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  • Avoid the Domino Effect

    Take advantage of a new standard to improve alarm management and enhance plant safety and productivity.

    Nicholas P. Sands, DuPont, and Todd Stauffer, exida
    02/03/2010
  • Assessing risk in risky times

    Risk assessment has been part of the chemical engineering scope for years. The possibilities of an attack might have changed, but the consequences — a runaway reaction, a spill, etc. — are the same.

    Nick Basta
    10/15/2003
  • Safety pros put "SIS" in systems

    While large chemical companies have engaged in rigorous safety analysis for years, the benefits of safety instrumented systems technology are becoming better known to smaller manufacturers.

    Nick Basta
    11/12/2004
  • Lights up on emissions monitoring

    This article takes a new look at optical remote sensing (ORS) technology — which has become simpler, more reliable and more accurate, yet its popularity for monitoring emissions has not grown.

    Nick Basta
    11/01/2004
  • Sealless pumps get their turn

    Cost and design improvements are spurring increasing use, particularly for handling hazardous fluids.

    Nick Basta
    09/16/2004
  • Collaboration extends Its reach

    The step change occurring in engineering technology is being driven by the latest capabilities of design and operating software to exchange these data.

    Nick Basta
    03/31/2004
  • Sites summon specialists

    The recent painful downturn and high energy costs are pushing corporate managers in the chemical industry to do whatever they can to improve company margins.

    Nick Basta
    06/01/2004
  • Chemical market endures the seesaw effect

    U.S. producers see economic growth coming from stronger exports and imports. However, some forecasters say that the long-term trends are less upbeat.

    Nick Basta
    10/07/2004
  • Process engineering: Pneumatic conveying moves ahead

    Pneumatic conveying has long been a popular choice for moving bulk materials. However, the technology hasn't been standing still, and this can influence the choice between several types of pneumatic systems.

    Nick Basta
    04/04/2005
  • Solid Success

    New grinding media and equipment designs enhance the performance of mills and dispersers

    Nick Basta, Contributing Editor
    10/23/2003
  • Double up to contain leaks

    Chemical companies are faced with numerous decisions about how to address a variety of major environmental and safety issues.  Many are finding a simple solution in dual-wall piping systems.

    Nick Basta, editor at large
    12/20/2004
  • Storm Clouds Recede

    The chemical industry is poised for a rebound in 2004, but "restructuring" remains a watchword

    Nick Basta, editor at large
    03/02/2004
  • Research and Development: The Know-How Pinch

    Research and development is a chemical company's most valuable asset. In today's climate, companies must work harder to protect intellectual capital on an international level.

    Nick Basta, editor at large
    03/11/2005
  • 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
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