New handbook offers a technical overview of sight glasses for chemical and pharmaceutical processes. A handy reference for experienced engineers and a great primer for those new to sight glass selection.02/03/2009
Sure, the process engineer is proud of his HMI (human machine interface) and the operations manager is pleased with his KPI (key performance indicators) dashboard and how effectively the system is running with the implementation of his new MES/MIS solution. The historian and analytic solution get all the credit when a field equipment crisis is averted. Does anyone ever think to thank the lowly driver? Without data, the HMI is just a pretty picture, and the best analytics in the world are only ideas without any basis in fact. Plus, tens or hundreds of thousand dollars are spent on that, while the driver budget isn't even a line item on the spec sheet. The communication arteries and veins reach out to all areas of the field equipment, sending and receiving data, efficiently and tirelessly ensuring the ability to acquire, analyze and adapt to the situations at hand.02/10/2009
In dozens of industries and in millions of applications around the world, dangerous chemicals are transferred from their original shipping containers into smaller jugs or buckets or applied to other end-use processes. Historically, the predominant dispensing method in many of these applications has been through an open system where the liquid is poured out of the container. With a poured system, the container is often flipped on its side and the liquid is poured into a secondary container. The user then just carries the bucket to wherever it needs to go. A mental image of this technique quickly reveals its potential dangers and inefficiencies.02/13/2009
Case Study of a Plant to Enterprise Solution
This white paper describes a case study of a real-life case harmonizing thirteen chemicals plants on one MES platform and bringing the plant floor at enterprise level the Plant to Enterprise initiative (P2E) . The chemical plants are located on seven different production sites in four European countries: The Netherlands, Germany, Denmark and Sweden.03/02/2009
With changes in temperature, pressure, density and viscosity all affecting volumetric flowmeter measurement, how can continuous processors accurately measure the flow of fluids? Download this Special Report to find out how Coriolis flowmeters provide a direct mass measurement that is unaffected by changing process fluid characteristics improving both accuracy and optimizing operations at your plant.03/30/2009
No matter what industry youre in, chances are you use some form of conveying. Whether it be pneumatic, flexible screw, aeromechanical or other, different conveyors are required to handle different products. But which conveyor is best suited for your operation? Despite the fact that conveyors have been around for almost a hundred years, this question still baffles many industries. In order to choose the right conveyor for your operations, you need to consider your conveyor's use - production, processing, packaging, and you need to consider your business objectives - improve operations? reduce labor?
In this special report, we look at the different types of conveyors, discuss the use of tubular bag conveyors, and provide 10 tips to prevent a variety of common problems that could occur with pneumatic conveyors.04/20/2009
Finding the right pump for metering abrasive and aggressive chemicals can be challenging. The pump of choice needs to withstand harsh chemicals, accurately meter, and be simple to maintain and operate. More and more process engineers are turning to peristaltic pumps to solve their pumping problems, reducing life cycle costs and driving gains in process efficiency.05/07/2009
State Based Control is a plant automation control design based on the principle that all process facilities operate in recognized, definable Process States that represent a variety of normal and abnormal conditions of the process. State Based Control, implemented with the latest developments in object-based technologies, delivers direct benefits to its adopters in a variety of Operational Excellence categories. It results in productivity increases, higher asset utilization of both people and process, automated responses and recovery for abnormal conditions and provides an environment for knowledge capture directly into the control design.05/14/2009
Read about the 10 factors that will impact the design, construction and operation of these next-generation pilot plant units.
Learn about new pilot plant development methods.
Understand the role operational guidance plays in successful pilot plant development.06/29/2009
Support for off spec materials, formula management, changeovers, parallel operations, lot trace and trace, unlimited unit of measure conversions, is key.
There are a host of enterprise resource planning (ERP) and supply chain management applications available to chemical manufacturersthe challenge is selecting the right one that offers a baseline product with industry-specific functionality. Many ERP applications available today are not industry-specific enough for chemical manufacturers and require major modifications, or, one must select from an industry template that may or may not fit specific needs.
There is also the chance that the software provider may not exist in two to three years (e.g., it may be acquired and the products future may become unknown), or the provider may not be financially secure, adding long-term risk.07/17/2009
It's a classic scenario in chemical manufacturing- struggling to coordinate the opinions of sales with manufacturing and supply chain initiatives on what, when, and where products should be produced. The lack of supply chain coordination can lead to frequent changes in production schedules, expedited shipments, excessive stock outs, poor customer service levels, lack of visibility into future demand, inventory in the wrong place and at the wrong time, and erosion of your margins.08/07/2009
Companies can gain great insight into how their process operates, find problems, and improve quality by using process analytical software.
Process Analytics and Intelligencesometimes called Manufacturing Intelligencehas transformed the way companies produce goods, understand their manufacturing processes, and ensure a quality product in ways we could not have foreseen ten years ago.08/12/2009
Organic cellulose and biomass filtration, washing and drying is very unpredictable and even minor differences in feedstock,washing or cake moisture requirements can require a different process solution. Both vacuum and pressure operations can provide equivalvent process results. On-site testing is required to determine the optimum filter selection.09/11/2009
The use of spray nozzles to rapidly cool or quench gas streams is an essential application in many industrial processes, such as chemical reaction vessels, incineration, and power plant absorber gas inlet. An optimized spray quench design requires engineering analysis of the operating environment, spray nozzle performance and process reliability. This technical paper describes the design considerations for spray gas quench systems such as nozzle selection, process control, system configuration and reliability. Application of this knowledge can result in a gas quench system that operates efficiently and reliably with reduced vessel size, reduced atomization energy consumption, and minimized downtime, to achieve capital and operational cost savings for your process.09/16/2009
While the activity of alarm rationalization is straightforward, its application can range from simple to extremely complex depending on resources and objectives. This white paper introduces two basic methodologies: Bounded or Unbounded, and evaluates the benefits of each.10/07/2009
Determining the most economical option to control airborne emissions during chemical process operations presents several unique challenges. As with any add-on control system, the goal is to minimize the annualized total costs while maintaining proper operation. In this white paper, learn the different options that are available and which ones fit your process the best.10/19/2009
Whether we are headed toward an economic rebound or continuing with the current economic downturn, specialty chemicals manufacturers should take steps now in order to get or keep a competitive edge. But what steps should specialty chemicals manufacturers take? This Special Report will discuss actionable strategies including: Reducing costs while maintaining quality and compliance; Committing not just to "lean manufacturing" but to "lean supply chain" strategies; Implementing "agile manufacturing" practices.12/01/2009
Heat exchanger efficiency is a critical factor in processing productivity, and tube bundles must be kept clear of deposits to maintain that efficiency. Automated high-pressure water jetting systems, with flexible or rigid lances, remove deposits 75% to 90% faster than manual methods and are more operator-friendly.12/14/2009