How to determine the flowrate in flare lines: A case study

Posted by Nicola Porter

Nov 15, 2016 10:36:20 AM

Flowrate and leak testing applications, pipe scanning and meter proving services are fast, accurate and cost-effective methods to determine the flow of vapour, carryover of liquid, build-up of sludge and fouling materials in piping, as well as the calibration of flow meters.


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Topics: Process Diagnostics, Process Diagnostics Technology, process diagnostics technologies, process diagnostics systems, process systems, tracerco diagnostics, flare study, flare measurement, flare flow measurement, flare flow meter, flare gas flow meter, flare gas measurement, flare gas flow measurement, flare gas meter, gas flow meter proving, flare system tracers, flare gas meters, flare flowrate data, gas flow meter prover, gas meter proving techniques, excessive flare flow, Flow Study, flare flow, flowrate, flare lines

Measuring the depth of refractory inside steel walls

Posted by Nicola Porter

Sep 14, 2016 10:03:00 AM

Every refinery invests a tremendous amount of time and money in planning a unit turnaround. Scheduling of the tasks, manpower and equipment has to be detailed and thorough. In order to plan, information is needed about the process system so that critical tasks can be planned to meet turnaround time constraints. Some of this condition-based information is gathered using tools such as gamma scans, radiography, ultrasonic probes, vibration monitors, acoustic sensors, and other non-destructive techniques whilst the process is still operating. It is vital to be aware of any internal damage to distillation columns, heat exchangers, reactors, and other vessels to avoid surprises that can disrupt the turnaround schedule. Each day of downtime is a day of lost production, so it is critical that a turnaround is not extended due to unexpected repair work.

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Topics: Process Diagnostics, Process Diagnostics Technology, process diagnostics technologies, tracerco diagnostics, process vessels, process pipes, refractory measurements, refractory depth, coke buildup, turnaround planning, shutdowns, turnarounds, shutdown planning, refractory lined pipes, refractory lined vessels, InDepth, coke deposits, turnaround schedules, refractory loss

The top three questions we are asked about a Tracerco Diagnostics™ FCCU study

Posted by Callum Grieves

Aug 26, 2016 8:56:37 AM


A Tracerco Diagnostics™ FCCU study allows refiners to identify operational and mechanical issues while the Fluid Catalytic Cracking Unit is still online. The use of Tracerco’s sophisticated scanning and tracer technologies allows refiners to improve productivity, maximise throughput, and plan any maintenance effectively. The insight provided from the study will lead to greater unit efficiency and higher profitability across the units run cycle. In this blog post we will discuss the top three questions we are asked with regard to a Tracerco Diagnostics™ FCCU study. 

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Topics: FCCU, fcc unit, fcc riser, fcc process, fccu studies, fcc diagnostics, fcc cracking, fcc troubleshooting, fcc unit process, fccu unit refinery, Process Diagnostics, tracerco diagnostics, fluid catalytic cracking unit, fluid catalytic cracking diagnostics, fluid catalytic cracking services, plant processing

How to identify deposits inside the riser of a FCCU

Posted by Nicola Porter

Aug 15, 2016 8:34:26 AM

In FCC Units (Fluidised Catalyst Cracking Units), the atmospheric residue from the distillation is cracked to LPG, naptha and other components. This sometimes leads to “invisible” deposits inside the riser.

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Topics: Process Diagnostics, optimising plant processing, optimising plant production, Process Diagnostics Technology, plant processing, process diagnostics technologies, tracerco diagnostics, Catalytic cracking, cracking unit, fcc, fcc cracking, fcc diagnostics, fcc riser, fcc process, fcc troubleshooting, fccu process, fcc unit, fcc units, fcc unit process, fccu studies, fccu unit refinery, fluid catalytic cracking diagnostics, fluid catalytic cracking services, fluid catalytic cracking unit

Diagnosing the cause of off-spec production in a distillation column: A case study

Posted by Nicola Porter

Jul 21, 2016 7:53:47 AM

Tru-Scan™ and Tru-Grid™ scans are powerful tools that give you valuable insights into packed and trayed towers, tanks, pipes and more. Using this field-proven predictive maintenance technique on distillation columns allows plant personnel to monitor tray or packing hydraulics. A sophisticated monitoring programme can track the effects of fouling or other incapacitating conditions to extend run times and identify maintenance requirements in advance of scheduled turnarounds.

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Topics: distillation tower scan, distillation tower scanning, tower scan, separation tower scanning, gamma ray inspection distillation, distillation column maintenance, distillation column scan, Distillation Column Performance, distillation column service, distillation column scanning, gamma scan distillationcolumns, gamma scanning distillation columns, tower scanning, tower gamma scan, Process Diagnostics, process diagnostics technologies, tracerco diagnostics

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