ABB Introduces Bluetooth-Enabled Drive Assistant Control Panel
The Bluetooth-enabled drive assistant control panel pairs with ABB’s Drivetune mobile app to help optimize and maintain variable speed drives.
ABB introduces the Bluetooth enabled drive assistant control panel, which establishes a wireless connection between the drive and a mobile device. Registering within 246 feet (75m), the control panel pairs with the ABB Drivetune mobile app, an application capable of connecting wirelessly to ABB drives. The Bluetooth enabled drive assistant control panel features a user-friendly interface and intuitive dashboard, according to the company. Drivetune makes it possible to connect with services and data available on the Internet alongside online drive communication, providing a tool for performing basic start-up and troubleshooting tasks. The product allows users to stay clear of hazardous areas when commissioning a drive, reportedly…
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Endress+Hauser Buys German Measurement Technology Firm
Endress+Hauser acquires SensAction AG, a manufacturer of systems for measuring the concentration of liquids.
Endress+Hauser acquires SensAction AG, a manufacturer of systems for measuring the concentration of liquids. The move is reportedly intended to strengthen Endress+Hauser’s quality measurement portfolio. SensAction will remain headquartered in Coburg, Germany and keep its current staff of 13 employees.
SensAction will operate as a division of the Endress+Hauser center of competence for flow measurement technology headquartered in Reinach, Switzerland. Coriolis flow measurement devices from Endress+Hauser can determine mass flow and density.
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SOCMA Sets Date For National Chemical Safety Symposium
Vanessa Sutherland, chairperson of the Chemical Safety Board, highlights the slate of speakers.
Vanessa Sutherland, chairperson of the Chemical Safety Board, highlights the slate of speakers for the Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates’ National Chemical Safety Symposium hosted by ChemStewards. This year’s event will be held at the Houston Marriott West Loop by the Galleria on October 11-12, 2017. The symposium will again focus on process safety, as well as feature discussions with key stakeholders on local, state and federal issues impacting the specialty chemical industry.
The two day-event will kick off on October 11 with a regional roundtable meeting hosted by SOCMA's government relations team from 8 a.m. to noon (CST) and a Safety Symposium Workshop in the afternoon hosted by ChemStewards from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
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Four technologies win funding for further development
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Hydraulic Institute Presents Pump Industry Excellence Awards
Hydraulic Institute honors industry with excellence awards during centennial celebration.
The Hydraulic Institute (HI) awarded the Pump Industry Excellence Awards at the 2017 Annual Conference and Centennial Celebration in Orlando, Florida on March 10, 2017. The inaugural awards recognized pump end-users, owner/operators and engineering consultants that have excelled in applying new pump technologies and optimizing pumping systems when executing their mission, according to HI.
Awards were presented for three categories – energy efficiency, environmental impact and innovation and technology. Four organizations were recognized:
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A well-managed preferred vendor list can yield significant savings.
A typical chemical plant has a wide variety of instruments and equipment. At a larger facility, a number of different people may specify and purchase these devices. Without guidance, this quickly can lead to the use of a host of diverse brands, models and even technologies for similar applications on the site.
Such a situation can create a nightmare for spare parts inventory and for the people responsible for maintaining these devices. To minimize such issues, the best practice is to develop a preferred vendor list with designated brands for given applications. Once established, the facility then can stock parts for these brands and train staff on how to maintain and repair the specific vendors’ devices. With the promise of enough…
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Catalysis Society Honors Researcher
Work on conversion of short-chain hydrocarbons earns recognition
The German Catalysis Society, Frankfurt, has chosen Maricruz Sanchez-Sanchez of the TU München, Munich, Germany, for its 2017 Jochen Block Prize. A chemical engineer, she won the award for her contributions to the understanding of the catalytic conversion of short-chain hydrocarbons into valuable products. She particularly focuses on the oxidative activation of light alkanes, including methane, their reaction in nanoporous solids, and the conversion of methanol to light alkenes.
The prize, which includes €3,000 cash, aims to recognize up-and-coming scientists. More details on the prize and on Sanchez-Sanchez’s background and research focuses can be found here.
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Parker Hannifin Corporation completes its acquisition of Clarcor, Inc.
Parker Hannifin Corporation completes its acquisition of Clarcor Inc., a manufacturer of filtration products, for approximately $4.3 billion in cash, including the assumption of net debt, according to the company. The transaction reportedly creates a combined organization with a comprehensive portfolio of filtration products and technologies.
