2004

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  • A New Spin on Safety

    All materials and processes have multiple hazards. However, it is highly unlikely that any alternative process will be inherently safer with respect to all hazards. So, optimization efforts must focus on identifying the design that gives the best overall combination of desirable characteristics.

    05/13/2004
  • Achieve total productive maintenance

    In order to achieve all the benefits of a total productive maintenance program, you have to start with autonomous maintenance and a CMMS.  This can lead to maximum equipment effectiveness through the elimination of defects, downtime, slowdown, and so on.

    01/28/2005
  • Adapt or perish

    Embrace changes in our profession to survive and succeed

    11/08/2004
  • Adaptive control takes a leap forward

    The next generation of adaptive controllers will identify a process model quickly and automatically and provide process model parameters that can be displayed, trended and diagnosed.

    Gregory K. McMillan, Washington University, Mark S. Sowell, Solutia, and Peter W. Wojsznis, Emerson Process Management
    09/14/2004
  • An alternative check

    Readers offer tips about reliable alternatives to conventional check valves. Suggestions include using a fluidic check valve, switching to a U-trap, using a standpipes putting two check valves in the series and changing position relative to the ground.

    09/16/2004
  • Are you up to snuff with S84 and OSHA?

    Check your safety systems liability at the door. Choosing to ignore S84 standards could put your company on a collision course with OSHA and consequently open you up to criminal liability.

    12/28/2004
  • Better damper control delivers big savings

    Installing an electric drive on a steam boiler damper results in lower fuel consumption. The reason? The electric drive enables boiler operation with just the right amount of excess air at lower firing rates.

    Joshua I. Anderson,&nbsp;Adolfo B. Aparicio and Scott T. Rutkoski
    11/01/2004
  • Better Damper Control Nixes NOx

    Installing accurate inline oxygen analyzers and precision draft controls can optimize emissions reductions and fuel savings

    03/03/2004
  • Chemical market endures the seesaw effect

    U.S. producers see economic growth coming from stronger exports and imports. However, some forecasters say that the long-term trends are less upbeat.

    Nick Basta
    10/07/2004
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