Wireless proponents take HART
More chemical plants are expected to go wireless with the introduction of the new wireless protocol for HART devices.
Wireless finds its calling
For maintenance and condition-monitoring, wireless technology offers much more than just reducing or eliminating costs. However, wireless also requires an integrated infrastructure approach rather than independent, proprietary point solutions.
Where is wireless going?
Increasing interest will translate into far more monitoring applications. The worldwide market for wireless technology will grow 26% annually over the next few years, forecasts the ARC Advisory Group. Vendors are responding and key concerns are being addressed.
Whats in the air for continuous emissions monitoring?
More attention to mercury and increased acceptance of predictive approaches is emerging. Such monitoring not only can keep plants on the right side of regulators but also can help provide insights for optimizing operation of equipment.
What you need to know about nanotechnology
For the first time at the Chem Show, a two-day workshop and symposium titled Nano 101 Nanomaterials Processing will provide an overview of the nanomaterials industry and market, synthesis and processing issues, safe handling and use of nanostructured materials and case studies on engineered nanoparticulate material systems.
What Works: Wireless PCs streamline warehouse operations
The basic principles of Lean Manufacturing date back at least to the 18th century. In Poor Richard's Almanack, Benjamin Franklin wrote, He that idly loses 5s. [shillings] worth of time, loses 5s., and might as prudently throw 5s. into the river. He that loses 5s not only loses that sum, but all the other advantages that might be made by turning it in dealing, which, by the time a young man becomes old, amounts to a comfortable bag of money.
What is taking so long?
Despite its 30-plus-year history, advanced process control (APC) applications remain few and far between, but it doesnt need to be that way. Dave Harrold, cofounder of the AFAB Group, reports.
Were starting the new year off right
The magazine and Web site are gaining significant enhancements. Weve ratcheted up our efforts to identify ways of better serving you. As a result, were launching several features that we hope will make Chemical Processing and ChemicalProcessing.com even more valuable to you.
Waylay weight woes
Production managers, quality control managers and maintenance engineers alike have encountered weigh cells that never worked properly. Why? Why have so many switched from a supposedly high accuracy load cell solution to old fashioned level probes or sight glasses? This article touches on the worst culprits for problems and how to avoid them.
Users seeking appropriate process safety systems arent getting enough help from unspecific standards and ideal-world certifications. Heres how to gain useful safety capabilities in a buyer-beware world.
Two bulk conveyors prove better than one
Engineers at EaglePicher Corp. in Quapak, Okla., faced some unique problems in manufacturing high-purity isotopic chemicals and wound up addressing them via a unique solution.
Translate lofty financial goals
A profit-per minute metric can really optimize operations. The chemical industry is discovering that it needs better tools to help capitalize on the products and maximize profits to generate cash faster. It needs a new metric: profit per minute.