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    • 25 Jun 2020

    Technology Modernization for Refinery Digital Transformation

    Control systems’ lives are measured in decades instead of the short life spans we experience with our consumer electronics and other consumer technologies. Yet even with this long lifespan, control systems need to be modernized to take full advantage of advancing technologies that help to improve safety, efficiency and reliability. In a Refiner’s Guide to Digital Transformation and Top Quartile Performance article...
    • 10 Jun 2020

    Improving Refining Operations with Rich Data and Analytics

    “While online data from sensors has been available for decades, the low cost and quick installation time of wireless sensors compared to their wired counterparts is driving a new digital transformation in refineries around the world. The data from wireless sensors not only provide real-time measurements and valuable insights into asset health, it can spur new ways to integrate work processes and improve the timeliness...
    • 4 Jun 2020

    Coriolis Flow Meters for High Accuracy Refining Applications

    Measuring flow rates with differential pressure (DP) instruments has been a time-tested practice for decades. While still the most widely used flow measurement technology, other technologies have unique advantages for some applications. In a Processing article, Controlling critical refining applications with Coriolis meters , Emerson’s Julie Valentine and Meha Jha share specific applications where Coriolis flow measurement...
    • 4 Jun 2020

    Coriolis Flow Meters for High Accuracy Refining Applications

    Measuring flow rates with differential pressure (DP) instruments has been a time-tested practice for decades. While still the most widely used flow measurement technology, other technologies have unique advantages for some applications. In a Processing article, Controlling critical refining applications with Coriolis meters , Emerson’s Julie Valentine and Meha Jha share specific applications where Coriolis flow measurement...
    • 29 May 2020

    Driving Refinery Safety Performance Improvement

    Refining crude oil into gasoline, jet fuel and other petrochemical products requires constant vigilance in safety. And although the refining industry has always been focused on safety—and overall rate incidence reports have been decreasing—there are still opportunities for improvement. According to the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM), the top three leading causes of Tier 1 and Tier 2 incidents...
    • 15 May 2020

    Digital Transformation Actionable Roadmap

    Because the refining industry is constantly changing, with new regulations and opportunities with discounted crude oils, changing distribution patterns, and new competitors on the scene—refiners are challenged to adapt to a complex and dynamic environment. Not only must they optimize process operations, train and upskill staff, and be flexible enough to capture favorable market conditions, they need to maintain compliance...
    • 21 Feb 2020

    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...
    • 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...
    • 4 Dec 2019

    Optimizing Opportunity Crude Usage while Minimizing Operational Risks

    Meha Jha Julie Valentine For refiners, opportunity crude is crude oil available on the spot market that are typically much lower cost than crude oil received under long-term contracts. In a Hydrocarbon Engineering article, Finding the Sweet Spot , Emerson’s Meha Jha and Julie Valentine collaborated with Topnir Systems ‘ Didier Lambert , to highlight the processing challenges for opportunity crudes and solutions...
    • 4 Dec 2019

    Optimizing Opportunity Crude Usage while Minimizing Operational Risks

    Meha Jha Julie Valentine For refiners, opportunity crude is crude oil available on the spot market that are typically much lower cost than crude oil received under long-term contracts. In a Hydrocarbon Engineering article, Finding the Sweet Spot , Emerson’s Meha Jha and Julie Valentine collaborated with Topnir Systems ‘ Didier Lambert , to highlight the processing challenges for opportunity crudes and solutions...
    • 3 Dec 2019

    Assuring Single-Phase Vapor Sample for Gas Chromatograph

    Laura Schafer Gas chromatographs analyze the composition of hydrocarbon mixtures in process and natural gas applications. For online natural gas chromatography , the samples must be reliably conditioned to produce a single-phase vapor. In this 5:42 YouTube video, How to Select a Vaporizing Regulator for Your Sampling , Emerson’s Laura Schafer explains how the TESCOM 44-6800 Vaporizing Regulator helps refiners and...
    • 3 Dec 2019

    Assuring Single-Phase Vapor Sample for Gas Chromatograph

    Laura Schafer Gas chromatographs analyze the composition of hydrocarbon mixtures in process and natural gas applications. For online natural gas chromatography , the samples must be reliably conditioned to produce a single-phase vapor. In this 5:42 YouTube video, How to Select a Vaporizing Regulator for Your Sampling , Emerson’s Laura Schafer explains how the TESCOM 44-6800 Vaporizing Regulator helps refiners and...
    • 3 Dec 2019

    Assuring Single-Phase Vapor Sample for Gas Chromatograph

    Laura Schafer Gas chromatographs analyze the composition of hydrocarbon mixtures in process and natural gas applications. For online natural gas chromatography , the samples must be reliably conditioned to produce a single-phase vapor. In this 5:42 YouTube video, How to Select a Vaporizing Regulator for Your Sampling , Emerson’s Laura Schafer explains how the TESCOM 44-6800 Vaporizing Regulator helps refiners and...
    • 14 Nov 2019

