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  • Distillation control and optimization, Part 3

    Control's Béla Lipták continues his series on control of distillation processes, this time focusing on managing reboiler flow, temperature, feed rate, loading and reflux for economy, stability and safety.

    Béla Lipták, PE, CONTROL Columnist
  • Know when to leave a sinking ship

    The unspoken truth about projects is that they all come to an end, according to Dirk Willard in this month's Field Notes column. The key, he says, is knowing when to leave.

    Dirk Willard, senior editor
  • How to select control valves, Part 3

    When it comes to selecting and sizing control valves, gain and stability are key characteristics. The non-commercial valve selection chart in this article serves as a reference tool you can download.

    Béla Lipták, Contributing Writer
  • Take the right first step to manage your energy costs

    Conducting an energy assessment provides a business plan for improvements and is the first step to managing energy costs, according to Chemical Processing's energy columnist Christopher Russell.

    Christopher Russell, energy columnist
  • Making Your Process Operator-Proof

    Senior Editor Dirk Willard discusses Shigeo Shingo's take on mistake-proofing, or Poke Yoke, if you speak Japanese. The practice suggests the following devices: eliminate — redesign, facilitate — guide, mitigate — lessen the damage caused by the error, or flag — identify the error.

    Dirk Willard, senior editor
  • Make jacketing your strong suit

    Small details in jacketed-pipe configuration can have a big impact, according to Chemical Processing's Contributing Editor Andrew Sloley.

    Andrew Sloley, contributing editor
  • NeSSI’s success should be a lock

    The New Sampling/Sensor Initiative or NeSSI that replaces tubing, fittings and other hardware in a sampling system with miniature modular components makes sense. Enhancements now in the works should assure its success.

    Mark Rosenzweig, editor in chief
  • Tiny reactors aim for big role

    Process Intensification (PI) has promised many things but has it fulfilled its promises? When looking at reactor technology, the answer is a definite “Yes.”

    Rocky Costello, R. C. Costello & Associates, Inc.
  • Data validation: Jewel in the fieldbus crown?

    Many users and most suppliers to the industry see process availability as the big payout benefit of Foundation Fieldbus (FF) diagnostics — a good portion of it realized through data validation.

    John Rezabek, Contributing Editor
  • Avoid trouble with slurries

    Handling slurries (a mix of solids and liquids), should be based on experience and experiments, not theory. Much of the knowledge obtained from pneumatic conveyors and fluidization systems can be used in understanding slurries.

    Thomas R. Blackwood, Healthsite Associates
  • Keep measurements on the level

    This article looks at six technologies — mechanical floats and displacers, differential pressure, capacitance, ultrasonic, radar, and guided wave radar — that are used most often for automated control, and provides practical guidance for choosing among them.

    Jerry Boisvert, Siemens Energy & Automation
  • Check for human errors

    You may be making an error if you don’t find time to double-check your own and other’s work. Making time to check human work can prevent costly mistakes and save time.

    Trevor A. Kletz, Loughborough University
  • Work to build coalitions with difficult teams

    Managing feuds is the first step toward a successful project, according to Senior Editor Dirk Willard in his monthly installment of Chemical Processing's Field Notes column.

    Dirk Willard, senior editor
  • Get answers to your biomonitoring questions

    Guidance for chemical manufacturers, processors, and distributors about Section 8(e) of the Toxic Substances control act was issued on September 14, by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Chemical Processing's Regulatory Editor Lynn Bergeson discusses the new regulation.

    Lynn Bergeson, regulatory editor
  • Industry tackles a grave issue

    End-of-life and other product stewardship initiatives will impact chemical plants. An agreement to lessen the environmental impact of chemicals production will have global ramifications. Meanwhile, European end-of-life directives on electrical and electronic equipment already are having a worldwide effect.

    Mike Spear, editor at large
  • Choosing motor controls and drives

    In any industrial control application, using the right drives and motor controls can make or break the project, and also can make a huge difference in how well those applications perform.

  • How to select control valves, Part 2

    When it comes to selecting and sizing control valves and positioners, this article not only helps you pick the right one for the right job, but also includes a valuable valve selection chart you can download!

    Béla Lipták, PE, CONTROL Columnist
  • Nominations open for 2007 Plant Innovation Award

    Chemical Processing’s Plant Innovation Award is presented annually to recognize innovative solutions to processing problems at chemical plants throughout the world. Nominate a worthy candidate today.

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