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Mission Statement

  1. Connect with the refining community.
  2. Share knowledge and experiences of industry experts and every day professionals worldwide.
  3. Bring new ideas and technology to people in a way that it is easy to understand.
  4. Help make our industry safer, more environmentally friendly, reliable and profitable.
  5. Create a resource that is engaging for everyone in our industry from engineer, operator, pipefitter, welder, sales manager, analyst lab researcher or anyone else associated with the oil and gas refining industry.
Apr 17, 2017
Host: Evan Hyde
Guests: Rene Gonzales with RefineryOperations.com
 
- Changes in the refining industry with USA export ban changes
- Modularization best practices for more efficient PHA, PSSR, MOC, and project management
- Aggreko Helps a Major Refinery Maintain Production During Seasonal Shutdown
- Rene’s highlights from CERA week 2017
- Feedstock flexibility
- Less urgency in environmental regulation changes - Renewable Identification Numbers (RIN)
- Zero emissions and unit revamp target project potential
- Aggreko - Reduce Catalyst Cooling Time during Turnaround - Patented
 
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Twitter: @RefiningCommunity or @Cokingcom
Variety of Linkedin groups as well. 
Apr 17, 2017
Host: Evan Hyde
Guests: Dave Geddes
 
- Mr. Geddes background, he managed PIMS group at Bechtel for 15yrs. For the past 15yrs, he has been doing feasibility studies for new refinery projects and updating refinery LP systems. 
- Crude oil supplies and characteristics with a focus on traditional and nontraditional crudes, naphthenic vs parafinic crudes and properties. 
- What is an assays and how differences can be expected between the predicted vs actual in the model and in the plant. 
- Certain assays vary over time over time - which crudes vary the most and why?
- Impacts on key refining processes including mischaracterization of yields for novel feedstocks. For example how paraffinic cracking yields are better for FCC but naphthenic are better for HDC
- Training at Refcomm > Petroleum Refining Economics
 
Links
Haverly's H/CAMS
SimSci’s Crude Suite
AspenTech’s PIMS software
Minas Crude Assay - 1999
 
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Twitter: @RefiningCommunity or @Cokingcom
Variety of Linkedin groups as well. 
Apr 17, 2017
Host: Evan Hyde
Guests: Gary Pitman with Coking.com
 
- What is it? A weekly gathering of all the people associated with the unit at a fixed time, no exceptions. 
- Everyone means operators, engineers, maintenance crew, turnaround planners, contractor project teams, inspectors, even procurement. 
- Get a bucket, walk the unit (or a specific area within), collect anything that’s not supposed to be there. Bring the buckets to a designated area. Collate or dump what you find. But discuss what you see with your peers. 
- Breaks down barriers, builds communication, cleans the unit, and improves operation - all for the price of 1 hour per week and a few buckets. 
 
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Apr 17, 2017
- Wikipedia on how mass flow meters work, do the twist
- Very useful delayed coker applications - get a handle on material balance and recycle
- Heater charge and fresh feed
- Product streams
- Antifoam injection
 
Some companies who sell these devices include:
Emerson - Micromotion
Yokogawa
Endress Hauser
Siemens
ABB
 
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Twitter: @RefiningCommunity or @Cokingcom
Variety of Linkedin groups as well. 
Apr 17, 2017
Guests: Dr. Mahmod Samman, Houston Engineering Solutions (HES)
 
- Drum skirt inspection image (from Linkedin, Gowrisanthosh Palika)
- HES drum patent US8905260
- Drum fabrication information from Sumitomo at Refcomm Rio 2009
- AMSE Pressure Vessel and Piping Conference (PVP-2017) - Hawaii
 
Attend Dr. Samman’s training 
Mechanical Integrity and Reliability of Coke Drums
 
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Twitter: @RefiningCommunity or @Cokingcom
Variety of Linkedin groups as well. 
Apr 17, 2017
Guests: 
1. Tom Kline with Structural Technologies
2. Sam Clemens with BOC Water Hydraulics 
 
- Check out this case study of Structural Technologies in action with a massive DCU tabletop and pad rebuild. 
 
- Link to BOC’s brochure about their decoking valve technology. 
 
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https://www.facebook.com/TheRefiningCommunity/
#REFCOMM
Twitter: @RefiningCommunity or @Cokingcom
Variety of Linkedin groups as well. 
Apr 17, 2017
Guests: Gary Pitman with Coking.com
 
- Gun drills started in the military around cannons. It’s used in the airline industry and some refineries. 
- Approach it like a zone defense in sports. What the heater charge pump trips, where do you go? 
- Some specific examples like high-high level responses, boiler feed water pump trips, or coker in-drum proximity systems
 
Episode image from NPS 18th Century Artillery Demonstration Manual
 
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#REFCOMM
Twitter: @RefiningCommunity or @Cokingcom
Variety of Linkedin groups as well. 
Apr 17, 2017
Guests: John Mleczewski, Linde Group
Linde Industrial Gases
 
- Common concepts of reliability practices from refining, chemical, and industrial gas separation plants
- Cultural aspects of building an organizational commitment to a reliability based culture
- Example of how reliability extends beyond operations and engineering to procurement. It really takes the village. 
- Specific examples for operator rounds for overhung centrifugal pumps
 
Check out John’s course - Reliability – A path to changing unplanned losses into production gains
 
Show image from Flowserve, check our their pump technology.  
 
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https://www.facebook.com/TheRefiningCommunity/
#REFCOMM
Twitter: @RefiningCommunity or @Cokingcom
Variety of Linkedin groups as well. 
Mar 22, 2017
Host: Evan Hyde
 
The podcast pertains to Sliding Stem Pneumatic Control Valves. When a plant is operational there are numerous things that could cause control valve problems: 
- Hunting Valve 
- Positioner problems
- Handjack positions
- Leaks
- Packing problems
- Valve internal problems
- Flow problems
 
In summary, a good troubleshooting process looks like this:
1. Visually Inspect for loose fittings, leaks, general condition
2. Place valve in manual and verify stability
3. Return to auto control and monitor
4. Check positioner gauges and feedback arm
5. Analyze DCS setpoint, pv, and output
6. Repeat as needed to get the valve working…..
 
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Variety of Linkedin groups as well. 
Dec 29, 2015
Sludge Injection

This relates to a process and apparatus for injecting sludge into the vapor phase of a coking process to vaporize the sludge while minimizing the carryover of solids and coke to downstream equipment. The process and apparatus are applicable to use in delayed coking operations and are useful on various sludges which can be found in refineries or petrochemical plants.

Dec 28, 2015
IE Expert Charlie Smith Talks Motors - Part 2 of 2

Wide ranging motor discussion touches on history, refinery applications, failures, bearing lube, criticality, high tech test equipment recommendations, best practices and more.

Dec 28, 2015
IE Expert Charlie Smith Talks Motors - Part 1 of 2

Wide ranging motor discussion touches on history, refinery applications, failures, bearing lube, criticality, high tech test equipment recommendations, best practices and more.

Dec 28, 2015
General Outline

The Refining Community podcast mission statement, introductions of your host Evan Hyde and Gary Pitman, an in invitation to contribute, a suggestion on nut runners and motor operated valves.

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