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.
Engineering certification: License to engineer
The bar is constantly being raised for licensed professionals and its important for engineers to stay up-to-date on certification changes. If not, you might be left without the proper accredidation for your job.
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.
Process Engineering: Pumping Efficiently
Inefficient pumps can increase maintenance as well as energy costs. Are you doing everything you can do to make sure your plant is running as efficiently as possible?
Process engineering: Doing your level best
Level measurement can be a simple issue with numerous solutions. Measuring the height of the material in a vessel is merely an interface issue that can be resolved in a variety of ways.
Process management: Raise an alarm about alarms
Sure, having more alarms is a plus if they contribute to better plant operation. But nowadays, more and more plants have numerous alarms that are causing more trouble than they are worth.
Toll manufacturers serve a changing market
Custom chemical manufacturers anticipate increasing output this year but must contend with high domestic costs and rising imports. Each type of chemical manufacturer has a different strategy for dealing with these issues.
Make a new plan, Stan
Senior Editor Diane Dierking suggests that you should look into taking a class in the new year. Many employers offer tuition reimbursement and often these classes are very helpful.