HIMA And Pepperl+Fuchs Sign Global Framework Agreement
Successful cooperation on HIMax safety controllers expands.
HIMA Paul Hildebrandt GmbH signs a global framework agreement with Mannheim-based automation equipment manufacturer Pepperl+Fuchs GmbH. It comprises the jointly developed H-system termination boards and associated modules from Pepperl+Fuchs, which are connected through pre-assembled system cables to the connector boards of the HIMax family. The agreement also governs uniform formal and legal aspects for all companies in the HIMA group, including warranty, liability, obsolescence management and uniform commercial conditions.
With safety-oriented controllers, an additional isolation level is necessary for channel-wise galvanic isolation or isolation from explosion hazardous zones, according to HIMA. This level can be implemented with the…
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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…
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FactoryTalk View v9.0 software is designed to improve insight into plant processes.
Rockwell Automation’s latest version of FactoryTalk View software is designed to improve operator experience and provide better design-time productivity via tighter integration with the control system, according to the company. FactoryTalk View v9.0 features TrendPro, a built-in analysis tool that helps operators access real-time data. The tool showcases contextualized production data by pulling from a variety of sources: FactoryTalk View SE data logs, FactoryTalk Live Data and FactoryTalk Historian data. The latest release provides operators ad-hoc, drag-and-drop capabilities.
FactoryTalk View v9.0 software builds on the ability to directly connect with Allen-Bradley ControlLogix tags. With new tag-extended properties, developers have…
Schneider Electric Launches Engineering Process Simulation Platform
Mohamed Saleem Joins Brooks Instrument As CTO
Saleem will oversee Brooks Instrument’s California-based technology development center.
Mohamed Saleem joins Brooks Instrument as the company’s new chief technology officer (CTO). He will oversee the company’s California-based technology development center. Brooks Instrument provides precision fluid measurement and control technology for the semiconductor, industrial and life science industries.
Saleem reportedly has more than 20 years of experience working with leading companies in the semiconductor industry. Most recently, he was vice president of engineering and business development at Fujikin of America and a member of their board of directors.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the National Institute of Technology in India; a master’s degree in chemical engineering from Tufts University;…
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SOCMA Sets Date For National Chemical Safety Symposium
Vanessa Sutherland, chairperson of the Chemical Safety Board, highlights the slate of speakers.
Vanessa Sutherland, chairperson of the Chemical Safety Board, highlights the slate of speakers for the Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates’ National Chemical Safety Symposium hosted by ChemStewards. This year’s event will be held at the Houston Marriott West Loop by the Galleria on October 11-12, 2017. The symposium will again focus on process safety, as well as feature discussions with key stakeholders on local, state and federal issues impacting the specialty chemical industry.
The two day-event will kick off on October 11 with a regional roundtable meeting hosted by SOCMA's government relations team from 8 a.m. to noon (CST) and a Safety Symposium Workshop in the afternoon hosted by ChemStewards from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
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The acquisition boosts Schneider’s virtual reality and augmented reality capabilities.
Energy management and automation specialist Schneider Electric acquires MWPowerlab s.r.l., a software company with 3D real-time technology. The acquisition adds advanced virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) technology to Schneider Electric’s industrial software portfolio. Customers can benefit from strengthened immersive simulation and training capabilities and advanced 3D visualization, according to the company. The technology can reportedly enhance the Schneider Electric Enterprise Asset Performance Management platform. Specific terms of the deal were not disclosed.
For more information, visit: www.schneider-electric.com
EFCE Seeks Nominees for 2017 Honor
ProSim, Johnson Matthey Target Nitric Acid Industry
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Process Puzzler: Surmount Sump Struggles
Several problems could afflict a slop oil system
This Month’s Puzzler
We use a vertical turbine pump to move slop oil from a sump to a steam stripper (see figure). Everything worked fine until we had a recent turnaround. When we started the next day, the stripper column began to rattle. It…
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Automated Imaging Optimizes Spray Drying Processes
Data on particle size and shape provide important insights
Spray drying processes can deliver particles with precisely controlled size and shape, making the processes extremely valuable for the manufacture of a wide range of products. Selecting, designing and optimizing equipment to meet…
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Breakthroughs Put Spotlight on Catalysis
Two research projects provide insights about reactions at the molecular level
Separate research projects in Switzerland and Singapore have made breakthroughs in understanding catalyst activity that could affect the way the chemical industry understands and uses catalysts.
In the Swiss project, researchers at the Paul Scherrer…
Better Propene Process Beckons
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EFCE Seeks Entries for Crystallization Award
Honor recognizes research by a young researcher
The European Federation of Chemical Engineering (EFCE), Brussels, has issued a call for nominations for its 2017 Excellence Award in Crystallization. The triennial honor, launched in 2007, recognizes a PhD thesis or technical paper by a researcher early in his or her career that contributes to understanding or industrial application of crystallization. The work must have been published between January 1, 2014, and December 31, 2016.
The award includes a €1,500 (US$ 1,565) cash prize as well as a travel grant to attend the 20th International Symposium on Industrial Crystallization in Dublin, Ireland, in September 2017, where the award will be presented.
