Making Measurements Matter

A blog about measurement, the importance of doing it well and the practical means to assure that. 

"“Measurement is the first step that leads to control and eventually to improvement. If you can’t measure something, you can’t understand it. If you can’t understand it, you can’t control it. If you can’t control it, you can’t improve it.”

― H. James Harrington

Fiber Optic Process Spectroscopy

nir spectroscopy May 18, 2020

Whether it be Raman, Ultraviolet, Near Infrared or Infrared spectroscopy, spectroscopic measurements via fiber optic coupling to a remote sample cell has some unique advantages. These include:

  • Measurement close to the process sample point
  • Simplified sample systems
  • Custom analyzer shelter / building not required
  • Toxic or combustible process fluid not transported back to a space where people are expected to work

The combination of the above benefits can provide better measurement, reduced maintenance (operating costs), reduced capital investment and improved safety for process monitoring in gas plants, refineries and chemical plants. Here's how !

Taking the measurement out to the process point has some great potential advantages. The first is that the cell or measurement point (it could be a fiber coupled probe) will often operate at the same conditions as are in the process pipe. By that, I mean the same temperature, pressure and phase (be it gas or liquid). This is important...

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Natural gas Liquid Production

condensate ngl optimization May 10, 2020


Optimizing production capabilities makes dollars and sense. Often improving how we operate and how we control gas processing facilities can greatly increase the profitability and margin of such operations. Near infrared spectroscopy can be used to optimize such facilities in real-time and increase yield of high value products, improve product quality, reduce emissions and increase profitability.

Hydrocarbons, such as ethane, propane, butane etc. differ in value, with the heavier hydrocarbons generally worth more than the lighter hydrocarbons. The fluids produced from a natural gas well (or associated gas from an oil well) will containing varying quantities of these products. Mixed together, these products have less value on the market than if they are separated. This is often referred to as the fractionation spread, or how much money can be achieved by separating the whole inlet fluid into its component products like ethane, propane, butane and C5+ ( sometimes...

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Near Infrared Spectroscopy in Crude Oil and Condensate Analysis


Near Infrared Spectroscopy is increasingly used in hydrocarbon processing applications throughout the oil, gas, and  petrochemical industry.   The attached presentation was given at::

CCQTA-COQA Joint Meeting
June 8th – 10th 2016
Delta Edmonton Centre
3rd Floor
10222 102 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 4C5


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