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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.

  • 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
  • Process management: Raise an alarm about alarms

    Sure, having more alarms is a plus if they contribute to better plant operation.  But nowadays, more and more plants have numerous alarms that are causing more trouble than they are worth.

    Mark Rosenzweig, Editor-in-Chief
  • Process manufacturing: Practical steps to reduce particle segregation

    Particle segregation is a common problem in many bulk storage systems and its presence creates serious quality control problems. This exclusive contribution from Diamondback Technology discusses the do's and dont's of particle segregation.

    Diamondback Technology
  • Ph Sensor Neutralizes Gas Scrubber Operation

    There seems to always be a better way to meet regulatory requirements, enhance productivity and lower costs. A new pH sensor may help meet all three goals.

    Paul Aloia, Summit Controls Inc.
  • The future is in plastics

    Single-use equipment is finding a place in the biopharmaceutical industry. One company has even designed a new bioprocessing facility around the disposable equipment.

    Diane Dierking
  • Do Your Plant a Good Turn

    Often, one or more centrifuges lie idle in a facility. A thorough understanding of the factors that affect centrifuges is essential to getting the most out of these units.

  • Mix It Up

    The new breed of multi-agitator mixers can help eliminate redundant equipment and streamline processes because of their versatility and efficiency

  • Succeed at plant debottlenecking

    Critical evaluation can enable you to turn up capacity and improve performance. This article presents some ideas to help you evaluate your process to see whether it offers exceptional revamp opportunities.

    Joseph C. Gentry, P.E.
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