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  • Properly deliver compressed gases

    From large petrochemical units to tiny pharmaceutical pilot plants, day-to-day operations depend upon providing compressed gases in a controlled, safe and environmentally conscious manner. Correct gas handling also can improve process efficiency.

    Larry Gallagher, CONCOA
    05/08/2007
  • Strike the Right Balance

    Make the walk-through your first line of defense, advises Dirk Willard in this month's Field Notes column.

    Dirk Willard, senior editor
    04/30/2007
  • Dow aims to gas up methane conversion efforts

    Mike Spear, editor at large discusses how researchers can submit simple proposals but must forego royalties in this month's End Point column.

    Mike Spear, editor at large
    04/24/2007
  • Choose the right fluid for your pressure test

    Compressed gas often makes the most sense for checking a process, according to Senior Editor Dirk Willard, in this month's Field Notes column.

    Dirk Willard, senior editor
    04/12/2007
  • 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
  • Get full value from partial stroking

    There are two main drivers for partial stroking of valves in safety systems: the desire to extend manual test intervals to as long as possible; and to reduce the amount of redundant hardware required for higher safety integrity levels. Like most things in life, it all boils down to one thing: trying to save money.

    Paul Gruhn, ICS Triplex
    03/20/2007
  • Tips and traps

    Following some partial stroke testing tips can make the process easier. Read on for more tips.

    Paul Gruhn, ICS Triplex
    03/20/2007
  • The evolution of plant automation

    Understanding the purpose of control and safety systems helps users ensure each is appropriately optimized. The duties of the SIS are to protect the people, environment and assets against unsafe conditions.

    Angela Summers, PhD, PE, founder of SIS-TECH Solutions
    03/03/2007
  • The chemical industry needs fresh eyes

    Team looking at BP’s safety failings benefited from its diverse membership. Editor Mark Rosenzweig interviews panel member Dennis Hendershot for an insider's perspective.

    Mark Rosenzweig, editor in chief
    01/30/2007
  • Vehicle emissions case promises broad impact

    A Supreme Court ruling could affect voluntary efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, according to Mike Spear, editor at large, in his monthly End Point column.

    Mike Spear, editor at large
    01/08/2007
  • Gas up your sealing knowledge

    As users become more familiar with gas seal technology and its advantages, gas seals are being applied to a wider variety of applications and equipment than ever before. As the seals gain in popularity — know their advantages and disadvantages.

    Scott Boyson, Chesterton
    12/05/2006
  • Piping for toxic and hazardous gases

    When processes change and plants need to install any of several types of ultra-high-purity process gases, specifying an appropriate piping system is crucial. Learn about a sound system design that maximizes efficiency, purity and safety.

    Jeffrey S. Close
    09/11/2006
  • Twisting the dragon's tail

    Complacency is a problem when violating safety rules has no repercussions.

    Dirk Willard, senior editor
    08/18/2006
  • Keeping safety on the right track

    The chemical industry has, in general, an amazingly good track record on safety. Outside of those plants, however, can be another story.

    Mike Spear, editor at large
    08/17/2006
  • Questions about gloves link to work safety

    The proper hand protection plays a tremendous role in keeping plant workers safe. This article answers questions often posed by workers and managers about hand protection products, their applications and limitations.

    Nelson Schlatter, Ansell
    04/20/2006
  • 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
  • Safeguard plant safety

    The worst thing that can happen at your plant is that an employee suffers a serious injury from a preventable accident. Follow some proven maintenance pointers to keep operations safe.

    Joe Kaulfersch, Pepperl+Fuchs
    01/23/2006
  • Making safety a sure thing

    Only experience can prove that safety systems will work when they have to.

    Mike Spear, editor at large
    11/27/2005
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