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  • Avoid blending blunders

    Selecting the correct device is crucial to successfully handling solids. It must deal with discrete pieces that have physical size, electrical properties, frictional differences and surface characteristics that can change with the environment.

    Tom Blackwood, Healthsite Associates
    09/04/2007
  • Equipment & Services: August

    Chemical Processing's Equipment & Services feature provides a variety of production equipment, supplier services and parts.

    08/22/2007
  • Equipment & Services: July

    Chemical Processing's Equipment & Services feature provides a variety of production equipment, supplier services and parts.

    07/24/2007
  • Optimize pump life cycle

    Understanding an operating system reduces costs and improves reliability. Getting the most out of your pump demands a well-thought-out, holistic strategy.

    Tom Carsten and Barry Erickson, Flowserve
    04/30/2007
  • Achieve continuous safety improvement

    Enhancing safety performance requires diligence and unrelenting effort. The Independent Safety Review Panel’s recently released report on the safety culture and practices at BP’s U.S. refineries where a March 2005 explosion occurred in Texas City, Texas indicates similar failings are likely elsewhere in the industry. Learn what can be done to enhance continuous safety improvement.

    Angela Summers, SIS-TECH Solutions
    04/12/2007
  • Waylay weight woes

    Production managers, quality control managers and maintenance engineers alike have encountered weigh cells that never worked properly. Why? Why have so many switched from a supposedly high accuracy load cell solution to old fashioned level probes or sight glasses? This article touches on the worst culprits for problems and how to avoid them.

    Ryan Titmas, product manager, Sartorius North America
    01/08/2007
  • 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
  • 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
  • BP tackles Texas City failings

    British Petroleum's tragic March 2005 explosion has been well-documented through the press. Read here to find out how that tragedy spurred the development of a new program addressing management issues at BP.

    Foster Finley and Karl Roberts, AlixPartners
    04/12/2006
  • Hard lessons worth sharing

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

    Mark Rosenzweig
    01/24/2006
  • 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
  • Take safety up a notch

    There’s still room to improve industry’s good safety performance, says Editor in Chief Mark Rosenzweig in his monthly column. Mechanical integrity programs generally need more attention.

    Mark Rosenzweig, editor in chief
    08/25/2005
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