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KLM Technology Group is an industry leader for engineering documentation in Unit Operation Design, Sizing, and Troubleshooting. We have assisted small, medium and Fortune 500 Companies in their critical information for well informed decisions.

KLM Technology Group has developed Engineering Design Guidelines, excel spreadsheets, and software to assist engineers, operations and maintenance personnel in designing many of the equipment types in plant unit operations.

The industry design guidelines are typically a collection of multiple industry references which needs to be reviewed by an operations personnel or design engineer when designing or specifying a piece of equipment such as a control valve, relief valve or heat exchanger.

The references at times can almost seem to contradicted each other. There is a vast amount of engineering hours spent each year in reviewing these industry references and very often no good recommendation is developed from the reference review.

To help simplify this process, we have reviewed the industry references and have developed guidelines for engineers to do Preliminary Designs and Process Specification Sheets. The final design must always be guaranteed for the service selected by the manufacturing vendor, but these guidelines will greatly reduce the amount of up front engineering hours that are required to develop the final design. The guidelines are a training tool for young engineers or a resource for engineers with experience.

There are some very low cost guidelines and programs, sometimes even free, provided by the equipment vendors. Let the buyer beware, many times these guidelines and programs tend to pick their brand as the best choice - good for the vendor, maybe not so good for the buyer.

Engineering Design Guidelines Products

1. Written Guideline of Design Basis

A. Introduction - an introduction which has an overview of each application - 2 to 6 pages.

B. Definitions - a list of definitions used in the industry and these guidelines - 1 to 2 pages.

C. Theory - the engineering fundamentals and principals that are used to design the particular piece of equipment - these are all developed from first principles - 5 to 20 pages.

D. Application - how the engineering fundamentals and principals are applied in the field, with an example of the design of the equipment - 5 to 20 pages.

E. Process Specification Sheet - for the designed equipment example a typical process data sheet is derived - 1 to 2 pages.

2. Excel Based Spreadsheet based on Written Guideline Content

The Excel Spread Sheets are based on the written guideline contents. They also include the designed equipment examples in the written content. There is one spread sheet with multiple work sheets tabs for the examples.

3. Application Program Based on Written Guideline Content

We are developing Application Programs based on the Written Guideline Content.

The introduction to each Engineering Design Guideline can be reviewed on the link below. Please contact us for ordering information and availability.

Purchasing Procedures

One Single User Engineering Design Guideline - USD $599.95

Five or more Single User Engineering Design Guidelines - USD $2695.95 (10% Discount)

One Corporate License (Two or More Users/Sites) Engineering Design Guideline - USD $1,199.95

One Engineering Design and Sizing Software - USD $999.95

Ethylene Unit Guidelines

Refinery Unit Guidelines

Ethylene Unit Guidelines

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35. Engineering Design Guidelines for an Ethylene Plant Quench Oil Tower Selection and Sizing.

36. Engineering Design Guidelines for an Ethylene Plant Quench Water Tower Selection and Sizing.

37. Engineering Design Guidelines for a Ethylene Splitter Distillation Tower Selection and Sizing.

38. Engineering Design Guidelines for an Propylene Splitter Distillation Tower Selection and Sizing.

40. Engineering Design Guidelines for Olefin Furnaces

41. Engineering Design Guidelines for Boilers

43. Engineering Design Guidelines for Dehydration Systems (Mole Sieves)

47. Engineering Design Guidelines for Refrigeration

50. Engineering Design Guidelines of Olefin Compressors

69. Engineering Design Guidelines for BTX Extraction Units

71. Engineering Design Guidelines for Hydrotreater Units

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