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Evaluating thermal expansion and overpressure protection.
Process knowledge systems employing wireless technologies can deliver true benefits to chemical manufacturers
Applications benefit from more precise dosing and improved control. Read this article to learn why.
Part 2: Scaleup, simulation and new technologies
Many plants stand to benefit from these recently commercialized developments
Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) is helping to generate million of dollars of savings in chemical process applications. It gives process engineers a more complete understanding of the internal operation of individual unit operations.
The brave new world of RFID
Gaskets are critical but often-neglected components of plant piping systems. They may be unimposing and modest-cost items, but they play an important role by keeping process fluids inside pipes and equipment. Misapplied gaskets lead to leaking flanges and potentially severe safety, ...
Newly mandated pharmaceutical pretreatment standards imposed by U.S. EPA and adopted by the city of Albany, Ore., have led Synthetech Inc. to install a wastewater treatment system. The new system not only enables the company to meet Federal and local pharmaceutical pretreatment standards, but ...
Collaboration extends Its reach -- The step change occurring in engineering technology is being driven by the latest capabilities of design and operating software to exchange these data.
Residue curve maps (RCMs) can be employed in a variety of ways, including system visualization, evluation of data, and process synthesis, modeling and troubleshooting
A combination closed-loop optimizer and G2 expert system allowed a largy chemical company to save more than a million dollars in reduced overall energy demand.
Process simulation historically has taken place within proprietary modeling environments. However, the ability of simulators to more accurately handle demanding tasks continues to evolve.
In plant operations, one device that can represent significant cost is the sensor, particularly one used in a harsh application. Such sensors are critical probes that gather and deliver key data, and are often exposed to or immersed in corrosive solutions and subjected to high operating ...
A common error we see in compressed air systems, in addition to poor piping practice, is line sizes too small for the desired air flow.
Research and development is a chemical company's most valuable asset. In today's climate, companies must work harder to protect intellectual capital on an international level.
Distributed control systems are susceptible to alarm management issues, in particular over-alarming. The key to using one of these systems is to focus not on the number of alarms eliminated, but the impact on operators.
Sure, having more alarms is a plus if they contribute to better plant operation. But nowadays, more and more chemical plants have numerous alarms that are causing more trouble than they are worth.
The key to the long-term vitality of a chemical corporation does not lie in its business acumen, but in its ability to continue to make innovative chemicals. Editor in chief Mark Rosenzweig says executives should show more enthusiasm for this process.
Plant employees aren't all that different from plant equipment. Both need to be efficient without being over-worked. This article details the things you can do to be more effective at your job.
What exactly goes into a great workplace? Senior editor Diane Dierking investigates and finds that companies that foster trust, pride and camaraderie among coworkers rank highest.
Toll Processing: Custom chemical manufacturers anticipate increasing output this year but must contend with high domestic costs and rising imports. Each type of chemical manufacturer has a different strategy for dealing with these issues.
Senior Editor Diane Dierking suggests that you should look into taking a class in the new year. Many employers offer tuition reimbursement and often these classes are very helpful.
Dow Corning Corp. was experiencing difficulties sealing a large hydrochloric acid column. GORE-TEX Series 600 gasket tape proved it could seal tightly for an extended period of time.