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  • Maintenance diagnostics get a makeover

    Plants increasingly are outsourcing these vital services, lured by larger vendors and broader capabilities.

    Alan S. Brown, contributing editor
    12/12/2005
  • Design methods for reflux condensers

    Reflux condensers have become increasingly important to eliminate condensable organic components from plant off-gas streams and meet environmental requirements. Recognizing this need, HTRI conducted an experimental and analytical study in the late 90s to predict flooding, as well as heat transfer and pressure drop in vertical intube reflux condensers.

    Zhi Hua (Frank) Yang
    12/01/2005
  • Vaaler Award Winners

    Editor in Chief Mark Rosenzweig congratulates the winners for CP's annual Vaaler awards, given to the products and services that most improve the operations and economics of plants.

    Mark Rosenzweig
    11/27/2005
  • Evaluate reactivity with limited resources

    The initial critical steps of reactivity risk reduction need not be expensive, time consuming and require extensive expertise.

    W. J. Rogers, C. Wei and M. S. Mannan, Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center
    11/27/2005
  • EPA seeks to reduce TRI reporting burden

    The EPA has proposed a new act in regards to reducing Toxics Release Inventory (TRI). Read here to get the details on how it might affect your plant.

    Lynn Bergeson, regulatory editor
    11/27/2005
  • Dig Deeper to Find More Capacity

    Pipeline simulation software can uncover hidden causes of capacity bottlenecks.

    Todd J. Willman, EPCON International, Reuben Gates, Shell Chemical LP, and Mark Haboian, Eastman Kodak Co.
    11/09/2005
  • An MES Reality Check

    Simple survey methodology may be used to determine real-dollar ROI for MES platforms.

    11/09/2005
  • The Synergy of Simulation, Experimentation and Technical Support Activities in a Research Consortium

    For the business of designing process heat exchangers, computational fluid dynamics (CFD) tools are still not practical for everyday use. However, in a research consortium such as HTRI, integrating advanced analysis tools like CFD with industrial-sized experimentation and then applying them to real-world technical problems provides a significant synergistic benefit to the consortium members.

    Kevin J. Farrell
    11/06/2005
  • Boost maintenance staff efficiency

    Many plants strive to increase the efficiency of maintenance craftspeople, but find it hard to identify where to focus efforts and how to track progress.

    Timothy J. Finigan, Fluor
    10/25/2005
  • Optimize Water Use

    Four major drivers are spurring increasing interest in optimizing water use.

    Tabatha Pellerin and John Woodhull, ENSR International
    10/25/2005
  • 10 principles for securing control systems

    KEMA Consultant Jay Abshier takes an unbiased and highly detailed look at where plant security really is, and what is being done to better protect our process automation systems and infrastructure. Print page Email page 10 principles for securing control systems KEMA Consultant Jay Abshier takes an unbiased and highly detailed look at where plant security really is, and what is being done to better protect our process automation systems and infrastructure.

    10/25/2005
  • Joint sealants a viable gasketing option

    While users can now achieve better sealing performance to meet specific needs, the gasket qualification and selection process has become more challenging.

    10/18/2005
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