Ad Closing: September 11, 2015 | Material Closing: September 18, 2015
Sites Step Up Screening
By Seán Ottewell, Editor at Large
Protecting a plant involves far more than strong cyber security. Proper background checking of people who work on site, i.e., plant staff as well as personnel from contractors, vendors, etc., is receiving increasing attention.
Design and Optimization
Avoid Pitfalls in Process Simulation
By Richard Pelletier and Mike Donahue, SimSci - Schneider Electric
Process simulation is a powerful tool but can be hard to master. Even experienced users make mistakes that cause unexpected and unnecessary errors. Here are several common mishaps and techniques to avoid or address them.
Maintenance and Operations
Pay Attention to Steam Feedwater
By Brad Buecker, Kiewit Engineering and Design
Boiler feedwater or steam issues can cause equipment failures and curtail production. Steam production requires high purity water; proper water treatment and chemistry control in steam generators is critical.
Instrumentation and Control
Take A Pragmatic Approach to Alarm Management
By GC Shah, Wood Group Mustang
Operators at many plants often must contend with a flood of alarms. Addressing this problem requires a conscientious approach to alarm management. Some proven steps can make the effort more effective and enduring.
Making it Work
Control Upgrades Meet Accelerated Deadline
By Jayapal A P, Sipchem (Saudi Arabia)
A project to upgrade the automation systems at three plants originally was expected to take ten months. However, the target was changed to ten weeks. An integrated project team successfully completed the effort on time.
Understand Cogeneration, Part 2
By Riyaz Papar, Energy Columnist
This second column in a two-part series focuses on how to get the most out of the electrical generation portion of cogeneration. It looks particularly at maximizing power from a gas turbine generator by minimizing parasitic losses.
Make the Most of Your First Turnaround
By Andrew Sloley, Troubleshooting Columnist
Taking part in a plant turnaround can provide an inexperienced engineer with a tremendous opportunity to learn about equipment, common plant problems and more. Here's how to prepare for a turnaround inspection role.
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