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.
Aging infrastructure is a topic many asset owners and regulators are concerned about. Recent occurrences of pipeline leaks, explosions and other failures are making the evening news. Companies responsible for the integrity of the pipeline are continually seeking new or improved methods of assessing and ultimately monitoring piping for specific conditions which could result in a leak or failure.
Monitoring process equipment operating at high temperatures can be very challenging. Piping, vessels, and other mechanical equipment are typically insulated to minimize heat loss. Surface conditions can be difficult for NDT technicians to properly couple ultrasound probes and obtain reliable thickness reading as couplant can quickly vaporize at those high temperatures.
The American Petroleum Institute’s (API) Biennial Inspection Summit was held January 29 – 31, 2019 in Galveston TX. It was the largest API Inspection Summit ever with 1,767 attendees – up 26% from the 2017 conference.