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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bagging the BTUs
Recovering waste heat from your compressor is now smarter than ever before.
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.