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  • Wireless proponents take HART

    More chemical plants are expected to go wireless with the introduction of the new wireless protocol for HART devices.

    C. Kenna Amos, contributing editor
    09/06/2007
  • Succeed at Simulation

    The “Seven rules for successful simulation” need to be revisited and revised because of advancements in computers. Simulations that once took weeks to compute an answer now take mere hours.

    Cliff Knight, KnightHawk Engineering
    09/06/2007
  • Plug cyber-security gaps

    With the new “high risk chemical facilities” federal anti-terrorism regulations, it’s time for the chemical industry to ratchet up its cyber-security efforts. There’s a surge in interest in cyber-subjects such as security certification, defense-in-depth strategies, risk-based planning and improved policies and procedures.

    Seán Ottewell, contributing editor
    08/31/2007
  • Distillation, Part 5: Multiple Products

    In Part 5 of this series on distillation control and optimization, we find that adding a side-stream component to your process gives an additional degree of freedom, but makes it even more essential to not mismatch the variables.

    08/28/2007
  • China teems with harmful exports

    Problems with Chinese manufacturing go well beyond defective and dangerous products, Mark Rosenzweig, editor in chief, notes in this month's installment of From the Editor.

    Mark Rosenzweig, Editor in Chief
    08/28/2007
  • Don’t get zapped by spark testing

    Understand the intricacies of checking for defects in a liner, advises Dirk Willard, contributing editor, in this month's Field Notes column.

    Dirk Willard, contributing editor
    08/28/2007
  • 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
    08/28/2007
  • Equipment & Services: August

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

    08/22/2007
  • Know where to go for know-how

    Live auctions can liven up the buying and selling of intellectual property, says Mike Spears, in this month's End Point column.

    Mike Spear, editor at large
    08/20/2007
  • Don’t look at precondensers in a vacuum

    Consider the impact of the downstream vacuum ejector on precondenser performance, advises Andrew Sloley, in this month's Plant InSites column.

    Andrew W. Sloley, contributing editor
    08/20/2007
  • Know when to call for help

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

    08/20/2007
  • 10 Tips for Success

    Paying attention to the following points can ease implementing and improving critical plant procedures:

    Patrick Kelly, Honeywell Process Solutions
    08/01/2007
  • Help Your Operators

    Automating procedures within control systems can serve to make your operators more effective and more consistent. With studies showing more than 40% of all plant incidents stemming from some form of human error, it makes sense to give automation a larger role in day-to-day operations.

    Patrick Kelly, Honeywell Process Solutions
    08/01/2007
  • Sleep with the enemy

    Stop fighting environmentalists and embrace them because it’s good for the planet and business. The challenge for the chemical industry is to win support in the court of public opinion before building or expansion plans run into trouble. And the key to that lies in a company’s willingness to understand the complex and sometimes conflicting motives of opposition groups and to communicate effectively to all constituencies.

    Alan Metrick, Alan Metrick Communications
    07/24/2007
  • Better water technology is on tap

    The drought in many parts of the U.S. so far this summer points out the preciousness of water supplies. There’s greater demand for waste-minimization and recycle-and-reuse technologies as well as more awareness of utility usage and the impact of life-cycle costs on water-treatment operations. Here’s a look at new technologies that will help.

    C. Kenna Amos, contributing editor
    07/24/2007
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