    Refinery Digital Transformation Case Study

    Ergon’s Steve Elwart (l) and Emerson’s Marcelo Carugo (r) discussing Ergon’s digital transformation journey Advancing technology has enabled productivity gains in both capital projects and ongoing operations for manufacturers and producers. Ergon Refining ‘s Steve Elwart and Emerson’s Marcelo Carugo collaborated on a case study presentation on digital transformation at the Ergon Vicksburg, Mississippi refinery for...
    • 14 Nov 2019

    Refinery Digital Transformation Case Study

    Ergon’s Steve Elwart (l) and Emerson’s Marcelo Carugo (r) discussing Ergon’s digital transformation journey Advancing technology has enabled productivity gains in both capital projects and ongoing operations for manufacturers and producers. Ergon Refining ‘s Steve Elwart and Emerson’s Marcelo Carugo collaborated on a case study presentation on digital transformation at the Ergon Vicksburg, Mississippi refinery for...
    • 16 Oct 2019

    AFPM Summit Crude/Vacuum Distillation and Coking Q&A

    One of the key parts of the AFPM Operations & Process Technology Summit is the Q&A Panel sessions. I attended the Crude/Vacuum Distillation & Coking Q&A session with a panel of experienced refiner professionals. The first question was about meeting H2S specification in the vapor space in the shipping or receiving points in shipping intermediate streams from refinery to refinery. The one panelist noted that they were...
    • 16 Oct 2019

    AFPM Summit Crude/Vacuum Distillation and Coking Q&A

    One of the key parts of the AFPM Operations & Process Technology Summit is the Q&A Panel sessions. I attended the Crude/Vacuum Distillation & Coking Q&A session with a panel of experienced refiner professionals. The first question was about meeting H2S specification in the vapor space in the shipping or receiving points in shipping intermediate streams from refinery to refinery. The one panelist noted that they were...
    • 15 Oct 2019

    State-based Control Case Study at AFPM Summit

    Dustin Beebe At the 2019 AFPM Operations & Technology Summit , Emerson’s Dustin Beebe teamed with a professional with a global chemical producer. Their presentation was case study was on applying state-based control on one of their production processes. Procedural automation addresses the various states in which a continuous process resides. Some examples include startup, upset recovery, planned shutdown, and emergency...
    • 15 Oct 2019

    State-based Control Case Study at AFPM Summit

    Dustin Beebe At the 2019 AFPM Operations & Technology Summit , Emerson’s Dustin Beebe teamed with a professional with a global chemical producer. Their presentation was case study was on applying state-based control on one of their production processes. Procedural automation addresses the various states in which a continuous process resides. Some examples include startup, upset recovery, planned shutdown, and emergency...
    • 14 Oct 2019

    AFPM Summit Cybersecurity and IIoT

    Marcelo Donnangelo At the AFPM Operations & Process Technology Summit , Emerson’s Eric Braun and Marcio Donnangelo presented on cybersecurity considerations in implementing Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) -based architectures. Marcio opened noting that the opportunity to improve operational performance globally for manufacturers and producers is valued at $1 Trillion USD per year. Easy to install and use Industrial...
    • 14 Oct 2019

    AFPM Summit Cybersecurity and IIoT

    Marcelo Donnangelo At the AFPM Operations & Process Technology Summit , Emerson’s Eric Braun and Marcio Donnangelo presented on cybersecurity considerations in implementing Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) -based architectures. Marcio opened noting that the opportunity to improve operational performance globally for manufacturers and producers is valued at $1 Trillion USD per year. Easy to install and use Industrial...
    • 14 Oct 2019

    AFPM Summit Cybersecurity and IIoT

    Marcelo Donnangelo At the AFPM Operations & Process Technology Summit , Emerson’s Eric Braun and Marcio Donnangelo presented on cybersecurity considerations in implementing Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) -based architectures. Marcio opened noting that the opportunity to improve operational performance globally for manufacturers and producers is valued at $1 Trillion USD per year. Easy to install and use Industrial...
    • 3 Oct 2019

    IIoT Cybersecurity Considerations at AFPM Operations and Process Technology Summit

    Eric Braun Marcio Donnangelo At the upcoming October 14-16, 2019 AFPM Operations & Process Technology Summit , Emerson’s Eric Braun and Marcio Donnangelo will present on the subject of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) cybersecurity considerations. I’ll preview a few things from their presentation and invite you to join their session on Monday, October 14, at 11am if you plan to be in San Antonio, Texas. Eric...
    • 3 Oct 2019

    IIoT Cybersecurity Considerations at AFPM Operations and Process Technology Summit

    Eric Braun Marcio Donnangelo At the upcoming October 14-16, 2019 AFPM Operations & Process Technology Summit , Emerson’s Eric Braun and Marcio Donnangelo will present on the subject of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) cybersecurity considerations. I’ll preview a few things from their presentation and invite you to join their session on Monday, October 14, at 11am if you plan to be in San Antonio, Texas. Eric...