Nominations can come from PhD supervisors at institutions in EFCE member countries or…
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Save Energy in Binary Distillation
Consider three alternatives for columns requiring low temperatures
Conventional designs for binary distillation generally work well but consume a lot of energy. Usually site-generated steam boils up the liquid bottoms of the column and site-generated refrigerated liquids condense the vapor that comes off the top of…
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Engineers Conjure New Tricks For Motors And Drives
Ongoing innovations, added intelligence and networking let motors and drives serve in unusual applications and replace obsolete equipment.
Just when it seems like today’s sophisticated motors and drives can’t possibly add more efficiencies and capabilities, engineers conjure up new tricks and refinements, followed by end users and system integrators who materialize new settings and challenges where they can make big gains. As usual, the rest of us are left to wonder, “How did they do that?”
This is because, while long-established drives and motor solutions might not appear unusual to most technical professionals and other onlookers, they obviously manifest as lifesavers to those most in need of their capabilities. Necessity doesn’t just lead to invention, it grants new vision along the way.
One company with this mindset is Acadian Seaplants in Dartmouth, Nova…
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Chemical Industry Activity Climbs As Business Confidence Grows
The Chemical Activity Barometer posts a strong gain in February following a similar gain in January.
The Chemical Activity Barometer (CAB), a leading economic indicator created by the American Chemistry Council (ACC), posts a strong gain in February of 0.4%, following a similar 0.4% gain in January. This follows a steady 0.3% gain every month during the third quarter of 2016. All data is measured on a three-month moving average (3MMA). Accounting for adjustments, the CAB is now up 5.0% percent over this time last year, marking its strongest year-over-year performance since September 2010. On an unadjusted basis the CAB climbed 0.1% percent in February, following a 0.5% gain in January.
The Chemical Activity Barometer has four primary components, each consisting of a variety of indicators: 1) production; 2) equity prices; 3) product…
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NABE Reports “Fairly Robust” Fourth Quarter
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Report Your Nanoscale Materials
The EPA issues final TSCA rule for chemical substances manufactured at nanoscale
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finally concluded January 12, 2017, a ten-year effort to issue a Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Section 8(a) rule establishing reporting and recordkeeping requirements for certain discrete forms of…
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Chemical Industry Slow To Adopt Digital, Report Finds
Over 50% of chemical companies surveyed by Deloitte Global lack an enterprise digital strategy.
In the face of challenges presented by increased competition, changing customer needs, an evolving regulatory environment and dynamic cost equations, many chemical companies are focused on reinventing their business and operating models. Yet, according to a new report by Deloitte Global’s Consumer & Industrial Products Industry group, 52% of chemical enterprises surveyed lack a digital strategy and transformation roadmap. The report analysis is based on survey responses from 102 executives from more than 50 chemical enterprises across North America, Western Europe and North Asia.
The survey uncovers that organizational agility (55%) and flexibility (39%) are challenges experienced by chemical enterprises that may limit a…
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I was building skids for a process in Canada that involved a combustible dust and a flammable liquid; however, my customer wasn’t concerned that we were using general-purpose equipment. Nor was the company owner, the project manager or even the…
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Protecting personnel from burns on hot, exposed surfaces is a top priority for process plant safety.
All it takes for skin to blister and burn is a few seconds of incidental contact with a hot surface. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health…
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The practice of safety in the chemical industry has changed and matured significantly over the past several decades and will continue to evolve. Taking a glimpse into the future based on current trends is a good place to start a dialogue on what…
Belco Technologies Corporation, a DuPont company, and Lundberg, LLC, a Dustex company, will jointly offer air pollution control systems for refineries and petrochemical plants.
Belco Technologies Corporation, a DuPont company, and Lundberg, LLC, a Dustex company, sign an agreement to collaborate on the supply of air pollution control systems on an exclusive basis around the world. The partnership applies to air pollution control systems for refining and petrochemical plants, as well as to coke calciners associated with refining and petrochemical plants, and is valid for 10 years.
The Belco and Lundberg systems enable refineries and petrochemical plants to meet strict emission controls and clean air regulations worldwide while staying in continuous operation and compliance, according to DuPont. By scrubbing flue and exhaust gases, the Belco systems and Lundberg Wet Electrostatic Precipitators (Wet ESP) reportedly…
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New Bio-Steam Facility Reduces AkzoNobel’s Carbon Dioxide Emissions
Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs Henk Kamp commissions new bio-steam supply from energy company Eneco to AkzoNobel.
Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs Henk Kamp, Eneco and Groningen Seaports open a facility that will supply steam from biomass to the chemical park at Delfzijl in the Netherlands, primarily for AkzoNobel's Specialty Chemicals site. Around 10% of total Dutch chemical production comes from Delfzijl and the industry is a major employer in the region. The three parties have jointly invested around €40 million in the project.
Eneco has converted its biomass plant into a combined heat and power (CHP) plant, which provides both electricity and steam from renewable biomass. The steam is transported via a pipeline constructed by Groningen Seaports. The conversion has increased the efficiency of the Netherlands' largest biomass plant: the same…
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Refrigerant Replacement Heats Up
Phaseouts are driving a variety of developments
The recent international agreement to phase out hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) — “Montreal Protocol Addresses HFCs” — and the decision by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to ban hydrocarbon refrigerants from all but a few process…
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