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  • Don'’t let a start-up finish you off

    Dirk Willard spent years as a "start-up" engineer. He advises that proper planning is crucial for achieving a happy ending.

    Dirk Willard, senior editor
  • Hard lessons worth sharing

    Editor-in-Chief Mark Rosenzweig writes that the causes of two incidents should get attention from other processors.

    Mark Rosenzweig
  • Distillation control and optimization, Part 1

    Control columnist Bela Liptak describes the distillation process and PID-based controls, reviews optimization strategies, and shows how advanced controls can cut operating costs of distillation.

    Béla Lipták, PE, Control Columnist
  • Flow metering gets more fluid

    There are more and more funcationalities being added to your most trusted instrumentation. These established technologies have expand their reach and performance.

    Mike Spear, editor at large
  • Pump Start-Ups

    There are only three things we need to do to start a pump.

    Ross Mackay
  • Maintenance diagnostics get a makeover

    Plants increasingly are outsourcing these vital services, lured by larger vendors and broader capabilities.

    Alan S. Brown, contributing editor
  • Evaluate reactivity with limited resources

    The initial critical steps of reactivity risk reduction need not be expensive, time consuming and require extensive expertise.

    W. J. Rogers, C. Wei and M. S. Mannan, Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center
  • Boost maintenance staff efficiency

    Many plants strive to increase the efficiency of maintenance craftspeople, but find it hard to identify where to focus efforts and how to track progress.

    Timothy J. Finigan, Fluor
  • Joint sealants a viable gasketing option

    While users can now achieve better sealing performance to meet specific needs, the gasket qualification and selection process has become more challenging.

  • Choosing motor controls and drives

    In any industrial control application, using the right drives and motor controls can make or break the project, and also can make a huge difference in how well those applications perform.

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