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  • Portable conveyor speeds paint production

    Unit ensures a consistent flow of soft acrylic powder without lumps or sticking, improving the production of thermoplastic paint.

    Michel Podevyn, Spiroflow Systems, Inc.
  • Celebrity cheers on U.S. manufacturers

    Editor Mark Rosenzweig discusses how an actor is drawing attention to thriving plants and the importance of manufacturing, in this month's From the Editor column.

    Mark Rosenzweig, Editor in Chief
  • Improve control loop performance

    Specification of control valves doesn’t adequately emphasize the very basic requirement that valve position respond in a timely manner or even at all — leading to process variability.

    Gregory K. McMillan, Emerson Process Management
  • Rethink your approach to process safety

    Place more emphasis on avoiding hazards rather than just controlling them. Process risk reduction can involve limiting the likelihood of potential accidents or cutting their consequences.

    Dennis C. Hendershot, Chilworth Technology Inc.
  • Two bulk conveyors prove better than one

    Engineers at EaglePicher Corp. in Quapak, Okla., faced some unique problems in manufacturing high-purity isotopic chemicals and wound up addressing them via a unique solution.

    David Boger, Flexicon Corp.
  • Plant to enterprise – Putting the pieces together

    While improved technology has narrowed the gap, the pressure now is on to complete the plant-floor-to-top-floor link. But the path is a twisty one dogged by complex technical and cultural issues.

    Nancy Bartels, Managing Editor
  • Equipment & Services: March

    Chemical Processing's Equipment & Services feature provides a variety of production equipment, supplier services and parts.

  • pH sensor stands up to tough conditions

    Design provides improved reliability in a polymer-precursor batch reactor. Sensors must respond quickly and survive a harsh environment. Poor probe reliability can make the difference between a process that makes money and one that doesn’t.

    Kyle Becker, Polychemie
  • Heat integration steps can present control problems

    The more energy prices rise, the more heat integration saves. However, heat integration steps can present complex control problems. Slip-ups in putting control systems in place can make operations nearly impossible. That certainly was the case at one unit using heat recovery.

    Andrew Sloley, contributing editor and Carolyn K. Hawley, VECO USA
  • Innovations in batching, dosing and weighing

    Challenges brought on by new regulations and technical problems for batching, dosing and weighing have pushed users to find some innovative and surprising solutions beyond our own industry.

  • 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
  • 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
  • Don't Let Phase Changes Faze You

    Phase changes in the downstream processing or handling of solids cause many process problems that have inexpensive solutions.

    Tom Blackwood, Healthsite Associates LLC
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