Wednesday, July 31, 2013

From Advice to New Refinery Process Engineers

"Refinerlink would like to congratulate the Chemical Engineering class of 2013! We welcome all of you to the refinery community and hopefully to frequent readership here at Refinerlink.

Now that we got that nice positive out of the way (you’ll learn that positives should always come before negatives), I should be the first to tell all of you new process engineers out there that you really don’t know anything."

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Breaking through the Heavy Oil Barrier with SimSci Software

Heavy Oils Link!
SimSci process simulation software from Invensys contains proprietary technology to model heavy oils more accurately than any other methods! Click on the link to find out more about heavy oils and what Invensys has done to meet this industry trend.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Petro component information in PRO/II

What information must be supplied for petro comps?

A petro component is similar to a pseudo-component, except it is entered by the user directly.  Pseudo-components are petroleum fractions determined by PRO/II from assay data. 

Saturday, July 27, 2013

SimSci Training Courses

SimSci-Esscor Training Courses
SimSci-Esscor is an Invensys solution that offers applications to give your plant a competitive edge in today’s global economy.  SimSci offers integrated simulation, optimization, training, and process control software and services. For over 45 years, these applications have been improving profitability and performance in plants across the globe.

Friday, July 26, 2013

From Downstream Today: European Refiners Squeezed in Africa by Rising U.S Exports

A sharp increase in U.S. gasoline exports to West Africa is threatening to undercut European refiners' dominance of that market, further darkening

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Stream Splitting using Stream Calculator Unit-op in PRO/II

The stream calculator in PRO/II is a flexible unit which allows you to blend any number of feed streams and produce products with defined composition and thermal condition

Meet North America Technical Support - Rick Pelletier

1.     What is your title?
Senior Customer Support Engineer

2.     How long have you been working for Invensys?  
6 years

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Spiral Users' Meeting 2013 London, England, UK

Will you be attending?

From Hydrocarbon Processing: US shale boom threatens Australian gas sector

Big LNG importers like Korea Gas and Japan's Osaka Gas have signed deals with US terminals, diversifying supply sources that had relied on

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Registration is now open for the SimSci Client Conference in October! Early bird discount!

SimSci Client Conference

Go here to register for $100 savings before September 13th!

Agenda details coming soon!

Monday, July 22, 2013

From Hydrocarbon Processing: US monthly oil demand plummets to 16-year low as gasoline use drops

Demand for gasoline, the most widely used petroleum product in the world's biggest oil consumer, fell 1.9% from a year earlier to a 12-year June low

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Workforce Enablement Technology: Training the Operators of the Future

Workforce Enablement Technology
Training The Operators Of The Future

Special thanks to Cecil F. Shewchuk, for writing this white paper illustrating the value of new operator training technology in a plant!

Google Glass Comes to Manufacturing

Google Glass Comes to Manufacturing

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Stream Splitting using Stream Calculator Unit-op

The stream calculator in PRO/II is a flexible unit which allows you to blend any number of feed streams and produce products with defined composition and thermal condition

Friday, July 19, 2013

From DownstreamToday: Fla. Re-Refinery to Run Waste Oil Rather than Vacuum Gas Oil

What a great concept - re-use oil by re-refining it. Why didn't I think of that!

TAMPA - The oil will come in used. Dirty. Polluted. Drained from crankcases all over Florida.
When it leaves, it will be like new. Clean. Clear. Safe. The purest form of oil there is.

Pure-component data and their affect on K-values

Pure-component data and their affect on K-values

  • For liquid activity coefficient (LACT)  methods such as the NRTL method

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Optimizing Boiler Operations through Adaptive Modeling of Advanced Process Control

Optimizing Boiler Operations through Adaptive Modeling of Advanced Process Control

By Thomas Kinney, Product Management, Advanced Applications, Invensys Operations Management

From US Ranks #5 on Petroleum Risk List

US Ranks #5 on Petroleum Risk List
"The US may be at the forefront of the shale revolution, but in a list of countries where above-ground factors are most conducive to oil and gas development, the country lags behind competitors such as Canada and the UK." Read the full article here

Very interesting story that accounts for the ease of tapping those shale resources. 

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Invensys Software Customer Conference - North America - SimSci Customer Conference

Invensys Software Customer Conference - North America

We'll cover our capabilities and solutions in Process Design, Training Simulation, Optimization, Trading, Planning and Scheduling, Manufacturing Operations Management (MES), Asset Management, Production Information Management and HMI & Supervisory. We’ll also present how our partners are creating solutions to provide outstanding value across many industries.

Ideal for those responsible for Planning and Scheduling, Operations Management, Process Design, Systems Integration, Original Equipment Manufacturers & Value-Added Resellers, Maintenance, Testing and Quality and IT.
October 15-16, 2013
Hilton Anatole Hotel
Dallas, Texas
Save the Date!

