InControl: Bypass and override management has never been so easy



By Nico Van Hoorebeke, CEO, Intation

Safety is one of the main topics at each chemical production plant, but this conflicts sometimes with maximized production uptime. In certain circumstances, technical or process related, safety signals (interlocks) need to be bypassed to prevent production downtime. Following the international safety standard IEC 61511, certain actions need to be performed in these situations.
How are these bypasses handled at this time? Is there a way to verify (human errors)?
Is everyone following the instructions? Do you have statistics on these bypasses? Is this information automatically up to date?
Are these bypasses periodic? Should the automation software being adapted?
Time for change!


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AIChE / Delta Process Academy Seminar 2018 - Safe operation of Chemical Plants - New techniques to improve safety

Excellence in safety is the key to address the increasing complexity of industrial production processes and the increase of rules and regulations both in Europe and internationally.
Experts in the field of plant operation give an overview of new methodologies and techniques to improve process safety in the chemical industry and related sectors. The 33rd European joint AIChE / Delta Process Academy Seminar is an effective platform for interacting and sharing insights with industry leaders and professionals.

Catalytic processes and process safety requirements, Geert Vercruysse, BASF

On June 3, 2014, two major explosions and subsequently a fire occurred at a SM/PO plant in the Netherlands. The investigation report showed that the root cause of the incident was an unexpected reaction of the catalyst with ethylbenzene. This reaction happened during the commissioning phase of the in-situ activation of the catalyst.
This explosion may have been a trigger to review the commissioning and start up procedures to see if a similar incident could happen. The results of a review (inclusive other catalyst related incidents) will be shown and used as a basis for discussion. 

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Smart tag technology, Mathieu Westerweele, Operating Training Solutions

Ideally, in terms of safety and good operation, every valve in a plant or tank terminal should have a position indication that is available in the Control Room. It is, however, common practice that only very few hand valves have an actual position notifier. Mathieu presents a new “Smart Tag Technology” (originally intended for Operator Training) that turned out to be a highly effective and low cost(!) solution to minimize operational risks, by having an overview of the actual valve positions of all (important) hand valves.

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Operational Technology (OT) security, a technical or an organizational challenge? Marcel Kelder, Yokogawa Europe B.V. 

Cyber security has become a significant factor in the overall risk management for industrial installations, process plants and other critical assets. With the advent of new technologies such as IIoT Industry 4.0 in the plant automation domain, and the increased interconnectedness of plants, networks and equipment, cyber security vulnerabilities pose real risk for safety and business continuity. Although there is awareness, companies are struggling with implementing a proper cyber security program for the Operational Technology (OT) domain. Is OT security more a technical or an organizational challenge. This is the central question of the presentation plus how to overcome certain barriers.


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Risk management - Practical approach towards safety management, Kristin Boogaerts, Jacobs 

Risk management is a key factor in Designing for Safe Operation. Driven by the Seveso Directive and the associated emphasis on prevention of loss of containment, the implementation of an all capping Safety Management system is essential. Both in new design and in assessment of Safety Management in existing installations; a robust analysis and structured project type approach can help to identify and mitigate the risks.
Key success factors in this process is the collaboration of all stakeholders and the continuous maintenance of the systems with special emphasis on Management of Change. We will provide case studies executed by JACOBS where we implemented our tailor-made approach towards Safety Management.

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AIChE Seminar 2019 - The Impact of Ageing Process Plants on Safety - New Techniques to improve Safety

Excellence in safety is the key to address the increasing complexity of industrial production processes and the increase of rules and regulations both in Europe and internationally.
Ageing infrastructure in process manufacturing industries and changes in operating regimes can adversely affect equipment integrity and reliability. Experts in the field of plant operation will give an overview of new methodologies and techniques to improve process safety in the chemical industry and related sectors.
The 34th European AIChE seminar is an effective platform for interacting and sharing insights

Ageing and Corrosion - Arjen Reinders, McDermott 

Many petrochemical plants are past their original design lifetime but are still being operated for many years to come. Whilst these plants are inspected and maintained in various ways, this may impose risks. Depending upon the applicable process conditions involved it may result in specific damage mechanisms. The plant design is based on the damage mechanisms and design life but several damage mechanisms are time dependent and therefore in the light of lifetime extension, it is important to assess the current situation of these plants and to make estimates of residual lifetime. For more than 25 years McDermott has developed and successfully applied a specific methodology called ”Plant Life Expectancy Study”, which is assessing the current situation of a plant asset and evaluating the possibility to extend lifetime. This presentation will outline the plant life expectancy study and the underlying principles as provided by McDermott as a support for investment decisions or future plant operation.  

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Normalization of Deviation - Tijs Koerts, Operation Director of the European Process Safety Centre

Many large industrial accidents with hazardous chemicals have in the root cause a contribution from human involvement. Sometimes people deviate for very good reasons from a developed procedure, while not fully understanding the hazard and while not being corrected by pears or leaders. A famous example is the Texas City refinery incident (see the CSB film Anatomy of a Disaster – available on YouTube). This phenomena has obtained its own name: “Normalization of Deviation”. Some examples will be discussed as well as manners how to recognise these and improve behaviour.

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Ageing Operators: Is the best yet to come? - Prof. Dr. Jop Groeneweg, Leiden University

In this presentation various apspects of the influence of ageing on cognitive performance are discussed. In general it is believed that ageing has only negative effects. In this presentation a more nuanced picture is presented.

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New Technologies in ethylene cracking furnace design


By Jelle Gerard Wijnja, Technology Manager Ethylene Furnaces, TechnipFMC

TechnipFMC is a world leader in designing steam crackers, from concept stage through construction and commissioning for both grassroots plants (including mega-crackers) and plant expansions using its proprietary technologies. TechnipFMC provides a wide range of services to the ethylene industry.
TechnipFMC has innovated its cracking furnace design, in which the chemical cracking reactions take place. Some of these innovations that improve the cracking process like the three-lane radiant coil, Swirl Flow Tube (SFT®) and the Large Scale Vortex (LSV®) burner have been applied in both new furnaces and/or cracking furnace revamps.




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Circularity for plastics: Challenges, concepts and fundamentals


By Herman van Roost, Business Development Manager Recycling, Total Refining & Petrochemicals

With the circular economy at everyone’s attention and with the EC’s Plastics Strategy published, the plastics sector is entering a new era. A lot of innovation effort is focused on sorting and recycling technology, even more since China shuts its borders for most plastic waste.
But why are plastics less mature in terms of circularity compared to paper, glass and other commodities ?
Is our recycling technology up to the task ? How to steer innovation ? Is there a role for the virgin resin industry ?
How are fundamental scientific principles interfering with ‘design for recycling ‘?
A need for engineers to step in!


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