Author: Douglas Morris
Conference, led by Daniel Yergin
, was held this week in Houston, Texas USA. This year’s event very much echoed the theme from the last couple of conferences and focused on unconventional oil and gas.
The effects of these unconventional sources have global ramifications from both an energy and geopolitical standpoint. Abundant gas, in particular, is having the most dramatic impact. Because of the cost advantages it affords, global manufacturers are pouring capital into North America to monetize cheaper gas resources. Chemical manufacturers and other energy intensive businesses are finding this particularly attractive.
Although several applications for liquefied natural gas (LNG) export have been approved, there are many more awaiting consideration. The general opinion seems to be that the United States needs to strike a good regulatory balance of long-term energy security coupled with a sensible export framework. 2014 will likely be a pivotal year in shaping the domestic LNG market. Continue Reading ▶
Pulp and Paper processes provide noisy environments for measurement instrumentation. This 5-minute YouTube video demonstrates how magnetic flowmeter (magmeter) process noise diagnostics and noise mitigation technology improves flow measurement in pulp & paper processes using the process noise demo.
The demonstration shows the effect of particulate on the magmeter, how the process diagnostic detects high noise levels, and the effect of dual coil drive frequency on improving flow measurement. Continue Reading ▶
In a post last summer, Portable Vibration Analyzer-Human Centered Design Style
, we highlighted the latest advancements in handheld vibration analyzers. Since that time, Emerson’s Drew Mackley
has been showing the device to reliability professionals around the globe.
CSI 2140 Machinery Health Analyzer
The feedback about improved usability from the human centered design (HCD)
approach has been extremely positive. Given the focus of people he speaks with, the natural question he most often hears is, “It’s pretty, but is it tough?”
A reliability professional wants the tools that he and his team use to be dependable and ready to go when required for the route-based maintenance schedules.
Drew and the team decided to show the reliability in a series of durability tests. In this quick, 1:55 YouTube video, you see the durability tests from dropping it off a table, to burying it in mud and in snow, to tossing it down a flight of stairs. Continue Reading ▶
March 7 is fast approaching if you want to get the 200 Euro discount to the April 1-3 Emerson Exchange conference in Stuttgart, Germany. One of the presentations you’ll want to catch is on the implications of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive.
Emerson’s Steve Offer
and Paul Cockman
will be presenting on these requirements and how they form two key parts of an energy management system. A structured methodology, knowledge of best practices, and the role technology can play helps you to meet the requirements and deliver sustainable energy savings to your organization.
Per the directive and beginning in July 2014, large industrial plants must perform regular energy performance audits and drive towards energy saving programs. To accomplish these, it’s important to implement an energy management system and adopt best practices. The energy management system includes the establishment of energy management processes and the identification, prioritization, and implementation of energy improvement projects. Continue Reading ▶
Author: Rossella Mimmi
If you’ve been around the oil & gas business, particularly in North America, you’re likely familiar with the LACT acronym. Lease Automatic Custody Transfer is the point where the custody of oil is transferred from the producer to the pipeline, or any other transportation means. Many interests can be involved: producers, carriers, royalty owners, state regulatory bodies, and taxing authorities. They all want to be assured of the exact quantity and quality of the transferred oil.
LACT units are currently the best method to transfer the ownership of crude oil from the production facilities to pipelines or trucks, as they have many advantages compared to other measurement methods, particularly tank gauging. These include increased measurement accuracy (capable of unattended measurement with maintained accuracy of ±0.25% or better), better use of labor, better scheduling of runs to pipelines, elimination of measurement errors due to tank bottom build-up or encrustation, and reduction in investment and maintenance costs. Continue Reading ▶