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  • Mind Mixer Mechanical Design

    While most mixers can provide a long service life — for instance, some are still operating after more than 30 years — mechanical problems can shorten life or even break parts. In this article, learn about all the mechanical problems that may befall your mixing equipment.

    David S. Dickey, MixTech, Inc.
    04/18/2006
  • Keep measurements on the level

    Changes in liquid densities can throw off readings. Plants commonly rely on differential pressure (DP) cells to measure level. Read this month's Plant InSites for advice on how to solve these level problems.

    Andrew Sloley, contributing editor
    04/17/2006
  • Soft sensors win hard jobs

    Virtual instruments are gaining increasing roles — and capabilities — for closed-loop process control.

    C. Kenna Amos, contributing editor
    01/04/2006
  • Don't Let Phase Changes Faze You

    Phase changes in the downstream processing or handling of solids cause many process problems that have inexpensive solutions.

    Tom Blackwood, Healthsite Associates LLC
    10/04/2005
  • Today’s China Syndrome

    The country boasts not just booming exports but a strong desire for the best technology.

    Mike Spear, editor at large
    09/27/2005
  • Build up agglomerate quality

    Several easy-to-use indices related to material flow properties can help to predict and improve an agglomeration process and product quality.

    Kristin O’Quest and Lee Dudley, Diamondback Technology, Inc.
    08/31/2005
  • Innovative corrosion monitoring solutions enhance process optimization

    Sensors now can provide data on both general and localized corrosion that allow corrosion to be treated as a real-time process variable. Using such data effectively can play an important role in optimizing plant operations.

    Dawn C Eden, David A Eden and Russell D Kane, InterCorr International, Inc., Houston, Texas
    08/16/2005
  • Don'’t Get Mixed Up By Scale-Up

    Use this systematic approach to successfully scale-up mixing processes even without geometric similarity.

    David S. Dickey, MixTech, Inc.
    08/04/2005
  • Powder Handling: How to Reduce Caking Problems

    This web-exclusive article from Diamondback Technology identifies the most common caking mechanisms and how to solve the problem through reduction.

    Diamondback Technology
    07/05/2005
  • Avoid confusion with air injection for fine powders

    Fine powders often need air injection to increase flow rates to an acceptable level. With entrained or injected air, powders flow like water, but when deaerated, the extremely low flow rate may be confused with a hang-up or arching condition.

    06/01/2005
  • Process manufacturing: No transfer required

    As the pharmaceutical industry has matured, concerns about the safe handling of drug compounds during the manufacturing process have increased. To meet exposure limits and protect batches from any kind of contamination, the industry’s need for improved containment has increased.

    Diane Dierking
    05/04/2005
  • Process engineering: Doing your level best

    Plant engineers who find it is difficult to get good level measurements have plenty of company. A recent poll shows that it is considered to be one of the two most vexing problems by process automation professionals.

    04/08/2005
  • 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
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