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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Automated spray control pays dividends
Just because nozzles are spraying doesnt mean that they are spraying precisely, and precision spray performance can bring rewards in terms of throughput, quality and bottom-line profits.
Applying the pressure
Air compressors are an integral part of any manufacturing process. Learn about the key elements that affect air-compressor performance.
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.
An MES Reality Check
Simple survey methodology may be used to determine real-dollar ROI for MES platforms.