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  • Don’t look at precondensers in a vacuum

    Consider the impact of the downstream vacuum ejector on precondenser performance, advises Andrew Sloley, in this month's Plant InSites column.

    Andrew W. Sloley, contributing editor
    08/20/2007
  • Know when to call for help

    Sometimes a construction manager is a necessary evil, says Dirk Williard, in this month's Field Notes column.

    08/20/2007
  • Chill out about cooling costs

    Plastic towers can offer economic and operational advantages, and now come in modular designs suitable for bigger loads. Converting to a plastic cooling tower can yield substantial savings.

    Dave Jurgensen, Delta Cooling Tower
    08/20/2007
  • Candidate contaminants get reprieve

    EPA decides not to regulate 11 materials in water. Read what Regulatory Editor Lynn Bergeson says about it in this month's Compliance Advisor column.

    Lynn Bergeson, regulatory editor
    08/01/2007
  • 10 Tips for Success

    Paying attention to the following points can ease implementing and improving critical plant procedures:

    Patrick Kelly, Honeywell Process Solutions
    08/01/2007
  • Help Your Operators

    Automating procedures within control systems can serve to make your operators more effective and more consistent. With studies showing more than 40% of all plant incidents stemming from some form of human error, it makes sense to give automation a larger role in day-to-day operations.

    Patrick Kelly, Honeywell Process Solutions
    08/01/2007
  • Sleep with the enemy

    Stop fighting environmentalists and embrace them because it’s good for the planet and business. The challenge for the chemical industry is to win support in the court of public opinion before building or expansion plans run into trouble. And the key to that lies in a company’s willingness to understand the complex and sometimes conflicting motives of opposition groups and to communicate effectively to all constituencies.

    Alan Metrick, Alan Metrick Communications
    07/24/2007
  • Better water technology is on tap

    The drought in many parts of the U.S. so far this summer points out the preciousness of water supplies. There’s greater demand for waste-minimization and recycle-and-reuse technologies as well as more awareness of utility usage and the impact of life-cycle costs on water-treatment operations. Here’s a look at new technologies that will help.

    C. Kenna Amos, contributing editor
    07/24/2007
  • Face energy challenges like a frontiersman

    Be both a hunter and a farmer of energy management, advises Contributing Editor Christopher Russell, in this month's Energy Saver column.

    Christopher Russell, contributing editor
    07/24/2007
  • Get your message across very fast

    Blink and you might miss it, but sponsoring an IndyCar makes sound sense, says Mike Spear, in this month's End Point column.

    Mike Spear, editor at large
    07/24/2007
  • Equipment & Services: July

    Chemical Processing's Equipment & Services feature provides a variety of production equipment, supplier services and parts.

    07/24/2007
  • Properly protect centrifugal pumps

    Consider various factors when selecting how to guard against low flow, Andrew Sloley says in this month's Plant Insites column.

    Andrew Sloley, contributing editor
    07/11/2007
  • Two bulk conveyors prove better than one

    Engineers at EaglePicher Corp. in Quapak, Okla., faced some unique problems in manufacturing high-purity isotopic chemicals and wound up addressing them via a unique solution.

    David Boger, Flexicon Corp.
    07/11/2007
  • DHS aims to lock down security rules

    Expect a final ruling this summer on chemicals covered and some other key issues, warns Lynn Bergeson, regulatory editor.

    Lynn Bergeson, regulatory editor
    07/06/2007
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