for control and isolation valves include ANSI/FCI 70-2/IEC 60534-4, API 598, MSS SP-61 and ISO 5208. ANSI/FCI 70-2 and IEC 60534-4. Emerson’s Vanessa triple offset valves (TOVs) were the first to provide bidirectional...
    • 17 Oct 2017

    Laser Gas Analyzers for Optimizing Ethylene Production

    The ethylene molecule consists of a double bond between carbon atoms and four hydrogen atoms bonded, two to each carbon atom. Per the Wikipedia Ethylene entry , it: …is widely used in the chemical industry, and its worldwide production (over 150 million tonnes in 2016 [5] ) exceeds that of any other organic compound . [6] [7] Much of this production goes toward polyethylene , a widely used plastic containing polymer...
    • 17 Oct 2017

    Laser Gas Analyzers for Optimizing Ethylene Production

    The ethylene molecule consists of a double bond between carbon atoms and four hydrogen atoms bonded, two to each carbon atom. Per the Wikipedia Ethylene entry , it: …is widely used in the chemical industry, and its worldwide production (over 150 million tonnes in 2016 [5] ) exceeds that of any other organic compound . [6] [7] Much of this production goes toward polyethylene , a widely used plastic containing polymer...