Measuring the Difficult to Measure Symposium

Posted by Margaret Bletsch

Dec 3, 2018 8:26:44 PM

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Register to attend Tracerco's 2019 Innovative Process Diagnostics Symposium 
February 5, 2019 in Deer Park, Texas, USA - 8:00 am - 3:30 pm
February 20 in Gonzales, Louisiana, USA - 8:00 am - 3:30 pm


Learn from our team of experts how Tracerco's Process Diagnostic technologies can be applied to help improve plant operations in yourNew call-to-action facility. This symposium is designed to give refinery and chemical process personnel an understanding of how our products and services can be used to diagnose critical process issues. The symposium contains in-depth case studies illustrating how data obtained from our gamma scanning, nucleonic instruments and tracer technologies can be applied to help troubleshoot and resolve process plant problems. 

At the end of the symposium, Tracerco's panel of experts will host a Q&A session discussing the latest industry challenges and how to measure the difficult to measure process issues. 

Read more to learn about the session topics and download a copy of the invitation.

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Topics: Damage to vessel internals, trayed tower, PackView Analysis, mass transfer diagnostics, packed bed performance analytics, Tracer Study, exchanger bundle leak testing, chemical leak test, online leak detection, feed/effluent heat exchangers, off spec product, tomography scan, monitor wash bed coking, packed bed towers, packed bed scan, liquid distribution, quantitative analysis pack beds, packing mal-distribution, level detection devices, gamma scan, fcc services, verify flow meters, flow rate calculations, fugitive flare flow, Flow Study, flare flowrate data, flare gas meter, flare flow measurement, tray fouling, fccu studies, Process Diagnostics Technology, pipeline blockage, gamma scanning distillation columns, exchangers, solids buildup

Are you looking for a way to detect fouled or damaged packing before entering a tower?

Posted by Margaret Bletsch

Apr 13, 2017 4:20:42 PM

Tru-Grid™ Scans reveal vital process information that helps solve operating problems.
A Tru-Grid™ Scan of packed towers is a reliable and widely used field measurement used for evaluating the hydraulic performance in packed beds, including the results from plugging / fouling or damage. When experiencing problems there are two important questions you would like answered:
1. Where is the fouling / plugging or damage?  
2. What is the extent of the hydraulic problem due to fouling or damage to the packing?

Gamma scanning has proven to be an essential measurement tool to supplement operating history data analysis. Process engineers and operations personnel need to know what is happening inside their process equipment so they can take corrective action. A Tru-Grid™ Scan provides a density profile of the internal process to diagnose hydraulic operating conditions such as damage to internals, flooding, liquid levels on trays and distributors, and liquid distribution through packed beds.

Performing Tru-Grid™ Scans before a scheduled shutdown can help capture real-time data to optimize your turnaround and reduce cost over-runs. Scan results will prepare those planning the turnaround activities with the knowledge needed for critical path decisions. Scans performed five to six weeks prior to a scheduled shutdown usually provides enough time to order new equipment without expediting charges and to schedule the required manpower. 

In this latest blog, Tracerco, part of Johnson Matthey Plc, discusses how an unexpected pressure surge affected the performance of an acid solvent recovery column.

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Topics: Gamma Scanning, gamma scan, packing mal-distribution, quantitative analysis pack beds, liquid distribution, Tru-Grid Scan, PackView Analysis, packed bed scan, packed bed towers

Learn more about PackView™ technology at AIChE 2017.

Posted by Margaret Bletsch

Mar 20, 2017 8:32:00 PM

Tracerco will be highlighting our latest technology and improved analysis, PackView™ for packed towers, at this year's AIChE 2017 Spring Meeting in San Antonio, Texas.

Topical 8 - Session: Kister Distillation Symposium 2017:
Distillation Troubleshooting and Controls: Lessons Learned 
Tracerco Presentation Details:
"Packed Bed Performance Analytics Based on Gamma Scans"
Wednesday March 29, 2017 8:05 am 
Room 302 AB, Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center 

Mark your schedule to sit in on the paper "Packed Bed Performance Analytics Based on Gamma Scans" presented by Lowell Pless - Business Development Manager - Distillation Applications for Johnson Matthey - Tracerco. The presentation will provide actual case studies illustrating how this advanced analysis provides a new method of extracting quantitative information from gamma scan data to diagnose and characterize operation of distillation and separation towers. Read more about the the presentation in the following abstract that will provide an overview of what will be presented.

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Topics: Gamma Scanning, gamma scan, packing mal-distribution, quantitative analysis pack beds, liquid distribution, Tru-Grid Scan, PackView Analysis

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