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  • Keep temperature control out of hot water

    Readers offer tips about how to control the temperature of a water stream. (From the Process Puzzler column in November 2004 Chemical Processing magazine.)

    11/01/2004
  • Lights up on emissions monitoring

    This article takes a new look at optical remote sensing (ORS) technology — which has become simpler, more reliable and more accurate, yet its popularity for monitoring emissions has not grown.

    Nick Basta
    11/01/2004
  • Process integration extends its reach

    Thousands of successful applications worldwide testify to the value of process integration technology in reducing energy costs and increasing capacity through debottlenecking.

    Robin Smith
    11/01/2004
  • Better damper control delivers big savings

    Installing an electric drive on a steam boiler damper results in lower fuel consumption. The reason? The electric drive enables boiler operation with just the right amount of excess air at lower firing rates.

    Joshua I. Anderson,&nbsp;Adolfo B. Aparicio and Scott T. Rutkoski
    11/01/2004
  • Keep motor drives ready for action

    Annually reforming stored or non-operational drives ensures that they remain ready to operate at peak performance. Failing to do this can lead to capacitor damage when the converter starts to operate.

    Kjell Ingman and Mikko Lammi
    10/16/2004
  • Improve Your Project's Prospects

    Management always strives to increase the corporation's long-term value to its owners. As a result, it is very important to understand how they assess potential investments to get your project approved.

    Douglas C. White
    10/08/2004
  • Test for success

    The best hopper is the least expensive one that consistently provides the required solids flow. A few simple indices can pinpoint potential solids flow problems and help optimize design.

    10/08/2004
  • Chemical market endures the seesaw effect

    U.S. producers see economic growth coming from stronger exports and imports. However, some forecasters say that the long-term trends are less upbeat.

    Nick Basta
    10/07/2004
  • Take out torque

    A reader's ribbon blendor is experiencing torquing problems. Read tips about how to avoid torque problems in a ribbon blender.

    10/02/2004
  • Give gaskets a squeeze

    Reevaluate gasket use when operating conditions or maintenance procedures change.

    Andrew Sloley
    09/16/2004
  • Sealless pumps get their turn

    Cost and design improvements are spurring increasing use, particularly for handling hazardous fluids.

    Nick Basta
    09/16/2004
  • Put Your Column on the Map

    Residue curve maps (RCMs) can be employed in a variety of ways, including system visualization, evluation of data, and process synthesis, modeling and troubleshooting

    Scott Barnicki
    09/16/2004
  • Order up better measurements

    Second-order instruments can provide improved accuracy and reliability for electrochemical and other sensors.

    Larry Berger
    09/16/2004
  • The future is in plastics

    Single-use equipment is finding a place in the biopharmaceutical industry. One company has even designed a new bioprocessing facility around the disposable equipment.

    Diane Dierking
    09/16/2004
  • Adaptive control takes a leap forward

    The next generation of adaptive controllers will identify a process model quickly and automatically and provide process model parameters that can be displayed, trended and diagnosed.

    Gregory K. McMillan, Washington University, Mark S. Sowell, Solutia, and Peter W. Wojsznis, Emerson Process Management
    09/14/2004
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