Process Engineering White Papers

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  • eHandbook: Handle Powders With Care

    Are you looking for more information about handling powders?

    Do you want to prevent problems before they start and consider alternative methods?

    This Chemical Processing eHandbook takes a look at how chemicals manufacturers are meeting the challenges of handling powders. Download this Chemical Processing eHandbook for insights and strategies including:

    • Prevent Problems with Fine Particles: Sampling is crucial and demands particular care.
    • Don’t Err About Fluidization: Consider its under-appreciated advantages and broader utility.
    • Get the Most Out of Your Sterilization Process: Take a close look at two commonly used methods and their associated vacuum technology.
    • More!

    Download your copy of this Chemical Processing Powder eHandbook now.

    05/18/2016
  • eHandbook: Keep Your Cool about Steam Systems

    Are you feeling stressed about your steam systems? Feeling challenged by issues such as energy loss, hot surfaces, plant downtime and personal injury risks?

    This Chemical Processing eHandbook takes a look at how to keep your cool when things get hot in your steam system management. Download this Chemical Processing eHandbook to discover insights and information on:

    • Improving Insulation: Hot surfaces can lead to significant energy losses and pose personal injury risks.
    • Don’t Get Steamed: Avoid plant downtime and potential injuries by addressing steam-generation chemistry issues.
    • Changing Your Approach to Steam System Management: Improve plant productivity and reduce unplanned downtime with this three-step process.
    • More!

    Download your copy of this Chemical Processing Steam System eHandbook now!

    05/12/2016
  • How Signal-to-Noise Ratio Impacts Guided Wave Radar Performance

    Guided wave radar (GWR) technology has been used successfully in industrial applications for over a decade. But not all applications are created equal. There are many factors that determine whether a GWR transmitter will perform well in a given application. One especially significant factor is the difference between the desired signal from a level surface and unwanted reflections that interfere with this signal, known as “signal-to-noise ratio.” Learn how signal-to-noise ratio can impact the performance of GWR transmitters.
    Download the white paper now.

    Magnetrol
    05/03/2016
  • Dry Media Dust Collector or Wet Scrubber?

    Wet scrubbers and dry media dust collectors are two very different technologies used to capture dusts generated during production processes. Both types have inherent advantages and disadvantages. Which is best for your application? The choice is not always clear-cut, but this white paper will help with the decision process by providing a comparison between wet and dry dust collectors. It will outline general parameters for equipment selection with respect to dust properties including combustibility, explosibility, particle size, moisture and adhesiveness. It will also discuss how to apply NFPA 484: Standard for Combustible Metals, the standard that best addresses wet collection. Though NFPA 484 is specific to metals, some of its content can and should apply to nonmetal combustible dusts.

    Download the white paper now.

    Camfil
    04/28/2016
  • eHandbook: Tackle Refining Industry Challenges

    Are you feeling stressed about how to navigate current refining industry challenges? The downstream oil sector has had more than its share of ups and downs recently. Market dynamics, regulatory forces, and advancing technologies are keeping the refining industry on its toes.

    This Chemical Processing eHandbook takes a look at how the refining industry is rising to today’s challenges. Download this Chemical Processing eHandbook to discover insights and strategies including:

    • Rising to the Challenges of Today’s Refining Industry: Focus on performance sustainability and safety to navigate a volatile market.
    • Taming Your Transient Operations: Use a special method to identify and address potential hazards.
    • Minimize Oil and Gas Refinery Downtime: Shutdown and turnaround logistics become easier to coordinate with operational planning tools.
    • Take the Guesswork Out of Corporate Safety: Several key elements help drive long-term success of world-class safety programs.
    • Improve Vacuum Tower Performance: Advanced temperature measurements can help increase yield and product quality.
    • More!

    Download your copy of this Chemical Processing Refining eHandbook now!

     

    04/27/2016
  • Powder eHandbook: Make Solid Progress

    Are you looking for more information about solids processing operations? The practice of chemical engineering underpins chemical processing. Universities teach design methods for unit operations such as distillation and heat transfer. However, colleges seldom cover solids processing operations. If any discussion takes place, it only focuses on basic particle physics issues related to drag and turbulence. Yet, many processes require extensive handling of solids.

    This Chemical Processing eHandbook takes a look at how chemicals manufacturers are meeting the challenges of solids processing head on. Download this Chemical Processing eHandbook for insights and strategies including:

    • Solve Solids Processing Conundrums: Understand more about the unique issues posed by solids and why it is crucial for success.
    • Measure Viscosity to Improve Your Mixing Process: Get tips on how to select the proper measuring instrument to better monitor your product quality.
    • Make Some Sense of Sensors: Learn more about the variety of solutions that exist for flow level detection and inventory management.
    • Consider Used Equipment: Get some guidelines to help you select the right pre-owned machine for an application.
    • More!

    Download your copy of this Chemical Processing Powder eHandbook now.

