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  • The economic sky turns cloudy

    Experts forecast modest economic growth at best. The global economy is slowing, led by a pronounced weakness in the United States resulting from the housing downturn and the credit crunch. And this, of course, will significantly impact the chemical industry.

    Seán Ottewell, editor at large
  • Avoid costly materials mistakes

    Common oversights keep plants from getting the most reliable and suitable vessels.

    Chip Eskridge, Jacobs, Steve Zoller, Enerfab, and Mike James, DuPont
  • Product stewardship grows globally

    Product stewardship is more essential today than ever before. Globally, stewardship initiatives, whether mandatory or voluntary, are emerging with regularity, and their significance should neither be ignored nor underestimated. Here’s why.

    Lynn Bergeson
  • 2007 Vaaler Awards

    Three developments earn Vaaler Awards for their value to the chemical industry. They bested a large number of entries, based on their technological significance, novelty or uniqueness, and breadth of application.

    Mark Rosenzweig, Editor in Chief
  • Build reliability in during design

    Instrumentation that promises to improve reliability may not always be what they seem. You have to consider whether a site can properly maintain sophisticated instruments.

    Dirk Willard
  • Service Plant Soon?

    EAM is different from industry to industry. Just what is enterprise asset management?

  • Take equipment diagnostics to a new level

    Many of the effects of machine degradation are avoidable, so being able to identify struggling equipment at an early stage is essential to renewing its productivity. Advances in performance monitoring can provide critical insights.

    Todd Anderson
  • Faking It Isn’t All Bad

    Simulate or model your loop tuning, operator training, advanced process control or optimization for savings, safety and skill-building.

  • Pursue the perfect plant

    Look into creating the “perfect plant” by integrating product and operational management into your environment. This provides the ability to respond faster and minimize impact to the business and bottom line, driving increased yields, asset utilization and order fulfillment.

    John Harrison, SAP Canada
  • Eliminate exchanger tubing troubles

    Today, many companies consider coating the inside of carbon steel tubes a best practice for extending the performance and lifecycle of a heat transfer system.

    Edward Curran, Curran International
  • Carefully check vendor references

    Determine the differences between a cited installation and yours, Andrew Sloley, contributing editor, says in this month's Plant InSites column.

    Andrew Sloley, contributing editor
  • Equipment & Services: November

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

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