Who's working at your plant?
The backgrounds of intruders may be a mystery, but the backgrounds of people regularly on your site shouldn't be. How carefully does your company check the references of people at your plant?
Where are chemical engineers headed?
Will opportunities in today's "hot" sectors , such as pharmaceuticals and biotechnology, among others, allow chemical engineering to continue to thrive?
Triangular cycling occurs in a pressure loop
Install a flow meter in the recycle, cascade the flow set point with a pressure control loop. With proper tuning, the valve characteristics are lost in the flow control loop, which should be tuned fast with PI.
Trending Does the Trick
Charting real-time data helps improve process control at chemical plant in Pasadena, Texas. Statistical process control data are an important part of day-to-day decision-making.
Time to prepare for winter
Winter can hamper delivery of process fluids, but steam tracing can assure smooth operations during cold weather. Here are guidelines for properly designing and installing such tracing.
The environment and the next four years
What does Bush’;s reelection mean? Expect more of the same policies, but also some new faces at EPA. The wildcards are the role of third-party activists and the identification of priorities.
The Bioproducts Crescendo Builds
Market forecasts for bioproducts are upbeat. One even predicts that industrial biotechnology will be a $160 billion global business by 2010. Industrial biotechnology first took off in the early 1980s; what gives today's activity a buzz of excitement is the repeat of something else from that era: high energy prices.
Test for success
The best hopper is the least expensive one that consistently provides the required solids flow. A few simple indices can pinpoint potential solids flow problems and help optimize design.
Tanks: What's in store?
Technical and regulatory developments in tank construction prompt changes; operations and maintenance receive greater emphasis.