I learned long ago to surround myself with smart people. Not only am I lumped into the group by association, but I get to tap the brain trust whenever I need answers to life's many questions.
I certainly can't take credit for the idea of a brain trust — I was inspired in my grade school history class after reading about Franklin D. Roosevelt's team of educated advisors. That was the first time I realized I didn't need to have all the answers, I just needed to know where to look for enlightenment.
You don't have to have all the answers either. You can just look to one of our myriad resources for expert advice.
Recently I added a section that houses all of our Special Reports. Here you will find several in-depth pieces on single topics. Do note that you must register to download each one, but it is a quick process that grants you instant access.
There is a report on pilot plants from Continental Technologies that highlights ten factors that will impact the design, construction and operation of next-generation pilot plant units.
Want to learn more about conveyors? Hapman's special report looks at the different types of conveyors, discusses the use of tubular bag conveyors, and provides ten tips to prevent a variety of common problems that could occur with pneumatic conveyors.
Some of these special reports feature podcasts that delve even deeper into the topic at hand. For example, Edgewater Fullscope's report on condition monitoring has a podcast I recorded with the company's senior vice president Russell Smith. We chat about how enterprise resource planning (ERP) can help manage the supply chain.
Another section of the website that will help you find the answers you need showcases future and on-demand events hosted by Chemical Processing. Located at www.chemicalprocessing.com/webinars, this page lists upcoming webinars (we do at least one webinar a month) and enables you to gain instant access to programs we've already done. So far, we have 17 on-demand events covering everything from the U.S.’s Chemical Facilities Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS), and other government initiatives such as Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) and Globally Harmonized System (GHS) for classification and labeling of chemicals to bulk solids cooling and heating, emissions, and energy efficiency. Again, registration is required.
Webinars on the horizon include in-depth coverage of dust control, which will take place on July 21 at 2 p.m. ET. This discussion will examine the various regulations and standards that target dust and dust-collection systems and explore how to handle dusts that potentially pose risk of explosion and fire.
Our Sept. 22 webinar (2 p.m. ET) will cover the topic of process safety. Panelists at this event will offer advice on how to successfully avoid or minimize risks associated with plant operations.
These are just two areas of ChemicalProcessing.com that will make you feel like you have your own brain trust working for you. Be sure to poke around the rest of the site to find other answers. And if you need assistance, don't hesitate to drop me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. If I don't know the answer, I bet I will know where to find it.
Traci Purdum is Chemical Processing's senior digital editor and an avid fan of brain trusts. You can e-mail her at email@example.com.