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  • Chemical industry: Making the dragon go "puff"

    The global chemicals business is changing as Asian countries, particularly China, are experiencing an explosive growth in economy. What can American chemical businesses do to compete with this new giant in the industry?

    Mark Rosenzweig, editor in chief
    02/18/2005
  • 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
    02/15/2005
  • Make a new plan, Stan

    Senior Editor Diane Dierking suggests that you should look into taking a class in the new year.  Many employers offer tuition reimbursement and often these classes are very helpful.

    Diane Dierking, Senior Editor
    01/19/2005
  • 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.
    01/18/2005
  • Double up to contain leaks

    Chemical companies are faced with numerous decisions about how to address a variety of major environmental and safety issues.  Many are finding a simple solution in dual-wall piping systems.

    Nick Basta, editor at large
    12/20/2004
  • Save a bundle solving pressure-drop problems

    Pressure drop in compressor-suction and interstage coolers often creates problems. In some cases, just a few pounds of extra pressure drop make a revamp unworkable.

    Andrew Sloley
    11/04/2004
  • Process integration extends its reach

    Thousands of successful applications worldwide testify to the value of process integration technology in reducing energy costs and increasing capacity through debottlenecking.

    Robin Smith
    11/01/2004
  • Better damper control delivers big savings

    Installing an electric drive on a steam boiler damper results in lower fuel consumption. The reason? The electric drive enables boiler operation with just the right amount of excess air at lower firing rates.

    Joshua I. Anderson,&nbsp;Adolfo B. Aparicio and Scott T. Rutkoski
    11/01/2004
  • Sealless pumps get their turn

    Cost and design improvements are spurring increasing use, particularly for handling hazardous fluids.

    Nick Basta
    09/16/2004
  • Order up better measurements

    Second-order instruments can provide improved accuracy and reliability for electrochemical and other sensors.

    Larry Berger
    09/16/2004
  • Energy savings are in the air

    Anywhere compressed air can be eliminated represents an opportunity to reduce system operating expenses. Often, this reduction means fewer compressors must operate to meet the plant's air requirements.

    Christopher Schmidt, Mark D'Antonio and Alan MacDougall
    08/05/2004
  • Sites summon specialists

    The recent painful downturn and high energy costs are pushing corporate managers in the chemical industry to do whatever they can to improve company margins.

    Nick Basta
    06/01/2004
  • Rev up energy savings

    Electric motors in continuous or near-continuous service have high energy costs, even at the relatively low electric rates common in much of the chemical industry. Don't squander savings opportunities when considering motor replacement

    05/13/2004
  • Don't Send Money Down the Drain

    A versatile system meets Federal standards while minimizing VOCs in wastewater

    Terrence T. Virnig, P.E., C.H.M.M., Synthetech Inc., and John A. Meidl
    03/31/2004
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