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  • The economic sky turns cloudy

    Experts forecast modest economic growth at best. The global economy is slowing, led by a pronounced weakness in the United States resulting from the housing downturn and the credit crunch. And this, of course, will significantly impact the chemical industry.

    Seán Ottewell, editor at large
    01/24/2008
  • Avoid costly materials mistakes

    Common oversights keep plants from getting the most reliable and suitable vessels.

    Chip Eskridge, Jacobs, Steve Zoller, Enerfab, and Mike James, DuPont
    01/15/2008
  • Product stewardship grows globally

    Product stewardship is more essential today than ever before. Globally, stewardship initiatives, whether mandatory or voluntary, are emerging with regularity, and their significance should neither be ignored nor underestimated. Here’s why.

    Lynn Bergeson
    01/07/2008
  • 2007 Vaaler Awards

    Three developments earn Vaaler Awards for their value to the chemical industry. They bested a large number of entries, based on their technological significance, novelty or uniqueness, and breadth of application.

    Mark Rosenzweig, Editor in Chief
    01/03/2008
  • Build reliability in during design

    Instrumentation that promises to improve reliability may not always be what they seem. You have to consider whether a site can properly maintain sophisticated instruments.

    Dirk Willard
    12/19/2007
  • Service Plant Soon?

    EAM is different from industry to industry. Just what is enterprise asset management?

    12/19/2007
  • Take equipment diagnostics to a new level

    Many of the effects of machine degradation are avoidable, so being able to identify struggling equipment at an early stage is essential to renewing its productivity. Advances in performance monitoring can provide critical insights.

    Todd Anderson
    12/03/2007
  • The Invisible Threat

    Many users don’t trust an industrial wireless network solution. Some concerns are real. Most are ethereal. It’s important to know the differences.

    11/16/2007
  • 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
    11/14/2007
  • Carefully check vendor references

    Determine the differences between a cited installation and yours, Andrew Sloley, contributing editor, says in this month's Plant InSites column.

    Andrew Sloley, contributing editor
    10/30/2007
  • PAT isn’t standing pat

    Traditional laboratory-based analytical techniques more and more are moving online and even being replaced by the virtual analysis offered by soft sensors and inferential measurements.

    Mike Spear, editor at large
    10/30/2007
  • Portable conveyor speeds paint production

    Unit ensures a consistent flow of soft acrylic powder without lumps or sticking, improving the production of thermoplastic paint.

    Michel Podevyn, Spiroflow Systems, Inc.
    10/30/2007
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