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  • 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
    07/24/2006
  • 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
    07/12/2006
  • Separation Technology: Draw Insights on Distillation

    Residue curve mapping is a powerful tool to better understand the design and operation of distillation columns. This article describes how to use residue curve maps to check the feasibility of separation of homogeneous mixtures and for developing the conceptual design of towers.

    Raymond E. Rooks, The Dow Chemical Co.
    05/15/2006
  • Take a load off maintenance

    Use a powerful, proven technique to identify factors that impede craft efficiency.

    Timothy Finigan, Fluor
    03/22/2006
  • 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
    01/23/2006
  • 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
    01/11/2006
  • Maintenance diagnostics get a makeover

    Plants increasingly are outsourcing these vital services, lured by larger vendors and broader capabilities.

    Alan S. Brown, contributing editor
    12/12/2005
  • Choosing motor controls and drives

    In any industrial control application, using the right drives and motor controls can make or break the project, and also can make a huge difference in how well those applications perform.

    10/18/2005
  • Distill your quote request

    Sound purchasing decisions depend upon properly soliticiting and evaluating proposals from various vendors. This article will help you assemble a request for a proposal that should lead to responses that meet your needs and that you can compare.

    John G. Kunesh, consultant, and Raymond M. Sowiak, Sunoco
    06/22/2005
  • Use operators to boost pump reliability

    Preventing pump problems before they happen is the best way to save costs, and it is the operators who are the key to your pump maintenance.

    Ross Mackay
    06/15/2005
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