Don't Slight the Simple Stuff
Mark notes that mundane assets can pose significant risks. Many plants now boast markedly better performance and reliability than they were able to achieve in the past. A major reason for such gains has been increasing reliance on sophisticated equipment and software that have become available thanks to the continuing evolution of technology.
Leadership Focus: Mixing
Mixing abounds at most chemical plants. Problems can arise that undermine processing. Identifying and addressing such issues are essential to remain competitive.
Traci Purdum, senior digital editor, talks to Dave Dickey, senior consultant, MixTech Inc., to unearth mixing best practices.
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Rosenzweig's Ramblings April 2010: Sustainability Proves Its Worth
Chemical Processing's Editor-in-Chief discusses a study that points to considerable cash flow benefits from better performance.
Effectiveness in using resources differs markedly among some major chemical companies and that difference has a significant financial dimension, according to a recent report "Sustainable Value Creation by Chemical Companies."
Rosenzweig's Ramblings January 2010: Trade Shows Require Rethinking
Chemical Processing's Editor-in-Chief points out that chemical companies continue to face financial pressures. With funds tight for capital expenditures, there's less motivation to send engineers to the show, especially when firms also are curtailing non-essential travel to save money.
Rosenzweig's Ramblings July 2010: Marshalltown Really Builds Upon a Legacy
World travel isn't as appealing to Mark as it used to be. Having been posted abroad for a number of years and traveled extensively over his career has jaded him a bit. Nevertheless, he does frequently get out of the office. In this video he talks about a state-of-the-art valve testing facility that occupies the site of historic factory.
Rosenzweig's Ramblings May 2010: Obama Tackles Safety Board Vacancies
Chemical Processing's Editor-in-Chief notes that President Barack Obama announced his first nominees for the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB): Rafael Moure-Eraso, Ph.D., to be chair and Mark A. Griffon to be a member. If confirmed, these appointments would bring the board back to a full complement of five members.