Refinery operations can greatly benefit from embracing new technology available to them to create smoother operations. In fact, in a presentation given at NACE 2019, Michael Nugent of The Equity Engineering Group goes over why it is beneficial to have long-range wireless ultrasonic corrosion sensors for applications in refineries.
The presentation discusses what can cause corrosion-based failures in refineries, as well as what to look out for, what types of events and malfunctions can cause issues, and the data backing up these failure activities. It then gives information that can solve these problems. In the presentation Nugent concludes that IOW (integrity operating windows) can aid in excellence in operations and high levels of fixed equipment mechanical integrity (MI).
For instance, Permanently Installed Monitoring Systems (or PIMS) aids IOW real-time tracking to prevent a wide array of issues found in refinery applications that could cause disastrous effects. An example from the presentation of how PIMS can help these issues is stated as follows: “the use of the PIMS was able to show that the elevated corrosion rate was event-driven rather than consistent, and appropriate steps were taken to correct the excursion and lower the corrosion activity in this circuit after comparing the real-time data with process conditions.”
With long-range wireless ultrasonic corrosion sensors, a lot of these issues can be caught and taken care of in a timely manner. This will promote efficiency and safety while saving time and aiding issues that are backed by astonishing data. Download the slide deck to learn more about how these sensors can aid refinery applications.