Today, information is expected to be instantaneous. We are used to “Googling” for information and receiving instant results, sometimes more than we imagined. Online monitoring systems in refineries check temperature, pressure, flow, motor condition, and many other aspects of fixed or rotating equipment.
Process units such as refineries and chemical manufacturing facilities observe operational events happening on a daily, weekly, monthly, and sometimes even hourly basis that can induce pesky episodic or lasting corrosion. Perhaps an excursion or upset took place and you want to take a closer look at the integrity operating window (IOW) of that asset. Maybe a unit is being brought back online from a turnaround or maintenance activity and you want to monitor start-up conditions. Perhaps the facility is processing a new crude slate to take advantage of lower-priced, opportunity-crude feed stock.