10 tips for diagnosing control valve problems
To make the most of diagnostic equipment used in chemical processing, technicians must stretch their knowledge of control valves and related diagnostic equipment that keeps tabs on valve health and safety.
10 Tips for Success
Paying attention to the following points can ease implementing and improving critical plant procedures:
2007 Vaaler Awards
Three developments earn Vaaler Awards for their value to the chemical industry. They bested a large number of entries, based on their technological significance, novelty or uniqueness, and breadth of application.
Achieve continuous safety improvement
Enhancing safety performance requires diligence and unrelenting effort. The Independent Safety Review Panels recently released report on the safety culture and practices at BPs U.S. refineries where a March 2005 explosion occurred in Texas City, Texas indicates similar failings are likely elsewhere in the industry. Learn what can be done to enhance continuous safety improvement.
Measurement and control of physical properties such as level and flow are the heart of process control. But measurement and control of the molecular composition of a process stream are also of vital importance.
Avoid blending blunders
Selecting the correct device is crucial to successfully handling solids. It must deal with discrete pieces that have physical size, electrical properties, frictional differences and surface characteristics that can change with the environment.
Bagging the BTUs
Recovering waste heat from your compressor is now smarter than ever before.
Best practices in control system migration
Migration from your old control system to a new one is as an inevitable as death and taxes. But, the key to minimizing the pain is to abide by the control system migration best practices listed here.
Better water technology is on tap
The drought in many parts of the U.S. so far this summer points out the preciousness of water supplies. Theres greater demand for waste-minimization and recycle-and-reuse technologies as well as more awareness of utility usage and the impact of life-cycle costs on water-treatment operations. Heres a look at new technologies that will help.
Biofeedstocks see real growth
Economics as well as increasing corporate emphasis on sustainability and environmentally friendly products are spurring the use of biofeedstocks to make chemicals and fuels.
Biomass fuel production gets sweeter
Improved instrumentation and control strategies allow biofuel producers to reap the benefits of new processing techniques and advanced control strategies.