Automated Feeding Enhances Biologics Production
On-demand nutrient addition provides improved cell health, higher product titers and consistent quality
The majority of the new biopharmaceuticals and those in development today are produced in complex mammalian cell cultures — typically involving tens of biochemical species and hundreds of biochemical reactions. These biologics such as therapeutic…
Honeywell Design Challenge Rewards Brazilian Students
Pick the Real Culprit
Omega Debuts Technical Learning Online
New Aveva Office Serves Owner Operators
Wireless Network Improves Leak Detection
System affords significant savings for continuous hydrocarbon monitoring
Leak detection at large chemical sites can be both difficult and expensive. At one Belgian plant, operators were making twice-daily inspection rounds using portable leak detectors — but new and stricter government regulations required continuous…
Rockwell Automation And Cisco Release Wireless Design Guide
Emerson Updates DeltaV DCS
ISA100 Wireless Standard Approved By IEC
ISA Announces Process Control & Safety Symposium Program
Select the Most Suitable Temperature Sensor
Mettler Toledo Receives Innovation Award For TDL Analyzers
ABB Breaks Ground On Louisiana Factory
Do More with Multiparameter Analyzers
A recent international alarm management standard is ratcheting up pressure for improvement
The quest to comply with alarm management standards is taxing both human and technical resources at chemical makers — and driving developments to make managing alarms easier. Vendors such as exida, PAS, Schneider Electric and Human Reliability…
Understand the Real Benefits of Virtualization
Take Advantage of the Minute Clinic
Mettler Toledo Report Examines Halogen Moisture Analyzers
Mettler Toledo releases, "Drying Oven vs. Halogen Moisture Analyzer – A Practical Guide to Compare Methods."
A new Mettler Toledo white paper, "Drying Oven vs. Halogen Moisture Analyzer – A Practical Guide to Compare Methods, explains how halogen moisture analysis can deliver moisture content results. Mettler Toledo explains how halogen moisture analysis can replace the drying oven method, providing that the results obtained by the two methods are comparable, according to the company.
Determination of moisture content is typically performed via loss on drying using a drying oven as the reference method. Halogen moisture analysis is also based on the principle of loss on drying, but moisture determination usually takes five to 15 minutes compared with two to three hours using a drying oven, according to Mettler Toledo.
ABB Analytical Systems Integration Facility Serves Gulf Region
Endress+Hauser, Rockwell Automation Invest In Purdue Lab
Magnetrol Contest Awards Oldest Switch
Use Elegant Design to Bolster Inherent Safety
Embrace a variety of strategies that can eliminate hazards from operations
Trevor Kletz was able to simplify the concept of inherent safety in such a way that everyone “gets it.” His mantra “What you don’t have can’t leak” is so clear and powerful that it has grabbed the attention of all stakeholders, including…
Safety Is No Accident
HSE Issues Safety Alert on Stainless Steel Connectors
Honeywell FAAST Aspiration Smoke Detection Guide Aids Installers
Tiptoe Around Trouble
Prudently ponder how to approach a problem-plagued project
Looking back at his project I wondered how he ever could foul it up this badly — at least unintentionally. He’d hired an offshore engineering company half-a-world away to save money. He hadn’t carefully defined the material properties, basic engineering document and drawings (BEDD) or the materials of construction. He sought low-bids for the design instead of time-and-material ones. He never reviewed preliminary drawings with manufacturing. Wow, what a mess. Yet the firm I was working for agreed to pick up the pieces — to build the process — without process engineering hours!
Although these situations seldom work out well, there are ways to minimize the damage to your firm and your reputation. Let’s consider the contract…
ESI Launches Piping System Course
Intergraph Makes Isogen PCF Documentation Available
Flow-Cal Announces July Users Group Conference
Flow-Cal, Inc. will hold its 16th annual Flow-Cal Users Group Conference July 20-23 in Seattle.
Flow-Cal, Inc. will hold its 16th annual Flow-Cal users group conference July 20-23, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue in Seattle, Washington.
The agenda for the four-day event includes informative sessions, case studies, roundtable discussions and networking events concentrating on Flow-Cal’s products and measurement best practices. The program for the 2015 event includes a large number of industry instructors from Flow-Cal’s user community, bringing operational experiences to aid other users in more effective utilization of Flow-Cal products. An extended liquids measurement track has been added to this year’s program for training on industry fundamentals and the practical application with Flow-Cal’s product line.
