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  • Don’t Be the Hub of a Wheel

    Successful ‘green-field’ site start-ups depend on developing a team, says Senior Editor Dirk Willard.

    Dirk Willard, senior editor
  • The impact of the European Union's directives on the U.S.

    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.

    Lynn Bergeson, regulatory editor
  • Keeping safety on the right track

    The chemical industry has, in general, an amazingly good track record on safety. Outside of those plants, however, can be another story.

    Mike Spear, editor at large
  • 2006 Readers' Choice Survey

    The equipment, services and suppliers selected to make a job easier greatly contribute to on-the-job success. The Readers' Choice survey identifies the leading vendors in more than 40 categories.

    Ken Schnepf, managing editor
  • How to select control valves, Part 1

    When it comes to selecting and sizing control valves, the non-commercial chart in this article not only helps you pick the right one for the job, but also serves as a reference tool you can download.

    Béla Lipták, PE, CONTROL Columnist
  • Cutting the wires of communications

    Users want wireless, vendors want to sell wireless, so what’s the problem? This article tackles one of the most discussed topics: the use of wireless communications in process automation.

    Walt Boyes, Editor in Chief
  • Spot problems with adsorbents

    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.

    Andrew Sloley, contributing editor and Bruce Veale
  • Executing Alarm Management

    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.

    Roy Tanner, and Rob Turner ABB and Jeff Gould, Matrikon
  • Low flow injection improves scale-up of catalysts

    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.

    Kees Kaijser, Dow Chemical Company
  • Shake up your processing lines

    Vibratory equipment plays a critical role at many plants and there are significant opportunities to upgrade this equipment.

    Linda Mioduszewski, Eriez Magnetics
  • Try before you buy

    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.

    Mike Spear, editor at large
  • Can U.S. chemical makers still compete?

    A steady stream of statistics in recent years has pointed to deteriorating competitiveness in the U.S. chemical industry. Domestic producers face global challenges but see opportunities.

    Bill Gerards, contributing editor
  • Pump Performance: Kayo Cavitation

    Checking pump performance curves is one of the first steps in troubleshooting a centrifugal pump problem or seeing if a pump can handle new service conditions. Learn to look for more than just insufficient NPSHA, the common culprit, when investigating cavitation.

    Andrew Sloley, contributing editor
  • Better Design Is No Pipe Dream

    The benefits of using pipeline simulation tools at the piping and instrumentation diagram (P&ID) level, rather than running simulations just on the process flow diagram, can often be overlooked.

    Mike Spear, editor at large
  • Avoid Alarm Blunders

    Ineffective alarm systems pose a serious risk to safety, the environment, and plant profitability. Too often, alarm system effectiveness is unknowingly undermined by poorly-configured alarms. Read about these 12 common mistakes that can undermine the management of your alarm system.

    Michael Marvan
  • Control your maintenance

    Automation systems have now reached such a high degree of reliability that many personnel at plants now take them for granted. Learn to use digital communication with your asset management tools to achieve predictive maintenance and substantial savings.

    Ian Verhappen, MTL Instruments Group
  • Effective Shift Handover Is No Accident

    A successful handover between shifts heavily depends on the organizational skills of management and the effective use of the communication tools available. Learn what these tools are and get the most out of your operators.

    Ian Nimmo, User Centered Design Services, LLC
  • Pilot plants: destined for development

    Pilot plants are on the verge of an unprecedented evolution. Read about the 10 factors that'll impact the design, construction and operation of these next-generation units.

    Richard Palluzi, ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Co.
  • Acid scavenger prevents sticky problem

    Development of ionic liquids that exhibit useful and unique properties has created huge untapped potential for commercial applications to increase operating efficiencies of many chemical production operations.

    Dr. Uwe Vagt, BASF AG and Dr. Calvin Emanuel, BASF Corp.
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