Chemical Processing's Editor-in-Chief, Mark Rosenzweig, feels that anything that raises the public's awareness of chemical engineers' positive role deserves applause. After all, far too few people appreciate contributions that members of the profession already have made to improve life and the environment or the potential impact of chemical engineers in addressing today's pressing problems. Getting such a message out broadly and effectively, of course, makes us feel good about our career choice.
Chemical Processing's Editor-in-Chief notes that few of us can fully escape work even when on vacation. Sure, time off should allow us to unwind and forget about issues at the plant or office. However, it's only natural during quiet moments to turn to thinking about the job. Indeed, today's tough economy makes it even harder to completely disconnect.
Chemical Processing's Editor-in-Chief has fond memories of his prized 1967 Wolseley 18/85 sedan. Those memories prompt Mark to discuss how Chemical Processing's Readers' Choice Awards account for numerous current and retired brands.
Chemical Processing's Editor-in-Chief, Mark Rosenzweig, wants us to admit that not all old hands hold incredible insights. Longevity by itself doesn't necessarily lead to learning. Just because someone has been doing a job for ages doesn't mean that person is expert at it. Too many people strive to do just enough to get by, rather than to excel. Others lose their edge because they don't improve their capabilities or keep up to date with technology. Unfortunately, veteran engineers and operators suffer such failings
Chemical Processing's Editor-in-Chief, Mark Rosenzweig, feels there's really nothing funny about our image as technocrats. Designing or operating a chemical plant is serious business. After all, mistakes can lead to dire consequences. Maybe that explains why chemical engineers aren't known for their sense of humor. But there certainly are a lot of good one-liners out there!
Chemical Processing's Editor-in-Chief thinks that chemical companies too often don't exercise enough care when deactivating units. Dismantling or demolition can make a site safe -- usually at a hefty tab, though, even more so when environmental remediation is needed. Abandonment certainly is far cheaper, presuming substantial legal and regulatory costs don't eventually arise.
Reporting from the 2009 Chem Show, Senior Digital Editor Traci Purdum learns what makes a blast-resistant module blast resistant and why a chemical-processing facility would benefit from having these modules on site.
Since 1980, there have been hundreds of combustible-dust-related fires and explosions responsible for plant equipment damage, downtime and unfortunately in some cases, employee deaths. How do you know if your processing facility is at risk for explosions and what can you do to prevent them?
Traci Purdum, Chemical Processing's senior digital editor, talks in-depth with Fike, providers of fire and explosion protection, and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) about potential combustible explosion hazards, safety requirements and best practices for mitigating the risks. Watch this video now and hear about:
Identifying combustible explosion hazards in your plant
Options for dealing with potential hazards
NFPA codes, standards and processing plant safety requirements
Best practices for reducing combustible explosion risk levels at your processing facility
You will also learn about explosion venting requirements, screening and explosability testing.
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