Under the definitive agreement signed on December 1, 2016, Parker has purchased all outstanding Clarcor shares for $83 per share in cash. The transaction is expected to be accretive to Parker’s cash flow, earnings per share and earnings before tax, interest, depreciation and amortization, after adjusting for one-time costs, according to the company.
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HEI Publishes New Edition Of Tray Type Deaerator Standard
The Heat Exchange Institute releases Standards and Typical Specifications for Tray Type Deaerators, 10th Edition.
The Heat Exchange Institute (HEI) releases Standards and Typical Specifications for Tray Type Deaerators, 10th Edition. The 10th edition of Standards and Typical Specifications for Tray Type Deaerators contains practical information on the design, construction and operation of tray type deaerators and is intended to serve as a guide for individuals who design, purchase and specify these deaerators. The standard has been renamed from its original edition and the content revised to reflect the Institute’s position that the tray type deaerator is the superior design with regard to corrosion resistance and turndown performance.
For more information on purchasing the new edition of the standard, visit: www.heatexchange.org
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Engineers Conjure New Tricks For Motors And Drives
Ongoing innovations, added intelligence and networking let motors and drives serve in unusual applications and replace obsolete equipment.
Just when it seems like today’s sophisticated motors and drives can’t possibly add more efficiencies and capabilities, engineers conjure up new tricks and refinements, followed by end users and system integrators who materialize new settings and challenges where they can make big gains. As usual, the rest of us are left to wonder, “How did they do that?”
This is because, while long-established drives and motor solutions might not appear unusual to most technical professionals and other onlookers, they obviously manifest as lifesavers to those most in need of their capabilities. Necessity doesn’t just lead to invention, it grants new vision along the way.
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Chemical Activity Barometer Posts Strongest Gain In Seven Years
Consumer and business confidence reach levels not seen in decades; optimism is reflected in increased chemical industry activity.
The Chemical Activity Barometer (CAB), a leading economic indicator created by the American Chemistry Council (ACC), posts its strongest year-over-year gain in nearly seven years. The 5.5% increase over this time last year reflects elevated consumer and business confidence and an overall rising optimism in the U.S. economy, according to ACC. Speaking last week, Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen reportedly also referenced a "confidence in the robustness of the economy" as a reason to move forward with an interest rate hike.
The barometer posted a 0.5% gain in March following a 0.5% gain in February and 0.4% gain in January. All data is measured on a three-month moving average (3MMA). Coupled with consecutive monthly gains in the…
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They really must like me, she thought. Even the recruiter who sent her to the company was impressed: the interview lasted over two hours. She had answered all the questions the firm had about her expertise in a particular area of pharmaceuticals.
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TSCA Implementation Remains On Target
The EPA is issuing framework rules on a timely basis
Implementation of the newly amended Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), signed into law last June, is in full swing. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been working hard to meet statutorily imposed deadlines for promulgating three…
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Bechtel Opens Cybersecurity Lab For Industrial Controls
The lab was established to address growing infrastructure security challenges.
Responding to increasing cyber threats to industrial controls and supervisory control and data acquisition systems, Bechtel opens a new cybersecurity lab aimed at protecting equipment and software that control complex government facilities, power plants, chemical plants and other large-scale critical infrastructure. The lab will also leverage Bechtel's experience in designing and implementing National Institute of Standards and Technology Risk Management Framework (NIST-RMF) solutions for its government customers, according to the company.
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Chances are, your compressed air system is the lifeblood of your production line. And although compressed air is vital to production, compressed air optimization projects tend to be myopic, failing to take into account how each piece contributes to plant processes.
A successful optimization project, by contrast, will allow time for analysis of the current state of the entire system. It will rely on a holistic approach to help personnel understand how individual components work together and impact overall efficiency. It will take into account leakage, maintenance, pressure control and energy use and will result in creating a customized plan to move forward. In short, it will depend on looking before you leap.
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New Bio-Steam Facility Reduces AkzoNobel’s Carbon Dioxide Emissions
Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs Henk Kamp commissions new bio-steam supply from energy company Eneco to AkzoNobel.
Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs Henk Kamp, Eneco and Groningen Seaports open a facility that will supply steam from biomass to the chemical park at Delfzijl in the Netherlands, primarily for AkzoNobel's Specialty Chemicals site. Around 10% of total Dutch chemical production comes from Delfzijl and the industry is a major employer in the region. The three parties have jointly invested around €40 million in the project.
Eneco has converted its biomass plant into a combined heat and power (CHP) plant, which provides both electricity and steam from renewable biomass. The steam is transported via a pipeline constructed by Groningen Seaports. The conversion has increased the efficiency of the Netherlands' largest biomass plant: the same…
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