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  • 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
  • The Ch in ChE stands for “Changing”

    Chemical engineers know all about the laws of supply and demand. After all, the chemical industry, which historically has employed the bulk of chemical engineers, is cyclical.

    Mike Spear, editor at large
    08/28/2006
  • The chemical industry needs fresh eyes

    Team looking at BP’s safety failings benefited from its diverse membership. Editor Mark Rosenzweig interviews panel member Dennis Hendershot for an insider's perspective.

    Mark Rosenzweig, editor in chief
    01/30/2007
  • The DCS spirit lives on everywhere

    Classic distributed control systems typically remain only in high-availability refining and power applications, but their strategies and capabilities persist in descendants and today’s sophisticated networks.

    Jim Montague, Executive Editor
    02/09/2007
  • The economic sky turns cloudy

    Experts forecast modest economic growth at best. The global economy is slowing, led by a pronounced weakness in the United States resulting from the housing downturn and the credit crunch. And this, of course, will significantly impact the chemical industry.

    Seán Ottewell, editor at large
    01/24/2008
  • The environment and the next four years

    What does Bush’;s reelection mean? Expect more of the same policies, but also some new faces at EPA. The wildcards are the role of third-party activists and the identification of priorities.

    Lynn Bergeson
    12/06/2004
  • The evolution of plant automation

    Understanding the purpose of control and safety systems helps users ensure each is appropriately optimized. The duties of the SIS are to protect the people, environment and assets against unsafe conditions.

    Angela Summers, PhD, PE, founder of SIS-TECH Solutions
    03/03/2007
  • The Evolution of the Process Control Engineer

    We’ve come a long way from the days when refinery operators used flaming arrows to relight their flare systems, but even bigger changes may be ahead.

    Ian Nimmo, Control Global
    12/09/2008
  • The FRETT approach to pump problems

    Some U.S. oil refineries repair their centrifugal pumps every three years while other refineries enjoy an average repair interval of 10 years. Learn about the highest-performing refineries and other petrochemical companies that have significantly reduced pump failures, and how you can obtain the same results.

    Heinz P. Bloch, P.E.
    10/16/2006
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