Put Your Column on the Map
Residue curve maps (RCMs) can be employed in a variety of ways, including system visualization, evluation of data, and process synthesis, modeling and troubleshooting
Zirconium proves to be the ideal material to overcome corrosion and abrasion problems. It naturally forms an adherent, self-healing protective film that protects it from chemical attack
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.
Raise your guard
Several factors drive concern for better security on the plant floor. Better technology — including iris scanning — can help you more effectively protect your plant from threats.
The future is in plastics
Single-use equipment is finding a place in the biopharmaceutical industry. One company has even designed a new bioprocessing facility around the disposable equipment.
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.
Get control of reactor temperatures
A reader has a plug-flow reactor whose temperature is starting to cycle. The company tried to tuning both controllers but saw no improvement. Read about potential solutions to this reader's problem.
Take guesswork out of the mix
Which mixer would be the most efficient, cost-effective, reliable or versatile? Know your options when choosing an in-line or in-tank mixer to suit your application.
Manual unloading bites the dust
Automated bulk-bag dischargers not only cut batching time in half. They also minimize dust and reduce potential harm to those workers who operate the machines.
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?
Sidestep side-draw control surprises
The simplest approach to control side-draw distillation columns uses flow control on the side product. This solution, however, is not ideal for all side-draw control situations.