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  • BP tackles Texas City failings

    British Petroleum's tragic March 2005 explosion has been well-documented through the press. Read here to find out how that tragedy spurred the development of a new program addressing management issues at BP.

    Foster Finley and Karl Roberts, AlixPartners
    04/12/2006
  • PIP Tenth Annual Conference

    PIP’s 10th Annual Conference “New Tools – New Realities” will be held on Tuesday, April 25, 2006 in Houston, Texas. The one-day conference will include presentations, a demonstration from key industry leaders, several workshops, and award activities to recognize contributions from PIP Member Companies’ participants.

    Process Industry Practices
    04/07/2006
  • Flexible Pipe Couplings

    Pipe strain can cause premature failure of pumps. This can frequently be absorbed by a flexible pipe coupling... but only if that pipe coupling is properly installed. Merely putting it into the line without any support, will not achieve any significant relief from the pipe strain. In order to protect the pump against the pipe strain, it must be anchored.

    Ross Mackay
    04/04/2006
  • ASM Outperforms Traditional Interface

    Forty percent of operators at a world-scale North American ethylene plant site discovered that problems were solved 40% faster using new operator interface.

    Jamie Errington, Human Centered Solutions, Dal Vernon Reising, Human Centered Solutions, and Kevin Harris, Honeywell
    03/14/2006
  • Wireless wins wider role

    Wireless is poised for a big breakthrough in plant operations because of its ease of use, safety and potential for energy savings.

    C. Kenna Amos, contributing editor
    03/14/2006
  • Check out before you start up

    In his monthly Field Notes column, Senior Editor Dirk Willard reveals that regardless of the preparation, check-out tests always bring out some surprises.

    Dirk Willard, senior editor
    02/28/2006
  • Savor your slide rule

    This long-time symbol of engineering has retained its value, says Editor in Chief Mark Rosenzweig in his monthly column.

    Mark Rosenzweig
    02/20/2006
  • Can you trust your sight glasses?

    Sight glasses are invaluable for troubleshooting towers and checking instruments. Improper connections can take a toll on accuracy.

    Andrew Sloley, contributing editor
    02/17/2006
  • Bend Pressure Drop & Heat Transfer Performance

    The presence of bends and properly predicting pressure drop through them can have a significant impact on accurately estimating the thermal and hydraulic performance of the overall unit.

    LiDong Huang / Fernando J. Aguirre
    02/16/2006
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