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  • Strike the Right Balance

    Make the walk-through your first line of defense, advises Dirk Willard in this month's Field Notes column.

    Dirk Willard, senior editor
    04/30/2007
  • Flame Modeling Provides Matchless Results

    A computer simulation helps solve a refinery combustion problem. Finding ways to limit NOx from fired heaters, especially under stringent environmental regulations, has become a major concern for the petroleum refining industry. Complying with new stricter regulations, a Texas refinery upgraded the burners in one of its large cylindrical furnaces.

    Roberto Ruiz, Ph.D., John Zink Co.
    04/13/2007
  • Pacify the Fear of a Changing Work Environment

    Understanding how changing a work environment affects people can reduce accidents. Management of Change (MOC) has been one of the hardest of the PSM requirements for industry to master. Making matters worse, it’s rarely applied to people and organization changes. But there are proven approaches.

    Ian Nimmo, User Centered Design Services, LLC
    02/19/2007
  • Rely on an Ombudsman for a Smoother Project

    Working with someone who speaks the operator’s language will avoid problems, according to Dirk Willard, in this month's Field Notes column.

    Dirk Willard, senior editor
    02/12/2007
  • Energy Savings Pick up Steam

    More attention to steam systems and trap monitoring provides big benefits. At most chemical plants, plant management and operators face increasing pressures to improve the energy efficiency of their processes, so they should see how they can save on steam.

    Mike Spear, editor at large
    01/30/2007
  • Understand and Control Hot Vapor Bypass

    Contributing Editor Andrew Sloley says pressure control technique works well if implemented properly, in this month's Plant InSites column.

    Andrew Sloley, contributing editor
    01/08/2007
  • Making Your Process Operator-Proof

    Senior Editor Dirk Willard discusses Shigeo Shingo's take on mistake-proofing, or Poke Yoke, if you speak Japanese. The practice suggests the following devices: eliminate — redesign, facilitate — guide, mitigate — lessen the damage caused by the error, or flag — identify the error.

    Dirk Willard, senior editor
    12/05/2006
  • Process analysis gains greater online role

    Faster. Smaller. Smarter. Modular. All express the future of process analytics. And un-stoppable describes the ongoing migration of process analytical instruments to continuous, online, field-mounted use at chemical plants.

    C. Kenna Amos, contributing editor
    09/11/2006
  • Don’t Be the Hub of a Wheel

    Successful ‘green-field’ site start-ups depend on developing a team, says Senior Editor Dirk Willard.

    Dirk Willard, senior editor
    08/17/2006
  • Executing Alarm Management

    For you to succeed in advancing your strategy, while keeping the peace, you must meet many challenges — motivating personnel and juggling the integration of changes. The solution is better plant-wide communication and understanding of the alarm philosophy.

    Roy Tanner, and Rob Turner ABB and Jeff Gould, Matrikon
    08/07/2006
  • Better Design Is No Pipe Dream

    The benefits of using pipeline simulation tools at the piping and instrumentation diagram (P&ID) level, rather than running simulations just on the process flow diagram, can often be overlooked.

    Mike Spear, editor at large
    07/17/2006
  • Avoid Alarm Blunders

    Ineffective alarm systems pose a serious risk to safety, the environment, and plant profitability. Too often, alarm system effectiveness is unknowingly undermined by poorly-configured alarms. Read about these 12 common mistakes that can undermine the management of your alarm system.

    Michael Marvan
    07/12/2006
  • Effective Shift Handover Is No Accident

    A successful handover between shifts heavily depends on the organizational skills of management and the effective use of the communication tools available. Learn what these tools are and get the most out of your operators.

    Ian Nimmo, User Centered Design Services, LLC
    06/28/2006
  • Meet SIS “User Approval” Mandates

    No manufacturer’s claim, third-party analysis or certification report reduces the user’s responsibility for determining that a product is fit for its purpose. Make sure to properly balance analysis and testing information with field experience.

    Angela E. Summers and Susan Wiley, SIS-TECH Solutions, LP
    05/11/2006
  • Field Notes: Don't Know Much Geometry

    The cornerstones of chemical engineering are often overlooked. Teaching theory to operators is crucial to safe operations, says Dirk Williard in his monthly Field Notes column.

    Dirk Willard
    04/12/2006
  • 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
  • Dig Deeper to Find More Capacity

    Pipeline simulation software can uncover hidden causes of capacity bottlenecks.

    Todd J. Willman, EPCON International, Reuben Gates, Shell Chemical LP, and Mark Haboian, Eastman Kodak Co.
    11/09/2005
  • The Synergy of Simulation, Experimentation and Technical Support Activities in a Research Consortium

    For the business of designing process heat exchangers, computational fluid dynamics (CFD) tools are still not practical for everyday use. However, in a research consortium such as HTRI, integrating advanced analysis tools like CFD with industrial-sized experimentation and then applying them to real-world technical problems provides a significant synergistic benefit to the consortium members.

    Kevin J. Farrell
    11/06/2005
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