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  • Drive up energy efficiency

    The constant-speed approach to AC motors made a lot of sense when energy was cheap and drives technology was in its infancy. With their latest advances, adjustable speed drives can provide one of the best energy efficiency options for a plant.

    Mike Spear, editor at large
    06/16/2005
  • Barriers to Industrial Energy Cost Control: The Competitor Within

    The Alliance to Save Energy conducts ongoing research of “the competitor within,” a.k.a. organizational barriers to energy efficiency. The barriers to energy management are rooted in the very complexity of modern organizations. Communications and incentives are the key to overcoming these barriers.

    Christopher Russell, Director, Industry Sector
    06/08/2005
  • Process manufacturing: No transfer required

    As the pharmaceutical industry has matured, concerns about the safe handling of drug compounds during the manufacturing process have increased. To meet exposure limits and protect batches from any kind of contamination, the industry’s need for improved containment has increased.

    Diane Dierking
    05/04/2005
  • How Do You Train a Process Manufacturing Plant Operator?

    Sybron Chemicals had the right idea when it sought to properly document the procedures for its wastewater treatment plant. The first step for improving both employee and plant efficiency is to have an up-to-date plant manual.

    William Biach, Biach Information Arts
    03/11/2005
  • Tackle tough separations

    There are a plethora of devices in the marketplace that are designed to improve separation and thus improve product efficiency.  Learn how to determine which one is ideal for each particular process application.

    Thomas H. Wines, Pall Corp.
    02/18/2005
  • Chemical industry: Competing with the "China price"

    Chinese producers are consistently offering materials that are cheaper than most American and European producers. This influx of lower cost supplies is threatening the welfare of some domestic plants. How are these American plants dealing with the issue? Voice your opinion on how you'd deal with it with our online poll inside the story.

    Bernie Price, Polaris Veritas Inc.
    02/18/2005
  • Chemical industry: Making the dragon go "puff"

    The global chemicals business is changing as Asian countries, particularly China, are experiencing an explosive growth in economy. What can American chemical businesses do to compete with this new giant in the industry?

    Mark Rosenzweig, editor in chief
    02/18/2005
  • Become a more efficient chemical plant employee

    Plant employees aren't all that different from plant equipment. Both need to be efficient without being over-worked. This article details the things you can do to be more effective at your job.

    Sandy Baker, P.E., Exceedance
    02/15/2005
  • Make a new plan, Stan

    Senior Editor Diane Dierking suggests that you should look into taking a class in the new year.  Many employers offer tuition reimbursement and often these classes are very helpful.

    Diane Dierking, Senior Editor
    01/19/2005
  • Ph Sensor Neutralizes Gas Scrubber Operation

    There seems to always be a better way to meet regulatory requirements, enhance productivity and lower costs. A new pH sensor may help meet all three goals.

    Paul Aloia, Summit Controls Inc.
    01/18/2005
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