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Improving desalter performance for opportunity crudes

LEARN FROM OUR EXPERTS how the performance of separators and electrostatic coalescers (desalters/dehydrators) can be improved by design and control instrumentation.

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Tailored measuring solutions in refineries

Berthold is renowned for cutting-edge technology and high-quality products. We offer an extensive array of industry-standard solutions, while also collaborating closely with our customers and licensors to design customized systems that cater specifically to their unique processes and measuring requirements.

State of the art technology

  • Externally mounted non-intrusive components
  • Not exposed to or impacted by harsh process conditions
  • Online measurement: real-time process information
  • Excellent reading stability: no need for frequent recalibration
  • Ruggedness: no moving parts
  • Total reliability: high accuracy with very good reproducibility
  • Outstanding sensitivity: excellent results even with remarkably low source activities
  • Lowest cost of ownership
  • Easy mounting on existing installations: no down-time and no modifications

Protected against X-Ray interference

With this function, weld tests can no longer distort the measured value. The measured value is frozen until the external radiation influence is over. A digital output signals the detection of interfering radiation. All our level measurements are equipped with XIP. Our detectors have the features external radiation detection (XIP) and suppression (RID), which are able to deal with interfering radiation and thus maintain stable reliable measurement and process control without additional hardware.

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Gas Property Compensation (GPC)

Gas property fluctuations in large vessels can greatly impact the output level value. Berthold compensates for such effects by using a second detector positioned at the top of the vessel which continuously monitors the gas phase. The gas property compensation (GPC) feature of Berthold’s systems uses the gas density signal to compensate the level signal for accurate and reliable process control. It reduces the risk of errors or failures, and helps customers
achieve better efficiency, safety and reliability.

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SIL certified option

The SENSseries LB 480 detectors are certified for use in SIL 2 and, with homogenous redundancy, in SIL 3 applications. The certificate covers all measurement applications, from high-level or low-level alarms to continuous level and density measurement.

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Detector retrofit program to improve your production

Especially in low radiation conditions, our highly sensitive detectors improve the signal to noise ratio, what is resulting in superior measurement performance compared to competing systems. Source replacement is costly, time consuming, and does not work towards a reduction in overall site source activity.

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Multiphase Level Measurement in Refineries

Multiphase level measurements are used wherever several phases are formed, and a density profile is required to monitor a separation process. Due to a lack of clear separation between phases and extreme process conditions, radiometric measuring systems are particularly well suited for this application.  Changes in emulsion height, slight differences in phase densities, buildup on the vessel walls, very large vessels, or large measuring ranges often cause problems for other technologies, but can be reliably measured with the EmulsionSENS measuring system. Many processes can be better monitored and thus optimized with the multiphase level measuring system, including desalters, alkylation units,hydrocrackers and other separators or storage tanks.


Whitepaper “Rod source / point detector"

Berthold has published the whitepaper “Rod source / point detector arrangement”, wherein the advantages and benefits of a rod source/point detector arrangement are explained. Due to less frequent production downtimes, simpler and thus more economical spare parts inventory, increased long-term and temperature stability and consistent process quality, the higher acquisition costs are mitigated within a short period of time.

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Article "Made to measure"

Catalytic cracking, especially fluid catalytic cracking (FCC), is one of the most important conversion processes used in the refineries. To ensure a control of the entire cracking process, level measurements are essential. But the extreme process conditions of a fluid catalytic cracking unit pose some challenges for the measurement technology. The article “Made to measure” (published in the journal Hydrocarbon Engineering April 2020) explains why the use of radiometric measurement systems can help to optimize level control in FCCUs and how Berthold systems can help you to control your process more reliably to ensure safe operation while increasing efficiency.

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