Ultrasonic Inspection

It is recognized that predictive technologies compete to provide performance in industrial environments, and an important role is provided by ultrasonic inspection. Of course, the subject is vast, and in the following article, we will briefly review the advantages of the ultrasonic inspection and, for any other requests related to the subject, we will provide all the necessary information.

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The "Fuel Oil Processing Plant" project in Dzerzhinsk wast transferred to the state expertise

Local media reported that JSC SPE "Makston-Dzerzhinsk" handed over to state expertise the  project of the plant for processing of heavy oil residues in Dzerzhinsk (Nizhny Novgorod region).

Recall that the agreement on the project was signed in September 2017. It is expected that by 2019 the company will invest 5 billion rubles in the construction of a plant for the processing of heavy oil residues. The plant will produce special coke for the metallurgical, nuclear and electrode industries.

The capacity of the new plant will be 200 thousand tons per year for raw materials. The production facilities will include steam reforming units, delayed coking, gas fractionation, heavy naphtha hydrotreatment and coking diesel, desulphurization of gases, demercaptanization of light naphtha, plant facilities.

Production technologies and basic projects were developed by the Romanian branches of LUDAN Group and GTC companies on the basis of the packages of project documentation of similar installations operated by Eastern Europe.

It is assumed that the plant will be able to completely process the incoming fuel oil of primary and secondary processes, as well as heavy residual hydrocarbons of other processes of oil refining, petrochemistry and coal chemistry. The plant's products will be diesel fuel and motor gasoline of the fifth ecological class (raw materials for reforming or pyrolysis), granulated sulfur and petroleum coke. Production of dark oil products is not planned. The Nelson index will be 7.2.

The general designer is OOO "Ludan Rus" (part of the LUDAN Group), the company will also carry out design work, prepare a project for a process control system. Development of the master plan and project documentation is carried out by OAO GIPROIV. He is also responsible for the maintenance of equipment supplies.

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Successful EPCM project for a New Grain Terminal for CHIMPEX in Constanta harbor, Romania

Chimpex, an Ameropa subsidiary based in Constanta Romania build a new grain terminal. The new state-of-the-art terminal has an operating capacity of over 3.5 million tons of grains per year (wheat, barley, corn, rapeseed, sunflower, etc.) and will allow simultaneous unloading from trains, trucks, barges and loading to PANAMAX vessels up to 63,000 tons. The terminal has a storage capacity of 200,000 tonnes on 20 vertical cells, can receive cargo by barge 400 Mt/h, rail 400 Mt/h, truck 2x 400 Mt/h, and has a vessel loading rate of 2 x 800 tonnes per hour.

This terminal provides best-in-class services to its customers, protect the environment, ensure a safe working environment for its employees and boasts lots of modern technology and automation.

LUDAN Engineering SRL, has successfully carried out the Engineering, Procurement and Construction Management (EPCM) project. By executing this technically challenging project, our engineers have even further strengthened the know-how for agro sector putting us in the pole position amongst the Eastern European Companies serving the process industry.

2017 Emerson Global Users Exchange Americas

Ludan Team will participate to 2017 Emerson Global Users Exchange Americas conference, that will be held on October 2 - 6, 2017 at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

During the conference our colleagues Mr. Ion Paidiu and Mrs. Lucia Giurascu will sustain a presentation related to "Automating Fertilizer Crystallization Process using Remote I/O and Delta V batch-like Logic" 

Advances in Process Control. A veteran practitioner’s opinions - by Radu Iscovici Senior APC Consultant

Production facilities in heavy process industries like oil and gas extraction, oil refining, petrochemical, basic chemical production,metallurgy etc.are monitored and controlled by modern Distributed Control Systems-DCS.

These process control systems have hundreds and sometimes even thousands of control loops.

