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Assessing Pressure Relief Needs

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Evaluating thermal expansion and overpressure protection.

Going Wireless

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Process knowledge systems employing wireless technologies can deliver true benefits to chemical manufacturers

Taking the Pulse of Fluid Metering

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Applications benefit from more precise dosing and improved control. Read this article to learn why.

It's Crystal Clear [Part Two]

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Part 2: Scaleup, simulation and new technologies

Seven Innovations Earn Chemical Processing Honors

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Many plants stand to benefit from these recently commercialized developments

Wireless | The brave new world of RFID | Chemical Processing

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The brave new world of RFID

Virtual Fluid Dynamics

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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.

Give gaskets a squeeze

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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, ...

Don't Send Money Down the Drain

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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

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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.

Put Your Column on the Map

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Residue curve maps (RCMs) can be employed in a variety of ways, including system visualization, evluation of data, and process synthesis, modeling and troubleshooting

Models Take off

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Process simulation historically has taken place within proprietary modeling environments. However, the ability of simulators to more accurately handle demanding tasks continues to evolve.

Research and Development: The Know-How Pinch

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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.

Process management: Raise an alarm about alarms

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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 Lark provides a serious lesson for the chemical industry

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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.

Become a more efficient chemical plant employee

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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 makes a workplace great?

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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 manufacturers serve a changing market

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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.

Make a new plan, Stan

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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.

Gaskets: meeting the acid test in sealing

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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.

How Do You Train a Process Manufacturing Plant Operator?

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Sybron Chemicals had the right idea when it sought to properly document the procedures for its wastewater treatment plant. The first step for improving both employee and plant efficiency is to have an up-to-date plant manual.

Engineering certification: License to engineer

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The bar is constantly being raised for licensed professionals and its important for engineers to stay up-to-date on certification changes. If not, you might be left without the proper accredidation for your job.

Chemicals get a bad reaction in Washington

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Accidents and deaths have not been enough to spur regulatory change under the Bush administration. There have been 167 chemical-related accidents in the past two decades, and 108 people were killed in 48 of the incidents.

Process engineering: Particle size reduction techniques and equipment

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There are numerous industries that depend on particle size reduction to improve performance or to meet specifications. This article details size-reduction techniques and equipment that may assist you when handling these materials.

Chemical plant site security enters the next phase

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With the last of mandated security deadlines now approaching, plants ponder future steps. Read about all of the improvements and procedural changes that have already occurred and find out what might be next for your chemical plant's security plan.

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