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  • Savor your slide rule

    This long-time symbol of engineering has retained its value, says Editor in Chief Mark Rosenzweig in his monthly column.

    Mark Rosenzweig
    02/20/2006
  • The importance of large bore seal chambers

    The introduction of the larger bore seal chamber has provided two major benefits to mechanical seal operation, both of which contribute to increased reliability.

    Ross Mackay
    02/20/2006
  • What does EPA have in store?

    Don’t expect any major changes in U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations during 2006. Here’s a summary of trends and developments anticipated this year.

    Lynn Bergeson, regulatory editor
    02/17/2006
  • Can you trust your sight glasses?

    Sight glasses are invaluable for troubleshooting towers and checking instruments. Improper connections can take a toll on accuracy.

    Andrew Sloley, contributing editor
    02/17/2006
  • Bend Pressure Drop & Heat Transfer Performance

    The presence of bends and properly predicting pressure drop through them can have a significant impact on accurately estimating the thermal and hydraulic performance of the overall unit.

    LiDong Huang / Fernando J. Aguirre
    02/16/2006
  • Separations in flux

    Separation processes often account for more than 50 percent of a chemical company's operating costs. Read how membranes and other non-thermal technologies poised to win a wider role.

    Mike Spear, editor at large
    02/15/2006
  • Succeed at system migration

    Learn to avoid the common pitfalls that each migration option poses. Here are 10 basic migration techniques.

    Ken Keiser, Siemens Energy and Automation
    02/13/2006
  • Oil refinery minimizes manual tank measurements

    The strategy was to enhance plant profitability, increase throughput capacity, upgrade product yields and improve on-stream reliability. Read here to find out what they accomplished.

    Sean Leonard, Matrikon
    02/10/2006
  • Disposable equipment makes lasting gains

    Biopharmaceutical producers and others are turning more to single-use units. Is this a good idea for your plant?

    Alan S. Brown, contributing editor
    02/06/2006
  • Who Will Manage Your Industrial Energy Costs?

    Energy cost control is not a one-time event, and it takes more than one tool to make progress. A number of people, both internal and external to an industrial facility, can contribute to effective energy management.

    Christopher Russell
    02/03/2006
  • Motives and rewards for managing plant-wide energy consumption

    What are the motives for managing energy in today’s lean competitive environment? Industry’s motives and rewards for managing their energy include plant reliability, speed, flexibility, product quality, and greater capacity to generate revenue.

    Christopher Russell
    02/03/2006
  • Feedstock change is hot and poppin’

    Corn, other renewable resources garner increasing interest and investment. Read here about the progress that is being made in discovering a new generation of feedstock.

    Bill Gerards, contributing editor
    01/24/2006
  • Don’t let a start-up finish you off

    Senior Editor Dirk Willard spent years as a "start-up" engineer. He advises that proper planning is crucial for achieving a happy ending.

    Dirk Willard, senior editor
    01/24/2006
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