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  • Understanding ratholes

    Diamondback Technology supplies with this exclusive piece on rathole formation in plant hoppers.

    Diamondback Technology
  • Compressed Air Systems: The Secret is in the Pipe

    There’s no such thing as too large a compressed air line.  A common error in compressed air systems is line sizes too small for the desired air flow.

    Hank van Ormer, Don van Ormer and Scott van Ormer
  • Process engineering: Avoid pitfalls when starting up pumps

    Improper startup can result in excessive temperature and radial loading, both of which can lead to lower pump reliability from problems such as seal and bearing failure. Consultant Ross Mackay describes the three steps that should be followed during pump startup.

  • Research and Development: The Know-How Pinch

    Research and development is a chemical company's most valuable asset. In today's climate, companies must work harder to protect intellectual capital on an international level.

    Nick Basta, editor at large
  • EPA encourages adoption of HPV chemicals

    The EPA's Interagency Testing Committee wants to make it a requirement for chemical processors to provide production and exposure information for 276 high production volume chemicals.

  • What makes a workplace great?

    What exactly goes into a great workplace? Senior editor Diane Dierking investigates and finds that companies that foster trust, pride and camaraderie among coworkers rank highest.

    Diane Dierking, senior editor
  • How Do You Train a Process Manufacturing Plant Operator?

    Sybron Chemicals had the right idea when it sought to properly document the procedures for its wastewater treatment plant. The first step for improving both employee and plant efficiency is to have an up-to-date plant manual.

    William Biach, Biach Information Arts
  • Chemical research gets a new look

    Editor at large Nick Basta looks at what the chemical industry can do to re-invigorate its technological research. He says technology pioneered in the pharmaceutical industry promises broad benefits.

  • The Lark provides a serious lesson for the chemical industry

    The key to the long-term vitality of a chemical corporation does not lie in its business acumen, but in its ability to continue to make innovative chemicals. Editor in chief Mark Rosenzweig says executives should show more enthusiasm for this process.

    Mark Rosenzweig, editor in chief
  • Chemical Processing Vaaler Award 2005

    Chemical Processing is now accepting entries for its biennial Vaaler Awards. These awards honor products and services that have significantly improved the operation and economics of chemical plants. Click the following link to download a PDF document that details eligibility requirements, award categories, entry details, winner notification and contact information.

  • Process engineering: In the trenches of Fieldbus War II

    Like the 20th Century’s Great Conflict, the first Fieldbus War never really ended. But what will the outcome be this time? This article from CONTROL makes an educated prediction on how the battle may turn out.

  • Fieldbus technology: Cut through the confusion

    Fieldbus technology offers many benefits to a chemical processor if used correctly. The key is to focus on front-end design to achieve the full benefits of fieldbus technology.

    Ian Verhappen, P.Eng., ICE-Pros
  • HART Devices - Dispelling the Myths

    Myths and misconceptions surround the HART Communication technology despite being in use for as many as 15 years in some places. This article dispels those myths and highlights the benefits of HART.

    Ed T. Ladd, Jr., HART Communication Foundation, Austin, Texas
  • Process Engineering: Measure problems on a higher level

    A reader has a level measurement problem with a differential pressure level transmitter. The transmitter does not track the level properly. Check out the question and the in-depth answer in this contribution from

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