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  • Preheater points out the value of cooling off

    Lack of attention to detail in conceptual design can hide many sins. Put the problem aside and then ponder it again. A fresh look may lead to an even better solution.

    05/12/2004
  • The Bioproducts Crescendo Builds

    Market forecasts for bioproducts are upbeat. One even predicts that industrial biotechnology will be a $160 billion global business by 2010. Industrial biotechnology first took off in the early 1980s; what gives today's activity a buzz of excitement is the repeat of something else from that era: high energy prices.

    03/03/2004
  • An alternative check

    Readers offer tips about reliable alternatives to conventional check valves. Suggestions include using a fluidic check valve, switching to a U-trap, using a standpipes putting two check valves in the series and changing position relative to the ground.

    09/16/2004
  • How to prevent a valve from sticking

    Members of the chemical-processing industry address the question posed by a reader of Chemical Processing magazine: What is causing the valves to stick? Possible causes offered include undersize actuators and fluctuations in the plant air supply.

    07/01/2004
  • Test for success

    The best hopper is the least expensive one that consistently provides the required solids flow. A few simple indices can pinpoint potential solids flow problems and help optimize design.

    10/08/2004
  • Pack your bags

    As career opportunities dwindle at home, it may be time to look abroad

    12/06/2004
  • Achieve total productive maintenance

    In order to achieve all the benefits of a total productive maintenance program, you have to start with autonomous maintenance and a CMMS.  This can lead to maximum equipment effectiveness through the elimination of defects, downtime, slowdown, and so on.

    01/28/2005
  • Are you up to snuff with S84 and OSHA?

    Check your safety systems liability at the door. Choosing to ignore S84 standards could put your company on a collision course with OSHA and consequently open you up to criminal liability.

    12/28/2004
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