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  • Raise your guard

    Several factors drive concern for better security on the plant floor. Better technology — including iris scanning — can help you more effectively protect your plant from threats.

    Cliff Kittle
  • The future is in plastics

    Single-use equipment is finding a place in the biopharmaceutical industry. One company has even designed a new bioprocessing facility around the disposable equipment.

    Diane Dierking
  • Adaptive control takes a leap forward

    The next generation of adaptive controllers will identify a process model quickly and automatically and provide process model parameters that can be displayed, trended and diagnosed.

    Gregory K. McMillan, Washington University, Mark S. Sowell, Solutia, and Peter W. Wojsznis, Emerson Process Management
  • Get control of reactor temperatures

    A reader has a plug-flow reactor whose temperature is starting to cycle. The company tried to tuning both controllers but saw no improvement. Read about potential solutions to this reader's problem.

    Diane Dierking, Senior Editor
  • Energy savings are in the air

    Anywhere compressed air can be eliminated represents an opportunity to reduce system operating expenses. Often, this reduction means fewer compressors must operate to meet the plant's air requirements.

    Christopher Schmidt, Mark D'Antonio and Alan MacDougall
  • Take guesswork out of the mix

    Which mixer would be the most efficient, cost-effective, reliable or versatile? Know your options when choosing an in-line or in-tank mixer to suit your application.

    Chris Ryan
  • Manual unloading bites the dust

    Automated bulk-bag dischargers not only cut batching time in half. They also minimize dust and reduce potential harm to those workers who operate the machines.

    David R. Gill
  • Where are chemical engineers headed?

    Will opportunities in today's "hot" sectors , such as pharmaceuticals and biotechnology, among others, allow chemical engineering to continue to thrive?

  • Sidestep side-draw control surprises

    The simplest approach to control side-draw distillation columns uses flow control on the side product. This solution, however, is not ideal for all side-draw control situations.

    Andrew Sloley, contributing editor
  • Motor Selection Made Simple

    Follow these straightforward steps to help you select the right motor for your centrifugal pump

    William McNally
  • 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.

  • Time to prepare for winter

    Winter can hamper delivery of process fluids, but steam tracing can assure smooth operations during cold weather. Here are guidelines for properly designing and installing such tracing.

    Dan Dvorak
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