How to prevent a valve from sticking
Members of the chemical-processing industry address the question posed by a reader of Chemical Processing magazine: What is causing the valves to stick? Possible causes offered include undersize actuators and fluctuations in the plant air supply.
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.
Sites summon specialists
The recent painful downturn and high energy costs are pushing corporate managers in the chemical industry to do whatever they can to improve company margins.
Make HSE a Priority
An effective health, safety and environmental management system will improve workflow and HSE performance
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.
Rev up energy savings
Electric motors in continuous or near-continuous service have high energy costs, even at the relatively low electric rates common in much of the chemical industry. Don't squander savings opportunities when considering motor replacement
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.