Emerson Adopts Thermal Energy Harvesting For Wireless
Power Puck thermoelectric energy harvesters convert ambient heat into electricity for powering Rosemount wireless transmitters.
Emerson adopts advanced thermal energy harvesting as a power source for its wireless products. Power Puck thermoelectric energy harvesters reportedly convert ambient heat commonly released in industrial processes into electricity for powering Rosemount wireless transmitters.
Perpetua’s Power Puck energy harvesting solution is suited to wireless devices in power intensive applications where a conventional power module may require replacements more frequently. The company’s Power Puck thermoelectric energy harvester reportedly provides continuous power for the life of the transmitter and includes an intrinsically safe power module for back-up power.
A heat source is all that is required to fully power wireless transmitters at their…
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Global Gas Analyzer Market Will Grow Through 2020
Advances in gas analyzer technology are predicted to drive the global gas analyzer market until 2020.
According to the latest research study released by Technavio, the global gas analyzer market is expected to reach $465.1 million in revenue by 2020. A research report titled, “Global Gas Analyzer Market 2016-2020,” provides an in-depth analysis of market growth in terms of revenue and emerging market trends. The market research report also includes up-to-date analysis and forecasts for various end-user segments, including oil and gas, power, chemical, food and beverage and pharmaceuticals, according to Technavio.
“Vendors are equipping gas analyzers with PC-based solutions, which function on Windows or Linux OS and store data on the hard disk drive. The gas analyzers can send real-time data to a data logger through the Ethernet…
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Understand Advanced Capacity Control Methods For Reciprocating Compressors
Advanced technologies for compressor capacity control can provide flexibility and save massive amounts of energy, but it can be difficult to achieve precise control.
Large reciprocating compressors have high power requirements, sometimes running in the range of megawatts. Integrating them into complex processes with side streams or multi-stream compression requires precise control and operational flexibility. Advanced technologies for compressor capacity control can provide flexibility and save massive amounts of energy, but it can be difficult to achieve precise control. Large reciprocating compressors are a poor match for variable-speed drives because the large motors make the drives costly and the high torque requirements require large flywheels. Traditional capacity control methods waste electric power by using recycle valves or recycle valves in combination with step control.
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Emerson Launches Radar Verification Service
Level measurement verification service helps users avoid process disruptions and improve process safety.
Emerson introduces a guided wave radar (GWR) verification service to help users verify their Rosemount level instrument performance. The service allows technicians to go to the client’s location and provide verification without any disturbance to normal operations, according to the company. A five-point accuracy verification is performed using calibration hardware with traceability to recognized standards.
The plant receives a certificate showing the level instrument meets specifications designed to comply with the ANSI Z540-1-1994 standard, according to Emerson. When used in oil and gas applications, the service reportedly can provide the inspections required by regulatory organizations and can verify measurement accuracy for custody…
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AIChE Announces Safety & Health Virtual Meeting
Experts will share their thoughts on a variety of topics and entertain Q&A.
The American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) will host its Safety & Health Division meeting on July 26 at 9:30 a.m. ET. The 90-minute virtual meeting will feature several speakers including Amy Theis, Safety & Health Division chair; Shakeel Kadri, executive director, Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS); Rich Sarnie, director, CCPS projects; and Vanessa Allen Sutherland, chairperson, U.S. Chemical Safety Board.
The meeting will include time for Q&A from audience members. Non-AIChE members may attend.
Click here for more information and to add the meeting to your calendar.
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Processing Equipment: Does Early Ordering Make Sense?
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Long delivery times easily can imperil plant projects and maintenance. Specialized equipment may have relatively few reliable manufacturers — and, thus, involve lengthy lead times. Meanwhile, industry consolidation has reduced the number of…
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Catalysts Could Boost Hydrogen Production
Scientists discover less-costly materials that outperform pricey precious metals.
Independent of each other, research teams in Germany and Sweden have developed new catalysts that could challenge the need for precious metals currently used to produce hydrogen.
The first team, at Ruhr Universitat Bochum (RUB), Bochum, Germany,…
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Exxon Mobil Membrane Could Save Billions In Energy Costs
Engineers develop a new way to separate chemicals that could save $2 billion a year in energy costs in the U.S and avert 45 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions.
A new method for separating chemicals could save $2 billion a year in energy costs in the U.S., according to an article from Scientific American. The synthetic membrane developed by Exxon Mobil researchers would also reportedly avert 45 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions around the world annually.
Exxon Mobil researchers have developed a synthetic membrane that can distinguish between closely related molecules and survive in conditions where other membranes fall apart. When deployed at scale, according to the article, using the membrane to separate organic chemicals could reportedly result in a 10- to 20-fold decrease in energy intensity. Currently, “between 40 and 60% of the energy used to make clean water, fuels and industrial…
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Train Operators To Perform Maintenance
To avoid a failure or to mitigate the impact of one, equipment operators must acquire the skills necessary to return equipment to optimum operating conditions.
Although some maintenance activities require formal classroom training, many routine tasks can be taught to equipment operators internally using manufacturers’ instruction manuals and in-house subject-matter experts. Maintenance craftspeople are often an underutilized resource for cross-training operators, and on-the-job (or OTJ) training is the best knowledge-transfer method.
