Outsourcing of non-core operations within a company, large or small, is now a well established corporate strategy. By entrusting services such as IT support, accounting, human resources and other back office activities to specialist firms prepared to do the job at an acceptable price, chemical companies can concentrate on their main business where they are the specialists. That's the theory, at least.
A recent poll provides an industrial perspective and points up its troubling implications. As many universities are discovering, science and technology arent as popular as they once were. It's your job to spread the word, however small.
Author: Mike Spear, editor at large, Hertfordshire, U.K.
Residue curve mapping is a powerful tool to better understand the design and operation of distillation columns. This article describes how to use residue curve maps to check the feasibility of separation of homogeneous mixtures and for developing the conceptual design of towers.
No manufacturers claim, third-party analysis or certification report reduces the users responsibility for determining that a product is fit for its purpose. Make sure to properly balance analysis and testing information with field experience.
Author: Angela E. Summers and Susan Wiley, SIS-TECH Solutions, LP
Chemical Processing's Plant Innovation Award recognizes ordinary engineers for solving difficult technical problems with creativity and dogged determination. Praxair's Geismar plant gains this year's honor for optimizing the performance of reforming units.
Chemical processors face significant challenges in controlling fugitive emissions. The emissions escape from valves, compressors, pumps, piping components, etc. It is a difficult task, but necessary to avoid penalties and other liability.
Theres no simple solution to achieving accurate temperature measurement. Its a combination of knowing the inherent accuracy of particular sensor types, and how environmental factors can create further measurement uncertainty and the sensor calibration techniques available to reduce this uncertainty.
Author: Cal Swanson, Watlow Electric Manufacturing Co.
The proper hand protection plays a tremendous role in keeping plant workers safe. This article answers questions often posed by workers and managers about hand protection products, their applications and limitations.
British Petroleum's tragic March 2005 explosion has been well-documented through the press. Read here to find out how that tragedy spurred the development of a new program addressing management issues at BP.
Author: Foster Finley and Karl Roberts, AlixPartners
PIPs 10th Annual Conference New Tools New Realities will be held on Tuesday, April 25, 2006 in Houston, Texas. The one-day conference will include presentations, a demonstration from key industry leaders, several workshops, and award activities to recognize contributions from PIP Member Companies participants.
Pipe strain can cause premature failure of pumps. This can frequently be absorbed by a flexible pipe coupling... but only if that pipe coupling is properly installed. Merely putting it into the line without any support, will not achieve any significant relief from the pipe strain. In order to protect the pump against the pipe strain, it must be anchored.