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  • Chemical industry starts to shine through clouds

    In its third year, Chemical Processing’s online salary and job satisfaction survey results provides reasons for optimism. The record 1,830 survey respondents’ answers indicate salaries, raises, bonuses and job satisfaction are all moving in a positive direction.

    Ken Schnepf, managing editor
    03/28/2007
  • Exporters get reporting relief

    EPA eases annual reporting requirements and thresholds, and exporters are feeling relief, according to Lynn Bergeson in her monthly Compliance Advisor column.

    Lynn Bergeson, regulatory editor
    01/08/2007
  • 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
    01/08/2007
  • Distillation control and optimization, Part 3

    Control's Béla Lipták continues his series on control of distillation processes, this time focusing on managing reboiler flow, temperature, feed rate, loading and reflux for economy, stability and safety.

    Béla Lipták, PE, CONTROL Columnist
    01/05/2007
  • Wal-Mart applies clout

    Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., previously committed to reduce by 5% the packaging used by its 60,000 suppliers by 2013. Now, a new initiative uses a scorecard to tackle wasteful packaging.

    Lynn Bergeson, regulatory editor
    12/05/2006
  • Make jacketing your strong suit

    Small details in jacketed-pipe configuration can have a big impact, according to Chemical Processing's Contributing Editor Andrew Sloley.

    Andrew Sloley, contributing editor
    12/05/2006
  • Valve innovation helps with nuclear waste

    Valves and actuators designed for handling radioactive waste must meet strict government requirements. This sometimes requires unconventional solutions. Such was the case at the Hanford Waste Treatment Project (WTP), Hanford, Wash.

    Roy Johnson, Flowserve
    12/05/2006
  • Tiny reactors aim for big role

    Process Intensification (PI) has promised many things but has it fulfilled its promises? When looking at reactor technology, the answer is a definite “Yes.”

    Rocky Costello, R. C. Costello & Associates, Inc.
    11/29/2006
  • Consider changing the speed not the pump

    Chemical Processing's Contributing Editor Andrew Sloley advises that instead of reflexively resorting to brute force to provide enough head, adjusting the pump speed might make for a better solution.

    Andrew Sloley, contributing editor
    11/01/2006
  • Avoid trouble with slurries

    Handling slurries (a mix of solids and liquids), should be based on experience and experiments, not theory. Much of the knowledge obtained from pneumatic conveyors and fluidization systems can be used in understanding slurries.

    Thomas R. Blackwood, Healthsite Associates
    11/01/2006
  • Choosing motor controls and drives

    In any industrial control application, using the right drives and motor controls can make or break the project, and also can make a huge difference in how well those applications perform.

    10/18/2006
  • Implementing an operations management system

    Things are changing at warp speed. Manufacturing companies are collecting large volumes of data from data systems but improvements are possible only if the data are analyzed and developed into useful business parameters.

    Robert Wojewodka, The Lubrizol Corp.
    09/29/2006
  • Washington targets plant security

    Federal actions undoubtedly will markedly impact the chemical industry. Nevertheless, we don’t know at this point whether federal chemical security legislation will happen in 2006.

    David A. Moore and Dorothy Kellogg, AcuTech Consulting Group
    09/22/2006
  • 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
  • Specifying thermal components systematically

    A common mistake made when specifying a heater or its components is not fully appreciating interactions. Taking a systems approach when specifying thermal components can help.

    Christopher C. Lanham, Watlow
    09/21/2006
  • Choosing the right contract

    A contract can be a stone in your shoe. Knowing which type of contract to choose can make your job easier. Chemical Processing's Senior Editor Dirk Willard provides tips on various types of contracts.

    Dirk Willard, senior editor
    09/20/2006
  • Sasol plant benefits from reliability improvements

    Sasol Solvents reduced operating costs by more than $2 million dollars at it’s plants in Sasolburg, South Africa. The efforts earned the facility the 2005 HART Plant of the Year Award.

    Dirk Willard, senior editor
    09/14/2006
  • 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
    09/13/2006
  • Implementation fatigue

    The new market realities of higher and rising energy costs as well as global pressures to reduce fossil fuel intensity have made energy management tracking much more valuable. Learn how to keep energy productivity programs from running out of gas in Peter Garforth's latest Energy Expert column.

    Peter Garforth
    09/11/2006
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