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.
Check for human errors
You may be making an error if you dont find time to double-check your own and others work. Making time to check human work can prevent costly mistakes and save time.
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.
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.
Choose the right temperature sensor
Theres no simple solution to achieving accurate temperature measurement. Its 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Curriculum change isnt enough
Chemical engineering students deserve better teachers, according to Chemical Processing's Editor in Chief Mark Rosenzweig.
Cutting the wires of communications
Users want wireless, vendors want to sell wireless, so whats the problem? This article tackles one of the most discussed topics: the use of wireless communications in process automation.
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.
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.