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  • Pursue the perfect plant

    Look into creating the “perfect plant” by integrating product and operational management into your environment. This provides the ability to respond faster and minimize impact to the business and bottom line, driving increased yields, asset utilization and order fulfillment.

    John Harrison, SAP Canada
  • Eliminate exchanger tubing troubles

    Today, many companies consider coating the inside of carbon steel tubes a best practice for extending the performance and lifecycle of a heat transfer system.

    Edward Curran, Curran International
  • Learning foreign languages can make your job easier

    Don’t build walls, by ignoring foreign languages, says Contributing Editor Dirk Willard, in this month's Field Notes column. Learning foreign languages can make your job easier.

    Dirk Willard, contributing editor
  • Do some heavy thinking about light loads

    Cutting steam demand can get you into hot water, advises Contributing Editor Andrew W. Sloley, contributing editor, in this month's Plant InSites column.

    Andrew W. Sloley, contributing editor
  • EPA assesses link to greenhouse gases

    Steps taken during manufacturing can significantly impact landfill emissions, advises Lynn Bergeson, regulatory editor, in this month's Compliance Advisor column.

    Lynn Bergeson, regulatory editor
  • Rethink your approach to process safety

    Place more emphasis on avoiding hazards rather than just controlling them. Process risk reduction can involve limiting the likelihood of potential accidents or cutting their consequences.

    Dennis C. Hendershot, Chilworth Technology Inc.
  • Tiny particles are drawing big interest

    Regulatory Editor Lynn Bergeson discusses how a voluntary program aims at responsible development of nanotechnology in this month's Compliance Advisor column.

    Lynn Bergeson, regulatory editor
  • Tackle organizational obstacles

    For energy cost control, aptitude plus operational style equals results, advises Contributing Editor Christopher Russell, in this month's Energy Saver column.

    Christopher Russell, contributing editor
  • Know when to call for help

    Sometimes a construction manager is a necessary evil, says Dirk Williard, in this month's Field Notes column.

  • New seals get their turn

    As pressure rises on plants to improve productivity and equipment reliability levels, seals and gaskets are being called upon to provide even better performance. Their challenge no longer is simply to prevent leaks but also to play an important role in the life-cycle management of the plant.

    Mike Spear, editor at large
  • Face energy challenges like a frontiersman

    Be both a hunter and a farmer of energy management, advises Contributing Editor Christopher Russell, in this month's Energy Saver column.

    Christopher Russell, contributing editor
  • Wireless finds its calling

    For maintenance and condition-monitoring, wireless technology offers much more than just reducing or eliminating costs. However, wireless also requires an integrated infrastructure approach rather than independent, proprietary point solutions.

  • More about cost estimating process analyzer projects

    Gary Nichols concludes his series on the proper design and project management of process analyzer systems, this time addressing estimate accuracy and cost by project stage and work breakdown structure.

    Gary D. Nichols, PE, Principal Control Systems Engineer, Jacobs Engineering Group
  • Dow engineer wins the 3rd annual Plant Innovation Award

    This year’s award goes to Bridget Schoonover, senior improvement specialist for Dow in Freeport, Texas, who led a team that validated and implemented a solution to a source of lost revenue at the plant: a waste stream.

    Dirk Willard, senior editor
  • Combat contamination

    Consider the impact of slope, fittings and valves. Plants can lose sizable amounts of money each year because of contamination caused in process lines. Owners and contractors alike can take steps in the design and construction phase to enhance the drainability and cleanability of a system.

    Michael Bridge, Swagelok Company
  • Energy management boosts competitiveness

    Energy Saver columnist Christopher Russell advises that you consider all the motives and rewards for managing plant-wide energy consumption.

    Christopher Russell
  • Make sure you’ve got a good flange match

    Standard large-diameter flanges don’t necessarily mate. Andrew Sloley provides insight in this month's Plant Insites column.

    Andrew Sloley, contributing editor
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