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  • 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.

  • 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
  • Adapt or perish

    Embrace changes in our profession to survive and succeed

  • 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.

  • 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.

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