Save Big on Large Gaskets
Make the Most of Centrifugal Pumps
FSA Honors Matthews With Award Of Merit
ITT Observes Pump Appreciation Day
Volkmann Opens New Test Facility
Volkmann, Inc. expands its U.S. headquarters, located in Bristol, PA, to include a 750-square-foot dedicated test facility.
Volkmann, Inc. expands its U.S. headquarters in Bristol, PA to include a 750-square-foot dedicated test facility. The laboratory incorporates a range of the company’s VS Series of vacuum conveyors, including the 200, 250, 350 and 450 receiver models, as well as a variety of feed hoppers and the company’s RNT rip and tip hopper. Two 150 foot runs of 1 ½” and 2 ½” conveying lines are available to simulate real world applications in product transfer, and a 20 foot vertical lift can be added where necessary.
The VS series can simulate conveying conditions for powders, granules, particles, tablets and capsules for customers in the food, pharmaceutical, chemical and coatings industries. A PPCVS 170 unit, built specifically for the…
KSU Opens Bulk Solids Innovation Center
EFCE Calls for Nominations
ASTM Standard Features Freeman Technology Rheometer
Vac-U-Max Shows Cleaning Advances At 2015 Fuel Ethanol
Precatalyst Promises Improved Cross-coupling
Scaffold structure leads to less-expensive and highly active reactions.
Chemists at Yale University, New Haven, Conn., have developed a versatile highly active precatalyst scaffold for palladium-catalyzed reactions. It promises to have wide-ranging utility for many cross-coupling and related reactions involving monoligated palladium, the researchers believe. The system is more active than commercially available precatalysts and is compatible with a range of N-heterocyclic carbene and phosphine ligands. It creates a better chemical infrastructure for catalysis, reducing the amount of palladium needed and, thus, cost, they add.
“We have developed an improved system that is less prone to deactivation. It should make the preparation of many industrially relevant compounds more economical and sustainable and may…
Dechema Seeks Catalyst Award Entries
Sustainability Efforts Measure Up
Biorefinery Makes Better Building Blocks
Catalyst Revamps Radical Polymerization
Membranes Simplify Water Treatment
Chlorine-resistant separators eliminate processing steps
Researchers in Australia have developed polyelectrolyte multilayer (PEM) membranes for reverse osmosis and nanofiltration that promise to simplify treatment of brackish and sea waters and, thus, save energy. The membranes obviate the need for the…
Preclude Packed-Column Problems
Fluid-Filled Gate Provides Precise Separation
Europe Seeks Better Membrane Performance
Distillation: Resist the Temptation
Process Puzzler: Tackle Exchanger Flaws
A variety of issues may contribute to ongoing problems.
This Month’s Puzzler
Our makeup-air heat exchangers seem to have suffered ruptured tubes. On the shell side, we use 45-psig steam reduced from 200-psi boilers. We send 40% propylene glycol/water through the tubes; at the steam control valve inlet…
Exchanger Technology Heats Up
Heat Exchangers: Prevent Tube Pullout
Control the Skids
Heat Exchanger: Reject a Risky Rate Rise
Siemens Makes MCCs Standard Offering
Siemens’ motor control centers are now available as a standard catalog offering, eliminating the need for a customized quote or negotiated lead times for new MCCs and units.
Siemens’ motor control centers (MCCs) are now available as a standard catalog offering. The new offer eliminates the need for a customized quote or negotiated lead times for new MCCs and units (replacement buckets).
Traditionally, MCCs needed to be configured, customized and engineered for each order resulting in a lead time of multiple weeks. Catalog MCC units and structures will ship as soon as five days after an order is entered, according to the company.
The new standard MCCs are available for industries such as water and wastewater, food and beverage, oil and gas, cement and mining, and pulp and paper. Customized MCC units and structures are still available for projects that need engineered MCCs.
For more information, visit:…
Make the Most of Adjustable Speed Drives
EASA Announces Electric Motor Repair Accreditation Program
ABB Service Identifies Drive Issues
Take Advantage of Gas Turbines
Embrace ISO 55000
The new asset management standard will be easier to adopt and more beneficial than you might think
Best-practice maintenance organizations realize that effective, measured and documented asset management methods and work practices lead to increased safety, availability, reliability, throughput and due diligence as well as reduced insurance costs,…
Quick Poll: Spare Parts Inventory
“Safer Chemistry” Gains Ground
Stress Engineering Services Launches EPC Services
Ignore Utility Piping at Your Peril
Properly Assess Economics
Understand when common evaluation methods are most appropriate
Many engineering choices depend upon economics. You must select the path forward that will earn the most (or lose the least). The three most common methods for evaluating economic value of projects are simple payback, net present value (NPV) and…
Data Initiative Improves Insights
Chemical Processing Economic Snapshot Ending December 2014
Report Examines Competitive Energy Cost Savings For U.S. Manufacturers
Global Survey Shows Increase In Chemicals M&A Value
Succeed with Run-to-Failure
Some steps can minimize surprises when using this maintenance approach
A shelf in my study holds a collection of debris from process mistakes. None of the errors were mine, by the way. One memento is the recovered tip of a furnace (roaster) thermowell. It was seven years old when it corroded through and caused an unnecessary shutdown that lasted nearly a week. No records were kept. Nobody scheduled it for replacement. The plant engineer was left to wonder why the roaster tripped on over-temperature and how to deal with molten, soggy iron oxide collected in the cone. Poor documentation led to poor troubleshooting and a loss of production. This is what is called a run-to-failure (RTF) mistake.
