2005

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  • Chemical makers play the power game

    Chemical manufacturers are using a range of strategies to cope with rising power costs. They are relying more on pooling and cogeneration.

    Mike Spear, editor at large
    08/25/2005
  • 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
  • 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 and academia must move closer

    The 7th World Congress of Chemical Engineering is nearly upon us, and "industry people" need to have a larger presence at these types of meetings, says Editor in Chief Mark Rosenzweig.

    Mark Rosenzweig
    05/25/2005
  • Can you safely grandfather your SIS?

    Making a claim that an existing safety instrumented system satisfies a new ANSI standard should not be taken lightly. Before doing so, it is essential to assess several critical factors.

    Angela E. Summers, SIS-TECH Solutions, LP
    08/11/2005
  • Build up agglomerate quality

    Several easy-to-use indices related to material flow properties can help to predict and improve an agglomeration process and product quality.

    Kristin O’Quest and Lee Dudley, Diamondback Technology, Inc.
    08/31/2005
  • Boost maintenance staff efficiency

    Many plants strive to increase the efficiency of maintenance craftspeople, but find it hard to identify where to focus efforts and how to track progress.

    Timothy J. Finigan, Fluor
    10/25/2005
  • Become a PSAT Qualified Pump Specialist

    The Hydraulic Institute and the U.S. Department of Energy have partnered to offer a two-day PSAT Qualification Workshop to be held September 7-8 in Dallas, Texas.

    07/18/2005
  • 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
  • Barriers to Industrial Energy Cost Control: The Competitor Within

    The Alliance to Save Energy conducts ongoing research of “the competitor within,” a.k.a. organizational barriers to energy efficiency. The barriers to energy management are rooted in the very complexity of modern organizations. Communications and incentives are the key to overcoming these barriers.

    Christopher Russell, Director, Industry Sector
    06/08/2005
  • Avoid confusion with air injection for fine powders

    Fine powders often need air injection to increase flow rates to an acceptable level. With entrained or injected air, powders flow like water, but when deaerated, the extremely low flow rate may be confused with a hang-up or arching condition.

    06/01/2005
  • 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
  • Automated spray control pays dividends

    Just because nozzles are spraying doesn’t mean that they are spraying precisely, and precision spray performance can bring rewards in terms of throughput, quality and bottom-line profits.

    08/16/2005
  • Applying the pressure

    Air compressors are an integral part of any manufacturing process. Learn about the key elements that affect air-compressor performance.

    06/14/2005
  • Answering the need for Fieldbus

    This exclusive piece from the Fieldbus Foundation gives a general overview of Fieldbus technology and how it can help you in your plant.

    Joe Conklin, Fieldbus Foundation
    09/14/2005
  • An MES Reality Check

    Simple survey methodology may be used to determine real-dollar ROI for MES platforms.

    11/09/2005
  • AMS benefits chemical plant from start to finish

    DuPont engineers chose Intelligent Device Manager software from Emerson Process Management to help manage all the data available from their instrumentation.

    Warren Way, E.I. DuPont deNemours Co.
    04/08/2005
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