Author: Bart Smith
Mature storage tanks were typically constructed between 1950 to 1970. As the installation of remote monitoring solutions increases in mature tanks, maintenance personnel must start addressing the best way to make the required change or addition. In this article, Bart Smith explores the history of tank level management and measurement techniques and provides recommendations for updating instrumentation to improve safety and reliability.
Author: Melissa Westbrook
Harsh process conditions, extreme material properties, or limited infrastructure are contributing factors to difficult level applications. By implementing a consistent methodology for difficult level applications, you will achieve high uptime and system reliability. In this article, Melissa Westbrook outlines a simple documentation and methodical analysis to support new or existing instrumentation at your facility.
Author: Joel L. Andreani, P.E.
This article discusses how the combination of the changes in the fifth edition of API 2350, Overfill Prevention for Atmospheric Storage Tanks in Petroleum Facilities (2020), and the adoption of this standard by various regulatory bodies has put additional requirements for overfill prevention on owners/operators of AST facilities.
Author: Phillip J. Smith
The 5th edition of the ANSI/API Overfill Prevention for Storage Tanks in Petroleum Facilities was recently released. In this article, read about the recent changes to API 2350 and an 11-step procedure that you can apply at your processing facility.
Author: James R. Olson
What is asset criticality and why is it important to your reliability program? This article outlines how to prepare for a criticality assessment, assemble the team, and perform the assessment.
Author: Thomas D. Hess, Jr. P.E.
Incorporate machinery risk management into a mechanical integrity program to prevent loss of containment, equipment failures, and a potential process safety event. This article reviews the risk management methods of API 691 and provides easy-to-follow recommendations.
Presenter: Michael F.P. Bifano
Piping vibration failures are not uncommon in the oil and gas, petrochemical, and chemical processing industries. In this webinar, Dr. Bifano discusses and compares the future API 579 Part 15 method to current industry approaches (ASME OM-3) and uses several case studies to help you identify, evaluate, and mitigate piping vibration.
Authors: Nathan D. Libertowski; Michael F.P. Bifano
Acoustic-induced vibration (AIV) is often more difficult to identify than other vibration mechanisms, such as flow-induced turbulence, slug flow, mechanical excitation from machinery, and acoustic pulsation. This article discusses ways to identify and mitigate AIV at a plant, plus how to proactively prevent AIV using design controls.