2006

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  • Can U.S. chemical makers still compete?

    A steady stream of statistics in recent years has pointed to deteriorating competitiveness in the U.S. chemical industry. Domestic producers face global challenges but see opportunities.

    Bill Gerards, contributing editor
    07/24/2006
  • Can we keep pace with computers?

    The roll-out of 64-bit operating systems may necessitate taking stock of what we have.

    Mike Spear, editor at large
    08/18/2006
  • Can you trust your sight glasses?

    Sight glasses are invaluable for troubleshooting towers and checking instruments. Improper connections can take a toll on accuracy.

    Andrew Sloley, contributing editor
    02/17/2006
  • Check for human errors

    You may be making an error if you don’t find time to double-check your own and other’s work. Making time to check human work can prevent costly mistakes and save time.

    Trevor A. Kletz, Loughborough University
    10/31/2006
  • Check out before you start up

    In his monthly Field Notes column, Senior Editor Dirk Willard reveals that regardless of the preparation, check-out tests always bring out some surprises.

    Dirk Willard, senior editor
    02/28/2006
  • Chemical Processing Vaaler Award 2007

    Chemical Processing is now accepting entries for its biennial Vaaler Awards. These awards honor products and services that have significantly improved the operation and economics of chemical plants. Download an a PDF document below that details eligibility requirements, award categories, entry details, winner notification and contact information.

    12/11/2006
  • Choose the right temperature sensor

    There’s no simple solution to achieving accurate temperature measurement. It’s a combination of knowing the inherent accuracy of particular sensor types, and how environmental factors can create further measurement uncertainty and the sensor calibration techniques available to reduce this uncertainty.

    Cal Swanson, Watlow Electric Manufacturing Co.
    04/24/2006
  • Choosing the right contract

    A contract can be a stone in your shoe. Knowing which type of contract to choose can make your job easier. Chemical Processing's Senior Editor Dirk Willard provides tips on various types of contracts.

    Dirk Willard, senior editor
    09/20/2006
  • Column configuration can cripple performance

    The importance of having the inherent capability to meet operating requirements and enable proper instrumentation performance is stressed by Contributing Editor Andrew Sloley.

    Andrew Sloley, contributing editor
    09/21/2006
  • Consider changing the speed not the pump

    Chemical Processing's Contributing Editor Andrew Sloley advises that instead of reflexively resorting to brute force to provide enough head, adjusting the pump speed might make for a better solution.

    Andrew Sloley, contributing editor
    11/01/2006
  • Control your maintenance

    Automation systems have now reached such a high degree of reliability that many personnel at plants now take them for granted. Learn to use digital communication with your asset management tools to achieve predictive maintenance and substantial savings.

    Ian Verhappen, MTL Instruments Group
    07/12/2006
  • Curriculum change isn’t enough

    Chemical engineering students deserve better teachers, according to Chemical Processing's Editor in Chief Mark Rosenzweig.

    Mark Rosenzweig, Editor in Chief
    09/11/2006
  • Cutting the wires of communications

    Users want wireless, vendors want to sell wireless, so what’s the problem? This article tackles one of the most discussed topics: the use of wireless communications in process automation.

    Walt Boyes, Editor in Chief
    08/15/2006
  • Data validation: Jewel in the fieldbus crown?

    Many users and most suppliers to the industry see process availability as the big payout benefit of Foundation Fieldbus (FF) diagnostics — a good portion of it realized through data validation.

    John Rezabek, Contributing Editor
    11/09/2006
  • Develop an air-tight defense

    Chemical processors face significant challenges in controlling fugitive emissions. The emissions escape from valves, compressors, pumps, piping components, etc. It is a difficult task, but necessary to avoid penalties and other liability.

    Lynn Bergeson, regulatory editor
    04/24/2006
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