Bayer pioneers more-efficient TDI technology
A new process for making toluene diisocyanate (TDI), which is a key raw material for polyurethane, reduces energy consumption by a third, cuts investment costs by 10-20%, and sets new safety standards, claims its developer, Bayer MaterialScience AG, Leverkusen, Germany.
RFID device wins Hermes award
The award, which includes a trophy and a 100,000 check (said to be the largest prize in engineering), recognizes successful deployment of pioneering technology.
Ionic liquids boost cellulose as feedstock
Ionic liquids, now being pioneered by BASF, Ludwigshafen, Germany, for acid scavenging in reactors, also promise to play an important role in expanding the use of cellulose as a chemicals feedstock.
Automation Federation launched
The Automation Federation, an umbrella organization for societies involved with process control and automation, now is being formed.
Active sensors make drums smart
Chemical plants, already increasingly relying on intelligent field devices tied into control networks, may benefit from a different type of smart sensor for goods and equipment.