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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Don'’t let a start-up finish you off

    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
  • Hard lessons worth sharing

    Editor-in-Chief Mark Rosenzweig writes that the causes of two incidents should get attention from other processors.

    Mark Rosenzweig
  • Safeguard plant safety

    The worst thing that can happen at your plant is that an employee suffers a serious injury from a preventable accident. Follow some proven maintenance pointers to keep operations safe.

    Joe Kaulfersch, Pepperl+Fuchs
  • Process Hazard Analysis: Collar hazards with a Bow-Tie

    A flexible, graphical method offers many advantages for initial process hazard analyses. Read here for a detailed explanation of the Bow-Tie method.

    Jack Philley, Baker Engineering and Risk Consultants, Inc.
  • Distillation control and optimization, Part 1

    Control columnist Bela Liptak describes the distillation process and PID-based controls, reviews optimization strategies, and shows how advanced controls can cut operating costs of distillation.

    Béla Lipták, PE, Control Columnist
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