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SIS Tech Coker Drum Press Release Final

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PRESS RELEASE Contact: Dr. Angela Summers, President Sis-Tech inft@sis-tech.com asummers@sis-tech.

com 281/922-8324 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SIS-TECH Introduces Coker Drum Safety System for Crude Oil Refineries
The Coker Drum Safety System prevents unsafe actions by coker drums operators.
Houston, Texas—August 31, 2010 — The SIS-TECH Coker Drum Safety System (CDSS) automatically inhibits the opening of valves under unsafe process conditions. In a crude oil refinery, this prevents the release of hydrocarbons and/or hydrogen sulfide to the atmosphere, or introduction of hydrocarbons to an open drum. The CDSS logic solver makes sure that an in-service drum is not opened to the atmosphere, or that an open drum is not placed in service. Understanding the Problem OSHA says, in Hazards of Delayed Coker Unit (DCU) Operations, “The batch portion of DCU drum switching and coke cutting operations creates unique hazards, resulting in frequent and serious accidents.” The specific hazardous operating states are listed as coker drum switching, coker drum removal, and coke cutting (hydroblasting) operations. Each DCU has at least two coker drums, and an operator is responsible for manually lining up the coker drums and valves. Although operator procedures and training emphasize the importance of correct line-up and the hazards of deviating from approved procedures, accidents often occur. Failure to open or close valves in the correct sequence can result in the release of hot hydrocarbons and/or hydrogen sulfide gas, and can also cause a fire. Improper line-up of coker drums has led to several serious accidents, including fatalities. Because valve line-up is manually executed, operator error is one of the leading causes of these accidents.

The CDSS logic solver monitors process variables to detect unsafe conditions. http://tas. 2oo2 or 2oo3) can be adjusted for each process variable to meet any SIL or reliability requirement.R. It verifies safe conditions before allowing the TAS Coker Interlock System operator to open the vent. 1oo2. drain. meets Class I Div II requirements. recently installed a CDSS system at a major refinery. The CDSS monitors process conditions to prevent operations from opening the wrong valve or performing operations on the wrong drum. design and program a separate safety PLC system. The CDSS is suitable for use up to SIL-3. In addition. top/bottom head. “The use of the CDSS in conjunction with the TAS Coker Interlock System eliminated the need to install a safety programmable logic controller (PLC).” Thompson has been working with refineries and coking systems for years. on-going support costs are much lower as the CDSS is much simpler to maintain than a safety PLC. and can be installed in the harshest refinery environment near the equipment under control. Our .Total Automation Solutions (TAS. Field installation and implementation of the CDSS logic solver costs less than half that of a safety PLC. For each Coker Drum. thus preventing the valve from opening at the wrong time. senior vice president at TAS. requiring only that we clearly define the conditions under which certain valves can be opened or closed. ### ABOUT SIS-TECH SIS-TECH is committed to providing customers with the best safety related products and systems in the industry utilizing Proven-In-Use® technology. overhead temperature and inlet temperature. overhead to fractionator. The number of inputs and voting architecture (1oo1. the CDSS monitors three process variables: overhead pressure.” said J. and he appreciates the safety and simplicity of the CDSS. “Without a CDSS—we would have to engineer. “The installation was simple and straightforward. and requires that the refinery have staff available to support the safety PLC. It then removes the permissive to operate the affected valves and sounds an alarm.” Monitoring Operator Actions The SIS-TECH CDSS is a safety instrumented system independent of the TAS Coker Interlock System and other plant control systems. This is a significantly more costly solution. or inlet feed valves. Thompson. The CDSS is rated for -30 to 75C operation. blowdown.com/). The CDSS provides a totally independent logic solver coupled with independent process sensors to provide a stand-alone layer of protection for the coker drum.cwfc.

Our products are easy to use.sis-tech. and extremely reliable. Suite 120.com . TX 77034 USA 281-922-8324 (phone) 281-922-4362 (fax) www. SIS-TECH Solutions 12621 Featherwood Dr. cost effective to implement.thorough understanding of safety instrumented systems allows us to design and build products that meet all requirements and standards.. Houston. Our deep knowledge of the process industries enables us to always design products with the application in mind.

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