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  • Chemical plant site security enters the next phase

    With the last of mandated security deadlines now approaching, plants ponder future steps.  Read about all of the improvements and procedural changes that have already occurred and find out what might be next for your plant's security plan.

    Nick Basta, editor at large
    02/10/2005
  • Process engineering: Fieldbus is here - are you ready?

    Digital-based protocols, such as those used by fieldbus technology, are finding their way into a wider range of plant automation technologies. Read about the Fieldbus Foundation and how its technology can be implemented at your plant.

    Joe Conklin, Fieldbus Foundation
    02/10/2005
  • Mixing moves osmosis technology forward

    U.S. soldiers get drinking water via the first forward-osmosis membrane, which is made possible by high-shear mixing. The process is spontaneous and requires no moving parts or special expertise.

    Doug Cohen
    02/07/2005
  • Prevent fine powder flushing

    Trapped air can cause fine powders to shoot through cracks and crevices. Here's how to eliminate this bin-afflicting problem.

    Lee Dudley, Diamondback Technology
    02/06/2005
  • Process Engineering: Looking for good data?

    Are you experiencing problems with measurement uncertainty and are often left with poor data? Let Dr. Gooddata help you develop objective numerical tests for good data.

    Ronald H. Dieck, Ron Dieck Associates Inc.
    02/04/2005
  • Properly introduce solids into a flowing gas stream

    Particulate solids are often required to be introduced into a flowing gas stream. If not done correctly, introduction of solids into the gas stream can lead to impingement of solids on the pipe, resulting in erosion of the pipe in the area of the solids introduction.

    01/31/2005
  • Achieve total productive maintenance

    In order to achieve all the benefits of a total productive maintenance program, you have to start with autonomous maintenance and a CMMS.  This can lead to maximum equipment effectiveness through the elimination of defects, downtime, slowdown, and so on.

    01/28/2005
  • Engineering certification: License to engineer

    The bar is constantly being raised for licensed professionals and its important for engineers to stay up-to-date on certification changes. If not, you might be left without the proper accredidation for your job.

    Lisa Greenberg, managing editor
    01/28/2005
  • Chemicals get a bad reaction in Washington

    Accidents and deaths have not been enough to spur regulatory change under the Bush administration.  There have been 167 accidents in the past two decades, and 108 people were killed in 48 of the incidents.

    Lynn Bergeson, regulatory editor
    01/28/2005
  • Process Engineering: Pumping Efficiently

    Inefficient pumps can increase maintenance as well as energy costs.  Are you doing everything you can do to make sure your plant is running as efficiently as possible? 

    01/21/2005
  • Process engineering: Doing your level best

    Level measurement can be a simple issue with numerous solutions.  Measuring the height of the material in a vessel is merely an interface issue that can be resolved in a variety of ways.

    01/21/2005
  • Process management: Raise an alarm about alarms

    Sure, having more alarms is a plus if they contribute to better plant operation.  But nowadays, more and more plants have numerous alarms that are causing more trouble than they are worth.

    Mark Rosenzweig, Editor-in-Chief
    01/19/2005
  • Toll manufacturers serve a changing market

    Custom chemical manufacturers anticipate increasing output this year but must contend with high domestic costs and rising imports.  Each type of chemical manufacturer has a different strategy for dealing with these issues.

    Nick Basta, editor at large
    01/19/2005
  • Make a new plan, Stan

    Senior Editor Diane Dierking suggests that you should look into taking a class in the new year.  Many employers offer tuition reimbursement and often these classes are very helpful.

    Diane Dierking, Senior Editor
    01/19/2005
  • Process Engineering: Batch control sets the standard

    It has been nearly a decade since the Instrumentation, Systems and Automation Society (ISA) introduced S88, its first standard for batch control systems.  Its still integral in optimizing operations today.

    01/19/2005
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