Chemical Makers Embrace Digitalization
Survey finds increasing focus and funding as well as several challenges
The well-hyped potential of digital technology to transform manufacturing — denoted by terms such as Industry 4.0, Smart Industry and the Industrial Internet of Things — already is turning into a reality in the chemical industry, according to a…
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Emerson Adopts Thermal Energy Harvesting For Wireless
Power Puck thermoelectric energy harvesters convert ambient heat into electricity for powering Rosemount wireless transmitters.
Emerson adopts advanced thermal energy harvesting as a power source for its wireless products. Power Puck thermoelectric energy harvesters reportedly convert ambient heat commonly released in industrial processes into electricity for powering Rosemount wireless transmitters.
Perpetua’s Power Puck energy harvesting solution is suited to wireless devices in power intensive applications where a conventional power module may require replacements more frequently. The company’s Power Puck thermoelectric energy harvester reportedly provides continuous power for the life of the transmitter and includes an intrinsically safe power module for back-up power.
A heat source is all that is required to fully power wireless transmitters at their…
Rethink Local Pressure Measurement
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Wireless Network Improves Leak Detection
Rockwell Automation And Cisco Release Wireless Design Guide
Minimize Gas Chromatograph Downtime
Understand what achieving an effective predictive maintenance program entails
Processors have relied on gas chromatographs (GCs) since the 1950s to provide real-time compositional data to control systems. Today, tens of thousands of GCs serve in a diverse range of plants — making the GC the analytical workhorse for online…
Global Gas Analyzer Market Will Grow Through 2020
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Emerson Launches Radar Verification Service
Level measurement verification service helps users avoid process disruptions and improve process safety.
Emerson introduces a guided wave radar (GWR) verification service to help users verify their Rosemount level instrument performance. The service allows technicians to go to the client’s location and provide verification without any disturbance to normal operations, according to the company. A five-point accuracy verification is performed using calibration hardware with traceability to recognized standards.
The plant receives a certificate showing the level instrument meets specifications designed to comply with the ANSI Z540-1-1994 standard, according to Emerson. When used in oil and gas applications, the service reportedly can provide the inspections required by regulatory organizations and can verify measurement accuracy for custody…
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BP Selects aeShield For Upstream Facilities
BP selects aeShield to assist asset personnel in monitoring control, alarm and safety instrumented systems (CASIS) performance for all upstream oil and gas assets around the globe.
After a three-year software evaluation period, BP reportedly selects aeSolutions’ aeShield to assist asset personnel in monitoring control, alarm and safety instrumented systems (CASIS) performance for all upstream oil and gas assets. To date, it has been a challenge to automate the monitoring of these devices due to the lack of common systems in place across BP’s facilities, according to aeSolutions.
aeShield allows centralized reporting, standard enforcement consistent with internal procedures, reduced man-hours, monitored IPLs and efficient management of change (MOC) tracking, according to the company. During initial rollout, BP will reportedly focus on HAZOP/LOPA studies, safety requirements specification, SIL verification and IPL…
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Top Video Games Beckon Engineers
Engineering.com releases its top ten video games for engineers young and old.
If you’re in need of some downtime but aren’t ready to completely shut off your brain, a video game with an engineering slant might be the perfect happy medium. Engineering.com has created a list of its top ten video games for engineers, including younger, tech-savvy engineers-in-waiting.
Topping the list is Kerbal Space Program, a physics based rocket science simulator that has partnerships with NASA and United Launch Alliance, and challenges users to “take a fledgling aerospace industry and reach the stars,” according to the site. Also on Engineering.com’s list is Spacechem, a puzzle-based game that challenges players to refine raw materials into usable chemicals “by setting up complex machines and interactions between the…
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World Economic Forum Urges Innovation
Processing Equipment: Take Advantage of Liquid-Ring Compressors
These compact devices boast several benefits and suit numerous small services
Liquid-ring compressors possess a number of desirable features. They provide a fairly steady gas flow with very small pressure fluctuations, and have low noise levels and smooth running characteristics. Including ancillary equipment, they offer a…
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Report Offers Guidelines For Rotary Electric Vibrators
Cleveland Vibrator Company releases white paper on rotary electric vibrators.
Cleveland Vibrator Company releases a new, downloadable white paper entitled, “Effective Use and Maintenance of Rotary Electric Vibrators.” The paper presents guidelines to help manufacturing professionals select, position and maintain the proper rotary electric vibrator for their applications.
The 10-page white paper—authored by Engineer David Strong—specifically addresses how rotary electric vibrators improve material flow through bins, hoppers, feeders and screeners, according to the company. These vibrators are used in a variety of industries, primarily in foundry, food, agriculture, concrete, mining, recycling and powder bulk industries.
Sections of the white paper include: Proper Installation, Setup and Operation; Adjusting…
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Kason Expands Test Lab
Light Replaces Ligands for Synthesis
New aniline synthesis method relies on photoredox catalysis to form C-N bonds.
