CATEGORY: Petrochemical Processing
PRODUCTS: Industrial Temperature Assemblies, Corrosion Resistance
DATE: November, 2021
In the petrochemical industry, hydrocarbon feed crackers play a pivotal role in breaking down complex hydrocarbons into more straightforward, commercially valuable molecules like ethylene and propylene. The extreme conditions inside these crackers present a corrosive environment, which puts enormous strain on traditional temperature sensors. The inability of these sensors to withstand corrosive elements was leading to frequent failures, increased maintenance costs, operational inefficiencies, and jeopardised safety protocols. A robust, corrosion-resistant temperature monitoring solution was clearly needed.
Addressing the corrosive environment within the hydrocarbon feed crackers, the plant engaged with our engineering team who are experts in corrosion-resistant sensor technologies. Instead of opting for an incremental upgrade, a radical approach was adopted to replace the conventional sensors with advanced, corrosion-resistant alternatives. These new sensors were constructed with materials specifically engineered to resist corrosive damage over an extended period, while also being designed to seamlessly integrate with the plant’s existing control systems.
The project yielded immediate and profound benefits:
- Extended Sensor Lifespan: The new sensors proved highly resilient against corrosion, drastically reducing the need for frequent replacements.
- Enhanced Operational Efficiency: Reliable temperature readings allowed for fine-tuned control of the cracking process, resulting in improved yield and quality.
Cost-Efficiency: The longer-lasting sensors led to significant savings in both parts and labour.
- Safety and Regulatory Compliance: The dependable sensors ensured safer operating conditions and facilitated easier compliance with rigorous industry regulations.
In summary, the deployment of corrosion-resistant temperature sensors has had a transformative effect, elevating the plant’s operational excellence, safety protocols, and compliance standards