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  • Support your college

    Academic laurels alone do not guarantee survival, according to Mike Spear in his monthly column.

    Mike Spear
    03/27/2006
  • Thanks for the memories...

    As the end of the year approaches it's always tempting to look back and review what’s happened over the past 12 months. For Mike Spear though, he's about to head off into the welcoming arms of retirement.

    Mike Spear
    12/03/2007
  • Drive up energy efficiency

    The constant-speed approach to AC motors made a lot of sense when energy was cheap and drives technology was in its infancy. With their latest advances, adjustable speed drives can provide one of the best energy efficiency options for a plant.

    Mike Spear, editor at large
    06/16/2005
  • Chemical makers play the power game

    Chemical manufacturers are using a range of strategies to cope with rising power costs. They are relying more on pooling and cogeneration.

    Mike Spear, editor at large
    08/25/2005
  • Today’s China Syndrome

    The country boasts not just booming exports but a strong desire for the best technology.

    Mike Spear, editor at large
    09/27/2005
  • 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
  • Flow metering gets more fluid

    There are more and more funcationalities being added to your most trusted instrumentation. These established technologies have expand their reach and performance.

    Mike Spear, editor at large
    01/09/2006
  • Separations in flux

    Separation processes often account for more than 50 percent of a chemical company's operating costs. Read how membranes and other non-thermal technologies poised to win a wider role.

    Mike Spear, editor at large
    02/15/2006
  • Nanotechnology raises big concerns

    Nanotechnology is grabbing headlines these days and the growing prospects of its use is spurring increasing attention to safety issues. This article examines the worldwide reaction to burgeoning popularity of the technology and what safety concerns are legit.

    Mike Spear, editor at large
    05/25/2006
  • Outsourcing moves up the maintenance ladder

    Outsourcing of non-core operations within a company, large or small, is now a well established corporate strategy. By entrusting services such as IT support, accounting, human resources and other “back office” activities to specialist firms prepared to do the job at an acceptable price, chemical companies can concentrate on their main business — where they are the specialists. That's the theory, at least.

    Mike Spear, editor at large
    05/29/2006
  • Better Design Is No Pipe Dream

    The benefits of using pipeline simulation tools at the piping and instrumentation diagram (P&ID) level, rather than running simulations just on the process flow diagram, can often be overlooked.

    Mike Spear, editor at large
    07/17/2006
  • Try before you buy

    There is another side to toll processing. It involves the companies that arguably have the best possible know-how and hardware — for the simple reason that they are the equipment manufacturers themselves, offering toll processing services that utilize their own products.

    Mike Spear, editor at large
    07/24/2006
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