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  • Rise to the challenge of global legislation

    Despite having a parliament that regularly shuttles itself, lock, stock and ballot box, for four days each month between Brussels, Belgium, and Strasbourg, France, the European Union (EU) still manages to put out an amazing amount of legislation.

    Mike Spear, editor at large
    10/24/2006
  • Industry tackles a grave issue

    End-of-life and other product stewardship initiatives will impact chemical plants. An agreement to lessen the environmental impact of chemicals production will have global ramifications. Meanwhile, European end-of-life directives on electrical and electronic equipment already are having a worldwide effect.

    Mike Spear, editor at large
    10/24/2006
  • Industry can do well by doing good

    Ignoring climate change could eventually damage economic growth, according to an authoritative report, says Mike Spear, editor at large, in this month's End Point column. Read more on the economics of climate change.

    Mike Spear, editor at large
    11/29/2006
  • Chemical industry sees green

    Developments target economics, not just environmental benefits. While pollution prevention was the original goal of green chemistry, today’s efforts promise to have a substantial economic impact.

    Mike Spear, editor at large
    01/03/2007
  • 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
  • Where is wireless going?

    Increasing interest will translate into far more monitoring applications. The worldwide market for wireless technology will grow 26% annually over the next few years, forecasts the ARC Advisory Group. Vendors are responding and key concerns are being addressed.

    Mike Spear, editor at large
    01/11/2007
  • Energy Savings Pick up Steam

    More attention to steam systems and trap monitoring provides big benefits. At most chemical plants, plant management and operators face increasing pressures to improve the energy efficiency of their processes, so they should see how they can save on steam.

    Mike Spear, editor at large
    01/30/2007
  • Plants get help in boosting reliability

    More and more companies are placing greater emphasis on maintenance and seeking help from vendors to boost the effectiveness of their efforts, as some recent major investment decisions demonstrate. Many automation companies now are benefiting by building up asset management services alongside process control capabilities.

    Mike Spear, editor at large
    02/26/2007
  • Remember the basics of maintenance

    Despite the “buzz” about asset management systems don’t forget the “oilers”, advises Mike Spear, in this month's End Point column.

    Mike Spear, editor at large
    03/01/2007
  • What’s in the air for continuous emissions monitoring?

    More attention to mercury and increased acceptance of predictive approaches is emerging. Such monitoring not only can keep plants on the right side of regulators but also can help provide insights for optimizing operation of equipment.

    Mike Spear, editor at large
    04/13/2007
  • 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
  • Gamma scanning seeks an inside edge

    Many companies decide not to build up certain capabilities in-house mainly because they don’t have sufficient regular demand for them. Gamma scanning of distillation columns is a case in point, but on-site scanning specialists may be the wave of the future.

    Mike Spear, editor at large
    05/08/2007
  • New seals get their turn

    As pressure rises on plants to improve productivity and equipment reliability levels, seals and gaskets are being called upon to provide even better performance. Their challenge no longer is simply to prevent leaks but also to play an important role in the life-cycle management of the plant.

    Mike Spear, editor at large
    07/24/2007
  • Get your message across very fast

    Blink and you might miss it, but sponsoring an IndyCar makes sound sense, says Mike Spear, in this month's End Point column.

    Mike Spear, editor at large
    07/24/2007
  • Know where to go for know-how

    Live auctions can liven up the buying and selling of intellectual property, says Mike Spears, in this month's End Point column.

    Mike Spear, editor at large
    08/20/2007
  • Diagnostics dig deeper

    Today’s plants come ready equipped with their own team of doctors in the shape of the many diagnostic and monitoring systems incorporated into instrumentation and other process equipment. And, like any good doctor, today’s plant diagnostics can look beyond the symptoms of poorly performing instruments and provide insights into the health of the process itself.

    Mike Spear, editor at large
    08/20/2007
  • It’s a slow road to alternative energy

    Government delays force BP to pull plug on a carbon dioxide project, reports Mike Spears, editor at large, in this month's End Point column.

    Mike Spear, editor at large
    10/01/2007
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