While fermentation-based syntheses were once reserved for producing high-value specialty chemicals and biopharmaceuticals, bioprocess routes now are gaining increasing attention for commodity products.
Author: John L. Shaw, P.E., and Scott A. Rogers, P.E., CH2MHill Lockwood Greene
Carefully managing compressed air can save money. Compressed air is often overlooked in energy studies because many people do not fully understand compressed air equipment, their own system, or what it costs to produce compressed air power.
Author: Scott Van Ormer and Don Van Ormer, senior application engineers, Air Power USA
The Restrictions of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (the RoHS Directive) is part of a growing wave of European Union product-based regulations that will profoundly impact global and United States product standards and thus the chemical industry.
The longer-than-expected life of an adsorbent points up the need to always assess the consequences of system additions. While sometimes this may involve detailed calculations, simply looking to the laws of physics can eliminate potential headaches.
Author: Andrew Sloley, contributing editor and Bruce Veale
For you to succeed in advancing your strategy, while keeping the peace, you must meet many challenges motivating personnel and juggling the integration of changes. The solution is better plant-wide communication and understanding of the alarm philosophy.
Author: Roy Tanner, and Rob Turner ABB and Jeff Gould, Matrikon
Dow Chemical recently developed a reactive catalyst for use in one of its production facilities. Indications were that this new catalyst could save the company millions of euros once it reached full-scale production. The challenge was transferring the recipe using this new reactive catalyst from the laboratory to the pilot plant and, ultimately, to the production level.
There is another side to toll processing. It involves the companies that arguably have the best possible know-how and hardware for the simple reason that they are the equipment manufacturers themselves, offering toll processing services that utilize their own products.