Quality Practices for Process Outages

This paper is an excerpt from the author’s contribution to a panel discussion at the Marcus Evans 9th Annual Chem/Petrochem & Refinery Shutdowns and Turnarounds Conference, August 2017 For continuous manufacturing or process facilities, unplanned production disruptions are extremely costly.  One way to avoid these is to make sure that all work done during planned […]

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Leveraging Enhanced IR and Decoking Process Optimization to Increase Heater and Unit Capacity

Editor’s Note: From the Top is a recurring column in Inspectioneering Journal that explores how di­fferent parts of organizations can partner in a collaborative manner to discover new efficiencies, improved equipment integrity and opportunities to capture additional margin. The year 2020 shifted the traditional mindset of much of our sector. In order to thrive, companies […]

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Becht Process Advisors Participate In Q&A In Recent Issue Of Digital Refining

Participants: Doug Clarke, Al Keller, Jim Asquith, Sam Lordo, Bob Falkiner, Steve DeLude and Roberto Tomotaki To review the Q&A article in Digital Refining, please click HERE   We’d like to produce less light naphtha and more liquid fuels from our hydrocracker. How do we go about it? For changes mid-run with an existing hydrocracker catalyst load, […]

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Identifying Worker Density Constraints During Process Outages

How to Identify a Hidden Productivity Constraint in Your Process Outage Plans and Schedules During inspections and maintenance outages, labor cost is usually a significant expense. In order to meet the required cost and duration goals, worker efficiency is critical. As part of the job plans and schedule creation, a planning team was able to […]

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Critical Mass Duration for Process Outages

Avoid This Surprise When Determining How Long Your Next Process Outage Will Take Continuous processing or manufacturing facilities will occasionally require planned outages to primarily address reliability or maintenance issues.  Due to the high cost of these outages (opportunity and real), careful planning and scheduling practices are used to come up with detailed execution plans […]

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Why Doesn’t a Great Maintenance Process Equal Great Results? (Part 2)

In Part 1 we observed that some of the best results come from organizations with poor maintenance work processes and some organizations with a great work process have poor results.  It was also noted that the maintenance work process itself only accounts for 10% to 20% of the total maintenance value.  In Part 2 we […]

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Improve Your Availability with A RAM Study

In our industry, most companies are continuously managing risk, efficiency, and production interruptions that may have resulted in millions of dollars lost. To mitigate these unplanned events and improve productivity, improvement projects executed, employee training is conducted and equipment strategies are implemented. Reliable equipment that is 100% available and ready when needed is a very […]

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Why Doesn’t a Great Maintenance Process Equal Great Results?

Becht made an interesting observation on maintenance processes after consulting in several facilities — Some of the best results come from organizations with poor maintenance work processes and some organizations with a great work process have poor results. Why is this? The reason is that maintenance results or maintenance value is dependent on more than […]

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Improving Burner Design And Operation With CFD Modeling

by Dave Dewees & Zumao Chen Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modeling can be used as an efficient and low-cost alternative to improve the design and operation of a new burner. There are many factors that affect the performance of burners in a charge heater in a refinery. The burner must maintain a certain heat flux […]

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Improving Fixed Bed Naphtha Reformer Catalyst Regeneration

Background Refiners have been reforming naphtha to improve its octane or to produce aromatic chemicals since the 1930s. Initially the desired chemical reactions were achieved in Thermal Reformers without the use of catalyst by simply heating the naphtha to about 540°C (1000°F) to “crack” non-aromatics out of the naphtha boiling range. This was effective but […]

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