Operator maintenance activities make use of the knowledge and skills of the people who work with the equipment routinely and give operators a vested interest in equipment reliability. Operator care tasks also free up maintenance craftspeople for more proactive maintenance (i.e., preventive and predictive maintenance).
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ISA Economic Indicator Signals Contraction
The August ISA Economic Indicator Report from the Industrial Supply Association shows that the Manufacturer Index and the Distributor Index both fell below 50 for the first time in 2016.
The August ISA Economic Indicator Report (EIR) from the Industrial Supply Association shows that the Manufacturer Index and the Distributor Index both fell below 50 for the first time in 2016, indicating a contracting economy, according to the organization. The ISA Manufacturer Index decreased to 48.6 in July from 59.1 in June. Meanwhile, the ISA Distributor Index decreased to 44.9 in July compared to 60.4 in June. For each index, a reading above 50% indicates expansion, while a reading below 50% indicates contraction.
“Business appeared to have suffered as a result of two fewer working days in July 2016 compared to July 2015,” says Bryon Shafer, general manager of ASG Industrial and chair of ISA’s Strategic Information Committee.
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Canadian Refinery Installs GE Wastewater Technology
Federated Co-Operatives Limited will reuse 100% of its water.
Federated Co-Operatives Limited’s Co-op Refinery Complex in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, is installing GE’s water recycling technology for a wastewater improvement project that will enable the refinery to clean 100% of its wastewater on site, according to GE. Once fully operational, the Co-op Refinery Complex will reportedly be the only refinery in North America to recycle all its wastewater for steam production, which is used for heating, hydrogen production, to power equipment and for cooling towers.
Several years ago the refinery expanded its operations to produce 30,000 more barrels of oil per day (BPD), taking it from a 100,000 BPD to a 130,000-BPD facility, which increased its water usage, according to GE. The refinery’s…
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Pollution Monitoring: New Tools Help Speed Compliance
The EPA’s Next Generation Compliance initiative uses advances in pollutant monitoring and information technology as well as improved reporting procedures to reduce pollution and increase compliance with environmental regulations.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has made much of its “Next Generation Compliance” initiative, created “to increase compliance with environmental regulations by using advances in pollutant monitoring and information technology…
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Washington Targets Drones
Chemical makers gain a tool to keep unmanned aircraft off their sites.
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Airgas Explosion Kills One
Investigation is ongoing in nitrous oxide explosion in Florida.
At least one person is dead after a noontime explosion on Aug. 28 at an Airgas Facility at the Ascend Performance Materials chemical plant located just north of Pensacola, Fla., in the state’s panhandle.
The chemical that exploded was nitrous oxide. According to the company’s website, Ascend manufactures and supplies chemicals, fibers and plastics products for use in various commercial and industrial products. Airgas is a distributor of industrial, medical and specialty gases as well as a product line of safety products, welding equipment and specialty tools.
As emergency workers, assisted by an Ascend response team, secured the area and made sure there was no risk of an additional explosions, it was determined that one Airgas employee…
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FS-Elliott launches redesigned website.
FS-Elliott Co., LLC, maker of oil-free, centrifugal air compressors, launches a new, redesigned website. Key features of the site reportedly include interactive product images, educational resources and case studies. The newly designed site introduces FS-Elliott’s AirCompare Life-Cycle Costs Calculator developed to give compressed air users a tool for making informed decisions about their compressed air systems. Users can uncover what they are currently spending compared to what they might save in energy and maintenance costs with a centrifugal air compressor from the company.
For more information, visit: www.fs-elliott.com
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The winners will be revealed on November 3 in Manchester, UK.
The Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) announces the finalists for the IChemE Global Awards 2016. Over 120 entries from 26 countries made it to the final stages of the Awards. The winners of each of the 16 categories and the overall winner for outstanding chemical engineering project will be revealed on November 3 in Manchester, UK.
The IChemE Global Awards celebrate excellence, innovation and achievement in the chemical, process and biochemical industries. Last year, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory walked away with the top prize for their novel fracturing fluid, designed to make fracking more environmentally friendly.
The awards attracted nearly 500 applications this year, a record number of entries since the awards started…
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Fulton Rents Out Thermal Fluid Heaters
2,400,000 and 6,000,000 Btu/Hr output units are available.
Fulton Thermal Corporation now offers multiple thermal coil heater skids as rental units. The units serve customers experiencing failure of an existing heater, as backup for critical processes or as short-term replacements during long lead times for new units or permanent solutions.
Fulton rental heaters reportedly offer all the capabilities of custom-designed Fulton thermal coil heaters. They are suitable for use in markets including chemical processing, manufacturing, lamination and food and asphalt industries, according to the company. They are currently available in two models: FT-0240C and FT-0600C.
The FT-0240C model has a 2,400,000 Btu/hr output, a 198 GPM flow rate, dual-gas (natural gas/propane) capability and can ship…
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Undertaking an energy assessment can be a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be if the energy expert can understand and follow an “impact analysis.” So, this column will cover this methodology and cite a few examples of how to undertake an impact analysis while doing energy assessments.
Published ASME standards for energy assessments provide a good starting point and offer guidelines for conducting these assessments. Nevertheless, our resources — budgets, human resources, and time — are always limited. Hence, there’s a strong need to undertake energy assessments from an impact-level perspective and increase the cost-effectiveness of these efforts. We are still talking about a systems approach; I’m not suggesting cutting…
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