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  • Equipment & Services: February

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

    02/19/2007
  • Properly install column internals

    Good installation is crucial for trouble-free startups and optimum tower performance. Experienced installers share their practical knowledge to help you make sure that your tower will work as expected. The advice also applies to absorbers and strippers.

    Frank Rukovena, Jr., Fractionation Research, Inc.
    02/19/2007
  • Pacify the Fear of a Changing Work Environment

    Understanding how changing a work environment affects people can reduce accidents. Management of Change (MOC) has been one of the hardest of the PSM requirements for industry to master. Making matters worse, it’s rarely applied to people and organization changes. But there are proven approaches.

    Ian Nimmo, User Centered Design Services, LLC
    02/19/2007
  • Rely on an Ombudsman for a Smoother Project

    Working with someone who speaks the operator’s language will avoid problems, according to Dirk Willard, in this month's Field Notes column.

    Dirk Willard, senior editor
    02/12/2007
  • Use a multifaceted approach to manage your energy costs

    One or two tools alone won’t allow you to maximize results, but this list of six common tools will help, according the Christopher Russell in this month's Energy Saver column.

    Christopher Russell, contributing editor
    02/12/2007
  • Chemical security rules edge forward

    Advance rulemaking was recently issued on anti-terrorism standards. Lynn Bergeson provides a summary in monthly Compliance Advisor column.

    Lynn Bergeson, regulatory editor
    02/12/2007
  • The intrinsically safe fieldbus has arrived

    Fieldbus has proven its merit in bringing projects online more efficiently, allowing better diagnostics, and control, and reducing maintenance costs and inventories. However, it has been limited in intrinsically safe services. At last, technology has come through once again with a solution. The capacity barrier of FISCO has now been significantly surpassed by a novel split architecture design that has already proven itself in the field.

    Dr. Dave Rizzo, Power PR
    02/09/2007
  • The DCS spirit lives on everywhere

    Classic distributed control systems typically remain only in high-availability refining and power applications, but their strategies and capabilities persist in descendants and today’s sophisticated networks.

    Jim Montague, Executive Editor
    02/09/2007
  • Best practices in control system migration

    Migration from your old control system to a new one is as an inevitable as death and taxes. But, the key to minimizing the pain is to abide by the control system migration best practices listed here.

    Dan Hebert, PE, Senior Technical Editor
    02/09/2007
  • Debunk plant myths about diagnostics

    Your current control system can probably do more than you think. Everybody can agree that diagnostics are a good thing — they can identify problems early, and keep the plant running at peak performance. Learn how your existing control systems and analog instruments can deliver diagnostic capabilities, at a fraction of the cost of system or instrument replacements.

    George Buckbee, ExperTune, Inc.
    02/08/2007
  • Making the most of diagnostics

    Make the most of your diagnostics with this helpul summary from George Buckbee of ExperTune, Inc.

    George Buckbee, ExperTune, Inc.
    02/08/2007
  • Energy Savings Pick up Steam

    More attention to steam systems and trap monitoring provides big benefits. At most chemical plants, plant management and operators face increasing pressures to improve the energy efficiency of their processes, so they should see how they can save on steam.

    Mike Spear, editor at large
    01/30/2007
  • The chemical industry needs fresh eyes

    Team looking at BP’s safety failings benefited from its diverse membership. Editor Mark Rosenzweig interviews panel member Dennis Hendershot for an insider's perspective.

    Mark Rosenzweig, editor in chief
    01/30/2007
  • 10 tips for diagnosing control valve problems

    To make the most of diagnostic equipment used in chemical processing, technicians must stretch their knowledge of control valves and related diagnostic equipment that keeps tabs on valve health and safety.

    David W. Douglas
    01/22/2007
  • Where is wireless going?

    Increasing interest will translate into far more monitoring applications. The worldwide market for wireless technology will grow 26% annually over the next few years, forecasts the ARC Advisory Group. Vendors are responding and key concerns are being addressed.

    Mike Spear, editor at large
    01/11/2007
  • Find the perfect steam trap

    Consider a variety of factors to select a unit that comes the closest. What steam traps lack in size, they make up for in numbers. In a typical steam plant, their numbers range from several hundred in a large steam plant to more than 20,000 in refinery or chemical complexes.

    Stephen Frank, Richards Industries, Inc.
    01/11/2007
  • Translate lofty financial goals

    A profit-per minute metric can really optimize operations. The chemical industry is discovering that it needs better tools to help capitalize on the products and maximize profits — to generate cash faster. It needs a new metric: profit per minute.

    Richard Batty, Maxager Technology
    01/11/2007
  • Exporters get reporting relief

    EPA eases annual reporting requirements and thresholds, and exporters are feeling relief, according to Lynn Bergeson in her monthly Compliance Advisor column.

    Lynn Bergeson, regulatory editor
    01/08/2007
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