The process is visualized by operators on workstation displays. Have their owndisplays on engineering stations.  They use them to choose the suitable control algorithm equation for the target loop. Control loop tuning parameters are readily accessed and can be changed instantly. The effect of these changes can be monitored in real-time and adjustments made if necessary. Apparently the situation is very good. However, new complex issues appear.

Issues

Many problems plaguing good process control have their roots in measuring sensors and final control elements (FCE-valves, motors, dampers etc.) misbehavior, even though much progress was recorded in this area.

Two remarks:

  • The large amount of more or less sophisticated control schemes and control algorithm equations, and their parameters and constants make their selection quite difficult without proper knowledge and/or matching tools.
  • The DCS is more than a control platform. It has the capability to supply an impressive amount of information about the industrial process state and also the equipment state including measuring devices and final control elements.

The issue evolved from an historical lack of information into a flood of data. These data must be collected, processed, configured and prioritized in order to be transformed into useful information for the potential information clients: operations engineers, process engineers, maintenance specialists and management.

To add to the above issues, the process control personnel was dramatically reduced in most industries all over the world, either by outsourcing jobs, or by promoting specialist to higher managerial positions. Newcomers entering the area do not possess the necessary knowledge, experience and cannot acquire them due to lack of mentoring.

Solutions

Fortunately, there are solutions to the issues mentioned above. Last generation software tools are developed and constantly improved based on the IT rapid progress  but, more important, on embedding the experts knowledge and experience in the area of process control.

These tools help operations engineers solve quickly control loops issues resulting from inherent industrial process varying conditions. Also, these tools diagnose the status of sensors and FCEs and predict possible failures which is valuable information for maintenance technicians.

Moreover, a process control training course was developed using these software tools. The course utilizes a practical, hands-on approach. No theoretical backgroundor high-level mathematical knowledge needed.

These solutions are provided by  Control Station Inc.:

http://controlstation.com/#

represented  in Eastern Europe by Ludan Engineering SRL:

http://www.ludan.ro/services/

 

The solutions include Plant ESP (Control Loop Performance Monitoring -CLPM-Suite), Loop-PRO (the top suite for loop tuning according to Control Magasine) and also the very popularPractical Process Control trening course.

Ludan Engineering has signed a Mutual Agreement with Control Station

Starting with 1st of August 2016 LUDAN Engineering SRL Romania had the pleasure to become the European Region Solution Provider on behalf of Control Station, Inc. in terms of control loop performance monitoring solutions for proactively detecting production issues and optimizing overall plant-wide performance.

Mr. Damien Munroe (Control Station, Inc. European Integration Sales & and Engineering Support) conducted an intensive training of our process control engineering and software departments at Ludan’s Bucharest Headquarter in August 2016 related to process optimization support.

The developed skills and training services provided by this training enable us to deliver services for the effective analysis and optimization of production and control systems.

Maintenance management integrated systems (seminar)

On the 2nd of June 2016 LUDAN Engineering SRL Romania, organized in Bucharest an event characterized of “Reducing the operating costs while implementing maintenance management integrated systems”. 

The seminar was focused on operational activity features in terms of maintenance and repairing sectors such as follows: 

  • Maintenance Concept (Theoretical and Practical Aspects, Strategies and Developments, Presentation of Integrated Informatics Platform for Maintenance activities management) 
  • Case studies, Software & Hardware Live Demos.

As a premiere for Romania, one of the worldwide best solutions in terms of optimizing operational costs was presented on a joint venture with our Canadian partner, Desmaint – MAINTelligence system.

MAINTelligence can be defined as an all-in-one condition monitoring and asset management platform used to track the equipment’s health and performance while collecting operational workflow management requirements.

MAINTelligence acquires displays, analyzes and reports vital equipment information with the same accuracy. There is also support for vibration and lubricant analysis, inspection processing, thermography and motor monitoring.

MAINTelligence platform accurately models the equipment structure and allows at the same time collection of data throughout the most viable and reliable condition monitoring acquisition devices currently existing.