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  • Acid scavenger prevents sticky problem

    Development of ionic liquids that exhibit useful and unique properties has created huge untapped potential for commercial applications to increase operating efficiencies of many chemical production operations.

    Dr. Uwe Vagt, BASF AG and Dr. Calvin Emanuel, BASF Corp.
    06/28/2006
  • Nanotechnology raises big concerns

    Nanotechnology is grabbing headlines these days and the growing prospects of its use is spurring increasing attention to safety issues. This article examines the worldwide reaction to burgeoning popularity of the technology and what safety concerns are legit.

    Mike Spear, editor at large
    05/25/2006
  • 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
  • Mind mixer mechanical design

    While most mixers can provide a long service life — for instance, some are still operating after more than 30 years — mechanical problems can shorten life or even break parts. In this article, learn about all the mechanical problems that may befall your mixing equipment.

    David S. Dickey, MixTech, Inc.
    04/18/2006
  • BP tackles Texas City failings

    British Petroleum's tragic March 2005 explosion has been well-documented through the press. Read here to find out how that tragedy spurred the development of a new program addressing management issues at BP.

    Foster Finley and Karl Roberts, AlixPartners
    04/12/2006
  • PIP Tenth Annual Conference

    PIP’s 10th Annual Conference “New Tools – New Realities” will be held on Tuesday, April 25, 2006 in Houston, Texas. The one-day conference will include presentations, a demonstration from key industry leaders, several workshops, and award activities to recognize contributions from PIP Member Companies’ participants.

    Process Industry Practices
    04/07/2006
  • Don’t let a start-up finish you off

    Senior Editor Dirk Willard spent years as a "start-up" engineer. He advises that proper planning is crucial for achieving a happy ending.

    Dirk Willard, senior editor
    01/24/2006
  • Hard lessons worth sharing

    Editor-in-Chief Mark Rosenzweig writes that the causes of two incidents should get attention from other processors.

    Mark Rosenzweig
    01/24/2006
  • Collar hazards with a Bow-Tie

    A flexible, graphical method offers many advantages for initial process hazard analyses. Read here for a detailed explanation of the Bow-Tie method.

    Jack Philley, Baker Engineering and Risk Consultants, Inc.
    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
  • Flow metering gets more fluid

    There are more and more funcationalities being added to your most trusted instrumentation. These established technologies have expand their reach and performance.

    Mike Spear, editor at large
    01/09/2006
  • Pump start-ups

    As the new year starts up for contributor Ross Mackay, he is reminded of a pump start-up condition he encountered in a client's plant.

    Ross Mackay
    01/09/2006
  • Keep lobes in mind

    Understand why and when to consider these positive-displacement pumps.

    John Hall, Viking Pump, Inc.
    01/03/2006
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