2005

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  • Chemicals get a bad reaction in Washington

    Accidents and deaths have not been enough to spur regulatory change under the Bush administration.  There have been 167 accidents in the past two decades, and 108 people were killed in 48 of the incidents.

    Lynn Bergeson, regulatory editor
    01/28/2005
  • Properly introduce solids into a flowing gas stream

    Particulate solids are often required to be introduced into a flowing gas stream. If not done correctly, introduction of solids into the gas stream can lead to impingement of solids on the pipe, resulting in erosion of the pipe in the area of the solids introduction.

    01/31/2005
  • Process Engineering: Looking for good data?

    Are you experiencing problems with measurement uncertainty and are often left with poor data? Let Dr. Gooddata help you develop objective numerical tests for good data.

    Ronald H. Dieck, Ron Dieck Associates Inc.
    02/04/2005
  • Automation & IT: Making a HART connection

    This article is the first in a series of web-exclusive items designed to increase your knowledge about the HART Field Communications Protocol. Read here to find out the benefits of using HART Communication.

    Ed T. Ladd, Jr., HART Communication Foundation, Austin, Texas
    02/10/2005
  • Chemical plant site security enters the next phase

    With the last of mandated security deadlines now approaching, plants ponder future steps.  Read about all of the improvements and procedural changes that have already occurred and find out what might be next for your plant's security plan.

    Nick Basta, editor at large
    02/10/2005
  • Process engineering: Fieldbus is here - are you ready?

    Digital-based protocols, such as those used by fieldbus technology, are finding their way into a wider range of plant automation technologies. Read about the Fieldbus Foundation and how its technology can be implemented at your plant.

    Joe Conklin, Fieldbus Foundation
    02/10/2005
  • Become a more efficient chemical plant employee

    Plant employees aren't all that different from plant equipment. Both need to be efficient without being over-worked. This article details the things you can do to be more effective at your job.

    Sandy Baker, P.E., Exceedance
    02/15/2005
  • Gaskets: meeting the acid test in sealing

    Dow Corning Corp. was experiencing difficulties sealing a large hydrochloric acid column. GORE-TEX Series 600 gasket tape proved it could seal tightly for an extended period of time.

    Steve Beach, Dow Corning Corp., and Rob Haywood, W.L. Gore & Associates
    02/15/2005
  • Process engineering: Is your pump cavitating?

    That rumbling/rattling noise you hear from your pump is the symptom for any number of potential problems. The first step is identifying the problem. This article will help you determine what exactly is wrong with your pump.

    Ross Mackay
    02/15/2005
  • Chemical industry: Competing with the "China price"

    Chinese producers are consistently offering materials that are cheaper than most American and European producers. This influx of lower cost supplies is threatening the welfare of some domestic plants. How are these American plants dealing with the issue? Voice your opinion on how you'd deal with it with our online poll inside the story.

    Bernie Price, Polaris Veritas Inc.
    02/18/2005
  • Chemical industry: Making the dragon go "puff"

    The global chemicals business is changing as Asian countries, particularly China, are experiencing an explosive growth in economy. What can American chemical businesses do to compete with this new giant in the industry?

    Mark Rosenzweig, editor in chief
    02/18/2005
  • Process Puzzler: Keep cables in their place

    A Chemical Processing reader was looking for a solution to a cable hanger problem. At his plant, a 200-lb. cable bundle supported by cable hangers fell and injured one man. Read what advice our readers had for him and take a look at next months' question.

    02/21/2005
  • High-viscosity materials: Get into the thick of things

    Mixing equipment that you have relied on for years is likely inadequate for successfully mixing high-viscosity materials. This article outlines the solutions to this unique challenge.

    Bill Alhofen, Charles Ross & Son Co.
    03/01/2005
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