Registration will be available soon at this site

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Monday, July 15, 2013

Guest Blogger Wanted

I am looking for a few people within Invensys and outside of Invensys who are willing to be guest bloggers. We have over 90,000 views, and average 250-300 views/day now.

I’d like to offer our readers a forum to present their ideas and opinions on how to improve process simulations. All you need to do is to send their article to me, and I’ll attribute it to you & post it on their behalf - provided it is appropriate and relevant to our readers.

Please let me know if you are interested!

Pseudocomponents generation from ASTM curves

How are pseudocomponents obtained from ASTM curves?

The following steps are performed by PRO/II:
- The assay data is converted to a TBP at 760 mm if necessary.
- The TBP curve is fit by a cubic splines or other curve fit.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Join SimSci related groups on LinkedIn

Join SimSci  related groups on LinkedIn

Friday, July 12, 2013

Toolbar Customization in PRO/II

To customize the toolbars in PRO/II, right click in the toolbar area and you will get this menu –

From DownstreamToday: Shell to Spend $115MM to Reduce Refinery Air Pollution in Houston Area

The Department of Justice and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today that Shell Oil and affiliated partnerships (Shell) have agreed to resolve alleged violations of the Clean Air Act

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Boiler Optimization with Connoisseur SmartFire

The SmartFire solution from Invensys is based on an extension to the Connoisseur Advanced Process Control (APC) software. This solution is a boiler optimization application that offers multivariable model predictive control and neural networks.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Simulation Brings Training to Life | Automation World

Simulation Brings Training to Life | Automation World

Cyber Security: How to increase your online privacy

Cyber Security: How to increase your online privacy

What is assay knowledge management?

Guest Blogger, Emma Price, Customer Relationship Manager for Spiral Software
Spiral was founded with a vision to transform the oil industry’s use of software, helping to maximise the value of every drop of crude oil. The inspiration behind this was twofold.
Firstly, the evolving industry context creates new challenges and opportunities. Refiners are seeing a more diverse feedstock market than ever before

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

From Canadian crude production projected to double by 2030

A report from the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) forecasts Canadian crude oil production will more than double to

Monday, July 8, 2013

Column initial estimates in PRO/II

Good initial estimates for recycle streams and columns should aid model convergence. From PRO/II 7.1 onwards, users can update their recycle stream estimates, in a solved model, by selecting the Update Recycle Stream Initial Estimates from the Input menu. All recycle streams will be updated with solution data.

From HydrocarbonProcessing: Brazil's Petrobras sets new company record for refinery production

"The record volume was volume is 30,000 bbl more than the previous

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Anyone going to ERTC in Budapest?

Anyone else going to ERTC in November? 

I will be presenting in Stream A “Challenged crudes, bottom of the barrel and heavy oil technologies”

Friday, July 5, 2013

PRO/II Keystroke shortcuts

The latest versions of PRO/II allow you to alleviate the stress on your mouse clicking finger as most menu items can be accessed by keystrokes. The menus can be accessed by hitting the

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Pasting stream information into PRO/II

Composition data for process streams is often kept in Excel spreadsheets. When streams contain many components, transferring this data from Excel to PRO/II can seem arduous; however, this data can be transferred easily and accurately into PRO/II using standard Windows Copy/Paste functionality. In Excel, simply select the cells containing the composition data and type <CTR>-C; then open the PRO/II stream, click in the cell for the first component and type <CTR>-V. The composition data will be pasted into PRO/II starting at the first selected cell and continuing until the data is exhausted or the stream data is completed (Note: take care to use the same component order in both Excel and PRO/II).

This method can be used to transfer assay data, tabular data, compressor curves and other properties from Excel to PRO/II. In cases where the copied data extends beyond the default table size in PRO/II, the tables can be re-sized automatically.

About PRO/II: PRO/II is the major product in the Process Engineering Suite (PES). This process simulation software optimizes plant performance by improving process design, operational analysis, and performing engineering studies. It is designed to perform rigorous heat and material balance calculations for a wide range of chemical processes. PRO/II allows users to evaluate the use of heat integration with case studies, rigorously evaluate process improvements with the help of a process flow diagram (PFD), or model crude distillation units. PRO/II offers a wide variety of thermodynamic models to virtually every industry and is incredibly cost effective, decreasing both capital and operating costs.

Technical Support: As always, feel free to reach out to your local technical support team for more information.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Cyber Security: Password fatigue leads major companies to consider password alternatives

Funny - I just had to change my network password this week. This always causes so many problems for me. I ultimately lock myself of of my various accounts at least twice in the first week. I would love an easier solution.

Cyber Security: Password fatigue leads major companies to consider password alternatives

From Innovative solutions for processing shale oils

The refining of shale oil (also known as tight oil) extracted through fracturing from fields such as Eagle Ford, Utica and Bakken has become prevalent in many areas of the US. Although these oils are appealing as refinery feedstocks due to their availability and low cost, processing can be more difficult.
The quality of the shale oils is highly variable.

Monday, July 1, 2013