2007

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  • Blind Transmitters: A return to the basics

    Analog transmitters easily send process measurements from different areas in a plant to a central PLC where process control decisions can be made based on transmitter feedback. Analog transmitters are great cost-saving alternatives to single-point controllers. In situations where multiple sensing locations are required, single point controllers’ costs can add up quickly.

    10/16/2007
  • Build reliability in during design

    Instrumentation that promises to improve reliability may not always be what they seem. You have to consider whether a site can properly maintain sophisticated instruments.

    Dirk Willard
    12/19/2007
  • Build your portfolio

    Is energy efficiency an engineering project or a management process? Contributing Editor Christopher Russell answers that question in this month's Energy Saver column.

    Christopher Russell, contributing editor
    05/16/2007
  • Can the global chemical industry sustain growth?

    Can growth in the global chemical industry be sustained given recent economic headwinds? Find out from Dr. Thomas Kevin Swift, chief economist and managing director, Economics and Statistics, American Chemistry Council (ACC).

    10/04/2007
  • Can you trust your data?

    To make sense of supply chain data requires consolidating the information into a central repository and then using tools or applications to pinpoint errors and inconsistencies. It also includes taking possible corrective actions that enhance overall quality and confidence in the raw information.

    Andrew Nelson, Matrikon Inc.
    03/14/2007
  • Candidate contaminants get reprieve

    EPA decides not to regulate 11 materials in water. Read what Regulatory Editor Lynn Bergeson says about it in this month's Compliance Advisor column.

    Lynn Bergeson, regulatory editor
    08/01/2007
  • Carefully check vendor references

    Determine the differences between a cited installation and yours, Andrew Sloley, contributing editor, says in this month's Plant InSites column.

    Andrew Sloley, contributing editor
    10/30/2007
  • Celebrity cheers on U.S. manufacturers

    Editor Mark Rosenzweig discusses how an actor is drawing attention to thriving plants and the importance of manufacturing, in this month's From the Editor column.

    Mark Rosenzweig, Editor in Chief
    10/29/2007
  • Chemical industry sees green

    Developments target economics, not just environmental benefits. While pollution prevention was the original goal of green chemistry, today’s efforts promise to have a substantial economic impact.

    Mike Spear, editor at large
    01/03/2007
  • Chemical industry starts to shine through clouds

    In its third year, Chemical Processing’s online salary and job satisfaction survey results provides reasons for optimism. The record 1,830 survey respondents’ answers indicate salaries, raises, bonuses and job satisfaction are all moving in a positive direction.

    Ken Schnepf, managing editor
    03/28/2007
  • Chemical security rules edge forward

    Advance rulemaking was recently issued on anti-terrorism standards. Lynn Bergeson provides a summary in monthly Compliance Advisor column.

    Lynn Bergeson, regulatory editor
    02/12/2007
  • Chemicals transport faces worldly issues

    Global classification and labeling system aims to boost safety, Lynn Bergeson says in this month's Compliance Advisor column.

    Lynn Bergeson, regulatory editor
    03/01/2007
  • Chill out about cooling costs

    Plastic towers can offer economic and operational advantages, and now come in modular designs suitable for bigger loads. Converting to a plastic cooling tower can yield substantial savings.

    Dave Jurgensen, Delta Cooling Tower
    08/20/2007
  • China teems with harmful exports

    Problems with Chinese manufacturing go well beyond defective and dangerous products, Mark Rosenzweig, editor in chief, notes in this month's installment of From the Editor.

    Mark Rosenzweig, Editor in Chief
    08/28/2007
  • Choose the right fluid for your pressure test

    Compressed gas often makes the most sense for checking a process, according to Senior Editor Dirk Willard, in this month's Field Notes column.

    Dirk Willard, senior editor
    04/12/2007
  • Combat contamination

    Consider the impact of slope, fittings and valves. Plants can lose sizable amounts of money each year because of contamination caused in process lines. Owners and contractors alike can take steps in the design and construction phase to enhance the drainability and cleanability of a system.

    Michael Bridge, Swagelok Company
    04/04/2007
  • Come together

    Integration of plant-floor, building, physical security, and enterprise network means more changes for unathorized access and more need for intelligent security, cooperation, and training.

    Jim Montague, Executive Editor
    03/30/2007
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