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    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 17 Jun 2019

    Improving Refining Agility, Reliability and Collaboration

    Marcelo Carugo Production agility is an increasing objective among refiners and petrochemical producers. Changing characteristics of feedstocks and demand for produced products is forcing these companies to look for solutions to increase operational flexibility. In a Petroleum Review article, Future-proofing refining (membership required for access), Emerson’s Marcelo Carugo shares his insights on how transformative...
    • 17 Jun 2019

    Improving Refining Agility, Reliability and Collaboration

    Marcelo Carugo Production agility is an increasing objective among refiners and petrochemical producers. Changing characteristics of feedstocks and demand for produced products is forcing these companies to look for solutions to increase operational flexibility. In a Petroleum Review article, Future-proofing refining (membership required for access), Emerson’s Marcelo Carugo shares his insights on how transformative...
    • 5 Mar 2019

    Digital Transformation in Health-Safety-Environmental Applications

    Health, Safety & Environmental (HSE) experts in the manufacturing and production industries gathered recently here in Austin for the 4C Health/Safety/Environmental Conference . Marcelo Carugo Julie Valentine Marcio Donnangelo At this year’s conference, Emerson’s Marcelo Carugo , Julie Valentine and Marcio Donnangelo presented in three of the sessions. Julie and Marcio teamed up to present, How Digital Transformation...
    • 5 Mar 2019

    Digital Transformation in Health-Safety-Environmental Applications

    Health, Safety & Environmental (HSE) experts in the manufacturing and production industries gathered recently here in Austin for the 4C Health/Safety/Environmental Conference . Marcelo Carugo Julie Valentine Marcio Donnangelo At this year’s conference, Emerson’s Marcelo Carugo , Julie Valentine and Marcio Donnangelo presented in three of the sessions. Julie and Marcio teamed up to present, How Digital Transformation...
    • 5 Mar 2019

    Digital Transformation in Health-Safety-Environmental Applications

    Health, Safety & Environmental (HSE) experts in the manufacturing and production industries gathered recently here in Austin for the 4C Health/Safety/Environmental Conference . Marcelo Carugo Julie Valentine Marcio Donnangelo At this year’s conference, Emerson’s Marcelo Carugo , Julie Valentine and Marcio Donnangelo presented in three of the sessions. Julie and Marcio teamed up to present, How Digital Transformation...
    • 9 Jan 2019

    Improving Opportunity Crude Blending Operations

    Opportunity crudes provide refiners with lower feedstock costs, but they must be carefully characterized and blended with other crudes to avoid problems during the refining process. These opportunity crudes are typically discounted from typical crudes because of the refining challenges they introduce. In the 4-minute YouTube video, How to Maximize Profit by Characterizing and Blending Opportunity Crudes , Emerson...
    • 9 Jan 2019

    Improving Opportunity Crude Blending Operations

    Opportunity crudes provide refiners with lower feedstock costs, but they must be carefully characterized and blended with other crudes to avoid problems during the refining process. These opportunity crudes are typically discounted from typical crudes because of the refining challenges they introduce. In the 4-minute YouTube video, How to Maximize Profit by Characterizing and Blending Opportunity Crudes , Emerson...
    • 11 Sep 2018

    Avoid Corrosion-Induced Asset Integrity Loss

    A U.S. Energy Information Administration’s post, When was the last refinery built in the United States? , reveals that more than half the “newest refineries” in their list were built in the 1970s or 1980s, or 30 to 40+ years ago. And, with 137 operating U.S. oil refineries , the rest are even older. A lot has changed over this time, but much of the piping and vessel infrastructure remains the same. In a Chemical Engineering...