If your plant is on a shoestring budget and RTF is all you can afford, how can you make the best of it? First, develop…
Veterans Get Employment Boost
Make Your Team More Effective
Boost Engineering Quality
Establish a Good Reference Library
Process Puzzler: Sort Out a Sewer Snafu
Storm water may contribute to ongoing problems
This Month’s Puzzler
We’re having problems with our plant wastewater system (Figure 1). First, we can’t seem to get the nominal flow out of our new fiberglass neutralization system — we constantly back up in the neutralizer. Second, the…
Consider These Water Best Practices
Woody Biomass Yields BTX
Video Shows GE Chemistry In Use At AmSty
Process combines gasification of lignocellulose biomass with Fischer-Tropsch synthesis and aromatization to produce benzene, toluene and xylene at high yields.
Finnish researchers have developed a process that combines gasification of lignocellulose biomass with Fischer-Tropsch synthesis and aromatization to produce benzene, toluene and xylene (BTX) at high yields.
The woody biomass goes to a…
OSHA Clarifies GHS Compliance Efforts
Catalyst-Free Method Creates Polyurethanes
TSCA Reform May Be Closer Than You Think
Germany Eyes Wood-based Foam Materials
Grasp Cyber-Security Policymaking
Efforts by the Obama Administration fall into five distinct categories
Cyber-security policymaking has become a priority in the executive branch of the U.S. government. More than a dozen federal agencies now have efforts underway to protect private- and public-sector infrastructure from harm caused by malicious…
Threat of Cyber Attacks Boosts Funding
Defeat Targeted Cyber Attacks
SOCMA Awards Honor EHS&S Improvement
Organizations that take a “felt leadership” approach to process safety management are making strides in the ongoing quest to improve process safety.
The best laid plans are just that – plans. Unless you have someone championing the plans it’s nothing more than a useless exercise. This is true with process safety and unfortunately lives have been lost because of it. To truly improve process safety management (PSM), the responsibility falls to senior executives. It’s a trickle-down effect that at the very least will improve performance and at the utmost will save lives. DuPont calls this “felt leadership” and starts with leaders improving and influencing decision-making across the board.
Once upper management is on board, you can get to the root of accidents. While it’s easy to place blame on operators, you must look at the whole picture not just the last few brush strokes.
Chemical Safety Board Gets New Leader
Chemical Explosion Injures Worker
Explosion Rocks Chemical Plant In China
Prevent Formation of Ignitable Mixtures
Chemical Safety Board Makes PSM a Top Priority
Agency wants to modernize process safety management regulations
On December 1, 2014, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) announced that its “Most Wanted Safety Improvement” is to modernize U.S. process safety management (PSM) regulations. Specifically, the CSB notes implementation of key federal and state…
Honeywell Opens Customer Experience Center
Properly Protect Your Plant's Perimeter
We Must Improve Safety and Security
Industrial Energy Efficiency Gets Spotlight
New DOE report summarizes barriers to improvements and some ways to tackle them.
In June, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Washington, D.C., sent Congress a report that highlights various issues that keep industry from achieving better energy efficiency. “Barriers to Industrial Energy Efficiency” also pinpoints…
AirLiquide And ExxonMobil Debut Gas-To-Gasoline Technology
Moore Industries Video Highlights IPX2 Transmitter
Finland Mulls 100% Renewable Energy
Evaluate Energy-Related Utilities
Energy Saver: Nix Non-Condensables
Hydraulic Institute Issues Wastewater Treatment Pump Guide
2015 WEFTEC Features Annual Operations Challenge
Sustain Energy Costs through Simple Changes
Conquer Conveyor Clogging
Volkmann Releases Vacuum Conveying Solutions Catalog
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