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Online Education: Join The Panel Discussions

Free online series covers a variety of crucial topics.

By Traci Purdum, Senior Digital Editor

Chemical Processing recently launched its CP Panel Discussion series. The aim of this free online series is to bring together experts to help listeners make their chemical facilities more efficient, safe, environmentally friendly and economically competitive.

To create this series, we put our editorial heads together to flesh out topics that would benefit our readers most. We came up with several, including Condition Monitoring Solutions for Optimum Operational Efficiency. I moderated the event, which took place March 24 and is now available for on-demand viewing at www.ChemicalProcessing.com/articles/2010/066.html (login is required, but it's a quick process.)

During this event, our experts provided insights on what's possible in condition monitoring and how to get the best out of today's tools and technologies. The panelists were Michael Eisenbise, Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional, BP reliability engineer and the chairman of the Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals; Earl Ziegler, head of DuPont Engineering's Corporate Predictive Maintenance Leadership team; Renard Klubnik, applications engineer at Wilcoxon Research; and Jay Ratliff, Infor's asset sustainability manager for business consulting.

Their presentations lay the groundwork for what is, in my opinion, the most valuable part of the event - the audience-driven Q&A session. This is where the rubber meets the road and the panelists address attendees' specific concerns. There were a slew of questions at the condition monitoring event. Questions went from the high-level — how do we get management buy in — to granular questions about how much advance warning of a failure you can get with 4-20 mA vibration monitoring.

Interested in attending a future discussion? There're plenty to choose from:

Dry Materials: Moving Materials Through a Process, at 2 p.m. ET, Tuesday, Aug. 26. This event will outline how to properly assess the properties of solids, which can provide insights for both selection of equipment and troubleshooting. It’s also important to understand options for moving such materials through a process.

Dust Control/Emissions, at 2 p.m., ET, Thursday, Oct. 28. This discussion will look at various issues and developments related to dust and dust-collection systems. It will also cover new standards that affect dust-collection systems handling potentially explosive dusts.

To learn more about these free events, or to register, visit www.ChemicalProcessing.com/webinars. This page also houses our on-demand webcasts, including Condition Monitoring Solutions for Optimum Operational Efficiency; The Latest Trends in Energy Efficiency: How You Can Reduce Your Energy Bill; Best Practices in the Chemical Industry; and No Data, No Market: Achieving REACH Compliance.

I hope you'll join the discussion.

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