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  • Chemical industry: Making the dragon go "puff"

    The global chemicals business is changing as Asian countries, particularly China, are experiencing an explosive growth in economy. What can American chemical businesses do to compete with this new giant in the industry?

    Mark Rosenzweig, editor in chief
    02/18/2005
  • Become a more efficient chemical plant employee

    Plant employees aren't all that different from plant equipment. Both need to be efficient without being over-worked. This article details the things you can do to be more effective at your job.

    Sandy Baker, P.E., Exceedance
    02/15/2005
  • Gaskets: meeting the acid test in sealing

    Dow Corning Corp. was experiencing difficulties sealing a large hydrochloric acid column. GORE-TEX Series 600 gasket tape proved it could seal tightly for an extended period of time.

    Steve Beach, Dow Corning Corp., and Rob Haywood, W.L. Gore & Associates
    02/15/2005
  • Process engineering: Is your pump cavitating?

    That rumbling/rattling noise you hear from your pump is the symptom for any number of potential problems. The first step is identifying the problem. This article will help you determine what exactly is wrong with your pump.

    Ross Mackay
    02/15/2005
  • Automation & IT: Making a HART connection

    This article is the first in a series of web-exclusive items designed to increase your knowledge about the HART Field Communications Protocol. Read here to find out the benefits of using HART Communication.

    Ed T. Ladd, Jr., HART Communication Foundation, Austin, Texas
    02/10/2005
  • Chemical plant site security enters the next phase

    With the last of mandated security deadlines now approaching, plants ponder future steps.  Read about all of the improvements and procedural changes that have already occurred and find out what might be next for your plant's security plan.

    Nick Basta, editor at large
    02/10/2005
  • Process engineering: Fieldbus is here - are you ready?

    Digital-based protocols, such as those used by fieldbus technology, are finding their way into a wider range of plant automation technologies. Read about the Fieldbus Foundation and how its technology can be implemented at your plant.

    Joe Conklin, Fieldbus Foundation
    02/10/2005
  • Mixing moves osmosis technology forward

    U.S. soldiers get drinking water via the first forward-osmosis membrane, which is made possible by high-shear mixing. The process is spontaneous and requires no moving parts or special expertise.

    Doug Cohen
    02/07/2005
  • Prevent fine powder flushing

    Trapped air can cause fine powders to shoot through cracks and crevices. Here's how to eliminate this bin-afflicting problem.

    Lee Dudley, Diamondback Technology
    02/06/2005
  • Process Engineering: Looking for good data?

    Are you experiencing problems with measurement uncertainty and are often left with poor data? Let Dr. Gooddata help you develop objective numerical tests for good data.

    Ronald H. Dieck, Ron Dieck Associates Inc.
    02/04/2005
  • Properly introduce solids into a flowing gas stream

    Particulate solids are often required to be introduced into a flowing gas stream. If not done correctly, introduction of solids into the gas stream can lead to impingement of solids on the pipe, resulting in erosion of the pipe in the area of the solids introduction.

    01/31/2005
  • Achieve total productive maintenance

    In order to achieve all the benefits of a total productive maintenance program, you have to start with autonomous maintenance and a CMMS.  This can lead to maximum equipment effectiveness through the elimination of defects, downtime, slowdown, and so on.

    01/28/2005
  • Engineering certification: License to engineer

    The bar is constantly being raised for licensed professionals and its important for engineers to stay up-to-date on certification changes. If not, you might be left without the proper accredidation for your job.

    Lisa Greenberg, managing editor
    01/28/2005
  • Chemicals get a bad reaction in Washington

    Accidents and deaths have not been enough to spur regulatory change under the Bush administration.  There have been 167 accidents in the past two decades, and 108 people were killed in 48 of the incidents.

    Lynn Bergeson, regulatory editor
    01/28/2005
  • Process Engineering: Pumping Efficiently

    Inefficient pumps can increase maintenance as well as energy costs.  Are you doing everything you can do to make sure your plant is running as efficiently as possible? 

    01/21/2005
  • Process engineering: Doing your level best

    Level measurement can be a simple issue with numerous solutions.  Measuring the height of the material in a vessel is merely an interface issue that can be resolved in a variety of ways.

    01/21/2005
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