The combination of nickel and photoredox catalysis provides a cost-effective, broadly applicable method for synthesizing anilines, say researchers at Princeton University, Princeton, N.J., the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass.,…
Nanoparticles Sharpen Chemical Sensing
Catalysts Could Boost Hydrogen Production
Better Biofuel Process Beckons
Electricity Boosts Allylic Oxidations
Ward Off Wastewater Treatment Woes
Improving ion-exchange-system performance may require a variety of steps
This Month’s Puzzler
A few months ago, we installed a bank of ion exchange (IX) columns to polish our wastewater before it goes to the city treatment plant. (See Figure 1) We have a plating bath operation where we are trying to reduce the Cr+6 to…
Exxon Mobil Membrane Could Save Billions In Energy Costs
More Efficient Wastewater Treatment Looms
Linde Plans Large-Scale ASU In Southeast U.S.
Consider the option for long-lead-time equipment but also its risks.
Long delivery times easily can imperil plant projects and maintenance. Specialized equipment may have relatively few reliable manufacturers — and, thus, involve lengthy lead times. Meanwhile, industry consolidation has reduced the number of…
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Emerson Releases Energy Savings Advisor
Fluke Acquires eMaint Enterprises
Fluke Corporation acquires eMaint Enterprises LLC.
Fluke Corporation acquires eMaint Enterprises, LLC, maker of computerized maintenance management software (CMMS). eMaint’s software platform provides asset management solutions in markets including food processing, healthcare, facilities, fleet, services and manufacturing. Fluke’s handheld test tools and portable sensors are used by service and maintenance technicians, electricians and plant engineers.
For more information, visit: www.fluke.com
LCE Launches Reliability Website
Train Operators To Perform Maintenance
Maintenance: How To Monitor Moving Machinery
Optimize Spare-Parts Management
Demand for spare parts falls into three basic categories: consumable spares, operational spares and insurance spares, and the best forecasting strategies for each are very different.
Machines need spare parts. Any business operating significant quantities of machinery will carry of a stock of replacement components. Those parts fulfill a variety of purposes. They are there to replace items such as bearings, seals, and filters that wear out during normal operations, and they need to be ready for planned upgrades and overhaul activities. They act as insurance, allowing maintenance teams to fix breakdowns faster than the lead times required to secure replacements from an external supplier.
Ensuring that the organization has the right number of the right spare parts in its inventory can be a continual source of tension, however. Maintenance and operations teams want to maximize availability to reduce the risk of unplanned…
Chemical Maker Goes Beyond Recycling
NABE Anticipates Economic Growth
ISA Economic Indicator Signals Contraction
Chemical Activity Barometer Shows Sixth Straight Gain
EFCE Announces 2017 Mobility Award
Prize will honor chemical engineering student who has studied abroad
The European Federation of Chemical Engineering (EFCE), Brussels, now is accepting nominations for its Student Mobility Award. Chemical engineering students who are citizens of any European country represented in the EFCE and who have spent at least one semester studying in another country can enter. The award carries a prize of €2,000 (≈$2,250) as well as a travel stipend to attend the award presentation, which will occur during the 10th World Congress of Chemical Engineering in Barcelona, Spain, in October 2017.
Go here for more details on the award, including how to enter.
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China Tops Chemistry Olympiad
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U.S. Water’s PhosZero Is R&D 100 Finalist
U.S. Water is selected as a finalist by the R&D 100 Award Program for its PhosZero antiscalant and corrosion inhibitor, cooling water chemistry.
U.S. Water is selected as a finalist by the R&D 100 Award Program for PhosZero, its antiscalant and corrosion inhibitor, cooling water chemistry. The St. Michael, Minn.-based company provides water-management solutions.
PhosZero’s sustainable technology reportedly provides scale and corrosion protection while exhibiting reduced aquatic toxicity. Phosphorus is used in virtually all antiscalants on the market, but phosphorus discharge has become heavily regulated due to adverse environmental impacts and is severely restricted by many state regulatory agencies. The PhosZero chemistry is an effective antiscalant without phosphorus compounds, according to the company.
Winners will be announced in early November during the annual R&D…
EPA Releases Q&As on New TSCA
Three Dow Technologies Make IChemE Global Awards Finals
Canadian Refinery Installs GE Wastewater Technology
IChemE Names Finalists For Global Awards 2016
Carbon Capture: Spend More to Save More
Report outlines economic strategy to help the U.K. meet future carbon capture goals
The U.K.’s on/off relationship with carbon capture and storage (CCS) took a new twist on September 12 with the publication of a report by the Parliamentary Advisory Group.
The 70-page report, “Lowest cost decarbonization for the UK: the…
Pollution Monitoring: New Tools Help Speed Compliance
Forestall Fugitive Emissions
Grasp the Gravity of the New TSCA
Latest guidance pertains to fast tracking persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic chemicals
On September 2, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released additional guidance on its implementation of the new Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) in the form of additional questions and answers (Q&As). This column explains…
Business Efforts Bolster Climate Accord
Use of Safer Chemicals Gets New Scrutiny
EPA Seeks to Revise Risk Management Plan
ABB Joins Industrial Internet Consortium Steering Committee
Eric Harper, a senior principal scientist at ABB will represent ABB on the IIC Steering Committee.
