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  • Tiny reactors aim for big role

    Process Intensification (PI) has promised many things but has it fulfilled its promises? When looking at reactor technology, the answer is a definite “Yes.”

    Rocky Costello, R. C. Costello & Associates, Inc.
    11/29/2006
  • Avoid trouble with slurries

    Handling slurries (a mix of solids and liquids), should be based on experience and experiments, not theory. Much of the knowledge obtained from pneumatic conveyors and fluidization systems can be used in understanding slurries.

    Thomas R. Blackwood, Healthsite Associates
    11/01/2006
  • Innovations in batching, dosing and weighing

    Challenges brought on by new regulations and technical problems for batching, dosing and weighing have pushed users to find some innovative and surprising solutions beyond our own industry.

    09/05/2006
  • Keeping safety on the right track

    The chemical industry has, in general, an amazingly good track record on safety. Outside of those plants, however, can be another story.

    Mike Spear, editor at large
    08/17/2006
  • Spot problems with adsorbents

    The longer-than-expected life of an adsorbent points up the need to always assess the consequences of system additions. While sometimes this may involve detailed calculations, simply looking to the laws of physics can eliminate potential headaches.

    Andrew Sloley, contributing editor and Bruce Veale
    08/14/2006
  • Level transmitter — art not science

    There is much more to setting up a transmitter than a mere equation. Design and control errors can certainly compromise performance. Follow these simple tricks to get it right.

    Dirk Willard
    06/13/2006
  • Get a handle on solids’ flow

    Properly accounting for how bulk solids actually will flow in a vessel or overall process can be crucial for successful operations. Learning some simple parameters can often provide a good sense of flowability.

    Don McGlinchey, Glasgow Caledonian University
    05/22/2006
  • Mind Mixer Mechanical Design

    While most mixers can provide a long service life — for instance, some are still operating after more than 30 years — mechanical problems can shorten life or even break parts. In this article, learn about all the mechanical problems that may befall your mixing equipment.

    David S. Dickey, MixTech, Inc.
    04/18/2006
  • What does EPA have in store?

    Don’t expect any major changes in U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations during 2006. Here’s a summary of trends and developments anticipated this year.

    Lynn Bergeson, regulatory editor
    02/17/2006
  • Oil refinery minimizes manual tank measurements

    The strategy was to enhance plant profitability, increase throughput capacity, upgrade product yields and improve on-stream reliability. Read here to find out what they accomplished.

    Sean Leonard, Matrikon
    02/10/2006
  • Don't Let Phase Changes Faze You

    Phase changes in the downstream processing or handling of solids cause many process problems that have inexpensive solutions.

    Tom Blackwood, Healthsite Associates LLC
    10/04/2005
  • Build up agglomerate quality

    Several easy-to-use indices related to material flow properties can help to predict and improve an agglomeration process and product quality.

    Kristin O’Quest and Lee Dudley, Diamondback Technology, Inc.
    08/31/2005
  • Don'’t Get Mixed Up By Scale-Up

    Use this systematic approach to successfully scale-up mixing processes even without geometric similarity.

    David S. Dickey, MixTech, Inc.
    08/04/2005
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