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  • How to select control valves, Part 2

    When it comes to selecting and sizing control valves and positioners, this article not only helps you pick the right one for the right job, but also includes a valuable valve selection chart you can download!

    Béla Lipták, PE, CONTROL Columnist
    10/17/2006
  • The FRETT approach to pump problems

    Some U.S. oil refineries repair their centrifugal pumps every three years while other refineries enjoy an average repair interval of 10 years. Learn about the highest-performing refineries and other petrochemical companies that have significantly reduced pump failures, and how you can obtain the same results.

    Heinz P. Bloch, P.E.
    10/16/2006
  • Expect tighter particulate matter standards

    Tighter particulate matter standards are in our future, according to Regulatory Editor Lynn Bergeson in this month's Compliance Advisor column on ChemicalProcessing.com

    Lynn Bergeson, regulatory editor
    09/21/2006
  • Intellectual property issues limit university research

    Colleges must slake their thirst for royalties as intellectual property issues limit industry-backed university research, according to Chemical Processing's Editor at Large Mike Spear.

    Mike Spear, editor at large
    09/21/2006
  • Increase pump performance

    In this web exclusive on ChemicalProcessing.com, pump expert Ross Mackay says a key to a pump's performance is to look at the control system it's running with.

    Ross Mackay
    09/18/2006
  • NeSSI tames the communications monster

    The new sampling/sensor initiative (NeSSI) is moving steadily to fulfill its original promise of increased efficiencies, costs-savings, and micro-analytic capabilities despite recent growing pains related to fieldbus.

    Jim Montague, Executive Editor
    09/15/2006
  • CAGI to verify compressor claims

    The compressed air industry is taking a step that will clear the air about the performance of its equipment. For the first time, many compressed air equipment manufacturers will submit their 50 hp to 200 hp lubricated rotary-screw compressors and 200 cfm to 1,000 cfm refrigerated air dryers to an independent laboratory for performance testing.

    Ken Byrd
    09/11/2006
  • The rise and fall of modulation

    Why have reciprocating designs fallen out of favor relative to the rotary compressor that is so predominant today? Read about the evolution of efficient controls for compressed air systems.

    Henry Kemp
    09/11/2006
  • Spot problems with adsorbents

    The longer-than-expected life of an adsorbent points up the need to always assess the consequences of system additions. While sometimes this may involve detailed calculations, simply looking to the laws of physics can eliminate potential headaches.

    Andrew Sloley, contributing editor and Bruce Veale
    08/14/2006
  • Better Design Is No Pipe Dream

    The benefits of using pipeline simulation tools at the piping and instrumentation diagram (P&ID) level, rather than running simulations just on the process flow diagram, can often be overlooked.

    Mike Spear, editor at large
    07/17/2006
  • Keep a steady eye on measurements

    While engineers often strive to keep processes running without too much variation, measurements that don’t change may be a cause for concern not celebration, as one refinery can attest.

    Andrew Sloley, contributing editor
    06/19/2006
  • Pumping Temperature Considerations

    "Bad actor" pumps are those pumps that have trouble with frequent and repetitive failures. In many cases, the source of the problem is an ANSI pump trying valiantly to handle a liquid well beyond the range of its design rating.of 300 degs. F.

    Ross Mackay
    06/19/2006
  • Develop an air-tight defense

    Chemical processors face significant challenges in controlling fugitive emissions. The emissions escape from valves, compressors, pumps, piping components, etc. It is a difficult task, but necessary to avoid penalties and other liability.

    Lynn Bergeson, regulatory editor
    04/24/2006
  • Choose the right temperature sensor

    There’s no simple solution to achieving accurate temperature measurement. It’s a combination of knowing the inherent accuracy of particular sensor types, and how environmental factors can create further measurement uncertainty and the sensor calibration techniques available to reduce this uncertainty.

    Cal Swanson, Watlow Electric Manufacturing Co.
    04/24/2006
  • Flexible Pipe Couplings

    Pipe strain can cause premature failure of pumps. This can frequently be absorbed by a flexible pipe coupling... but only if that pipe coupling is properly installed. Merely putting it into the line without any support, will not achieve any significant relief from the pipe strain. In order to protect the pump against the pipe strain, it must be anchored.

    Ross Mackay
    04/04/2006
  • Soft sensors win hard jobs

    Virtual instruments are gaining increasing roles — and capabilities — for closed-loop process control.

    C. Kenna Amos, contributing editor
    01/04/2006
  • Pumps benefit from a vane effort

    Widely used but underappreciated, back pump-out vanes extend bearings and seal life.

    Richard Nardone, ITT Industrial & BioPharm Group
    11/15/2005
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