ABB is elected to the Industrial Internet Consortium’s (IIC) Steering Committee. The IIC is a global not-for-profit consortium of companies that reportedly aims to accelerate the growth of the Industrial Internet by identifying and promoting best practices and global standards. The IIC and the Industrie 4.0 platform are global initiatives that contribute core elements to ABB’s concept of the Internet of Things, Services and People, according to the company. ABB was involved in both initiatives from early on and joined the IIC in December 2014. Eric Harper, a senior principal scientist specializing in software architecture and sustainable technologies at ABB’s Corporate Research Center in the United States, will represent ABB in the…
Washington Targets Drones
NSF Awards $12 Million For Quantum Technologies
aeSolutions Develops ISA Cybersecurity Training
Plant-Floor Operators Tap IT For Cyber-Security Strategy
Explosion At China Plant Kills Four
Wanhua, a producer of polyurethane raw materials and other industrial chemicals, is still analyzing the cause of the explosion.
An explosion at a Wanhua Chemical plant in Yantai, China, killed four people and injured another four. Wanhua, a producer of polyurethane raw materials and other industrial chemicals, is still analyzing the cause of the explosion. According to an article from the American Chemical Society’s Chemical & Engineering News, the company says its preliminary investigation indicates that it occurred in a crude methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI) purification tank that, at the time, was holding the material at pressure and temperature levels within its design specifications.
Read the entire article here.
Airgas Explosion Kills One
CSB Issues Safety Alert
Chemical makers gain a tool to keep unmanned aircraft off their sites.
Drones pose significant threats to chemical facilities, as I warned about a year ago — “Plant Security Is Now Up in the Air.” In that column, I cited the increasing availability of lower-cost and more-capable drones that can carry payloads and…
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Chemical Safety Board Opens Up
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Little over a year ago, on August 12, 2015, a catastrophic explosion occurred in Tianjin, China. More than 165 local residents and firefighters died in that explosion. A Chinese state council investigation described it as “an extraordinarily…
Worker Safety: Forget Political Correctness
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Energy Efficiency: Better Manage Excess Air
Implementing an oxygen trim control system offers significant benefits
What I’m about to discuss here has been covered in other CP articles, e.g., “Improve Sustainability on a Shoestring." Nevertheless, I still feel it’s important enough to talk about based on some first-hand practical experiences my colleague, Subodh Chaudhari, and I have had over the past two years doing BoilerMACT energy assessments. We assessed more than 100 process heaters and steam generation equipment along with their historical operating data (hourly averages for one year). These units varied significantly in design, heat duty and operational characteristics, but still had commonalities when it came to excess air control, heat recovery and operating efficiencies.
In a nutshell, our energy assessment results relating to…
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The winners will be revealed on November 3 in Manchester, UK.
The Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) announces the finalists for the IChemE Global Awards 2016. Over 120 entries from 26 countries made it to the final stages of the Awards. The winners of each of the 16 categories and the overall winner for outstanding chemical engineering project will be revealed on November 3 in Manchester, UK.
The IChemE Global Awards celebrate excellence, innovation and achievement in the chemical, process and biochemical industries. Last year, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory walked away with the top prize for their novel fracturing fluid, designed to make fracking more environmentally friendly.
The awards attracted nearly 500 applications this year, a record number of entries since the awards started…
Scientists Pull Uranium From Seawater
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Solar-Powered Manufacturer Observes Milestone
EY And GE Digital Align For IIoT
Paratherm Debuts Redesigned Website
The new website is designed to be more visually appealing and user friendly.
Paratherm – Heat Transfer Fluids introduces a newly redesigned website. The new website is designed to be more visually appealing and user friendly, according to the company. The new Paratherm website reportedly performs many of the same duties as Paratherm employees in assisting hot oil system users and others interested in indirect heating technology.
The website is aimed at fluid customers, OEM design engineers, process managers, fluid specifiers and maintenance professionals. It provides technical details of Paratherm heat transfer fluid products, including product data, safety data and physical and thermal properties. The website also offers technical advice regarding hot-oil system safety, maintenance and reliability and detailed…
Fulton Rents Out Thermal Fluid Heaters
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Tutorial Touts Heat Transfer Fluids Best Practices
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Energy Saver: Understand Impact Analysis
Focusing on an implementation’s true consequences can lead to more cost-effective results
Undertaking an energy assessment can be a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be if the energy expert can understand and follow an “impact analysis.” So, this column will cover this methodology and cite a few examples of how to undertake an impact analysis while doing energy assessments.
Published ASME standards for energy assessments provide a good starting point and offer guidelines for conducting these assessments. Nevertheless, our resources — budgets, human resources, and time — are always limited. Hence, there’s a strong need to undertake energy assessments from an impact-level perspective and increase the cost-effectiveness of these efforts. We are still talking about a systems approach; I’m not suggesting cutting…
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