    02/17/2016
  • Powder eHandbook: Get a Better Handle on Your Solids Process

    Getting a better handle on Solids Process is an on-going challenge for chemical processors. Are you struggling with multiphase sampling? Do you want to conquer pilot plant challenges? Do you want to learn more about how automatic sampling can help control process safely?

    This Chemical Processing eHandbook takes a look at how chemicals manufacturers are meeting these challenges head on. Download this Chemical Processing eHandbook for insights and strategies including:

    • Don’t Be Fazed By Multiphase Sampling: An isokinetic system can provide accurate samples;
    • Conquer Pilot Plant Challenges: Use design of experiments to minimize the number of runs and ensure meaningful data;
    • Case Study: Sampler Helps Control Process Safely: Automatic samplers can be key to ensuring process samples are repeatable and reliable;
    • More!

    Download your copy of this Chemical Processing Powder eHandbook now.

    11/10/2015
  • Training Your Staff About Energy Efficiency -- A Chemical Processing Special Report

    From process engineers to plant managers, it is critical that everyone plays a role in implementing and adhering to energy efficient practices and exploring ways to improve energy efficiency. This special report takes an in-depth look at how organizations can increase profitability by educating and training their staff to understand the importance of energy. Topics covered include:

    • Energy Saver- Educate Your Peers
    • Train Your Operators on Energy Efficiency
    • Train Your Project Manager on Energy Efficiency
    • Train Your Plant Manager on Energy Efficiency
    • Some training courses are worth the price
    • Energy Saver: Do Your Own Stream Survey
    • Direct Stream Injection Hot Water Systems for Jacketed Heating
    • Innovation in Direct Stream Injection Heaters Since 1945

    Pick Heaters
    10/06/2015
  • Wastewater eHandbook: Avoid the Whirlpool

    Today’s global challenges — climate change, water scarcity, food provision, declining ecosystem services, human development, and the overall transition to a sustainable society and planet — require solutions of unprecedented scale. Public policy and behavior change will play a significant role in addressing these challenges. So, too, will business and technology. In the decades ahead, these challenges offer tremendous opportunity for organizations that can contribute to tackling them.

    This Chemical Processing eHandbook takes a look at how chemicals manufacturers are meeting these challenges head on. Download this Chemical Processing eHandbook for insights and strategies including:

    • How organizations such as Dow, Solvay, Dupont and BP are adapting strategies for their water conservation efforts;
    • How a new purification process that’s carbon-negative and energy-positive can save energy;
    • Why sustainability metrics spur product development efforts to improve conservation efforts
    • More!

    Download the eHandbook now.

    09/16/2015
  • eHandbook: Leverage These Level Best Practices

    Level measurement, which is the detection of the phase split between vapor/liquid, liquid/liquid, vapor/solid and even liquid/solid, is a key parameter in the operation and control of modern industrial processes. A reliable outcome depends on the phase conditions being relatively consistent under all process conditions. Unfortunately, the importance of level control isn’t always understood. In this Chemical Processing Level Instrumentation eHandbook, we discuss best practices for level management including:

    • Interpret Level Readings Right – how the type of instrument can make a big difference in deciphering measurements
    • Choose the Correct Level Sensor – key considerations and questions for identifying the most appropriate choice
    • Customize Your Level Detection – a myriad of options help you achieve optimal level indicator performance

    Download your copy of this Chemical Processing Level Instrumentation eHandbook now.

    08/12/2015
  • Steam eHandbook: Take the Heat Off Your Steam System

    According to a U.S. Department of Energy survey, steam accounts for one-third of all the energy used in process plants. Monitoring and optimizing the cost of your steam system can yield big rewards. Ignoring inefficient operation easily could drain profits.

    Operating and maintaining a reliable steam system is vital to chemical processing plants and can have significant cost impact on a plant's annual budget. Typical profit drainers in operating and maintaining a steam system include excessive fuel cost, inefficient steam generation, less-than-optimal steam utlilization and poor condensate recovery. This Chemical Processing Steam eHandbook presents strategies for reducing cost associated with using and generating steam, a 4 step approach for improving efficiency and insight on heat exchanger selection criteria. Specifically:

    • Control Steam System Energy Costs - Steam system losses can silently drain profits
    • Optimize Your Steam System - A simple four-step approach can improve steam efficiency
    • Head Off Exchanger Errors - Selecting the most-appropriate heads for a shell-and-tube unit is crucial

    Learn how to generate savings through steam use and generation. Download your copy of this Chemical Processing Steam eHandbook now.

    06/29/2015
  • Powder eHandbook: Tame Your Pesky Powders

    A material’s characteristics – adhesiveness, cohesiveness, aeratibility, pressure-sensitivity – often change during processing and can cause both flow and hidden hazard challenges. And while poor flow is one of the most common problems encountered in handling or storing solids, dust control issues also need to be identified and addressed. This includes combustible dust as the repercussions can result in costly downtown and in some instances, explosions, serious injury and possibly even death. In this Chemical Processing Powder eHandbook, we take a look at strategies and solutions for taming pesky powder processing challenges including:

    • Defuse Dust Dangers - Carefully consider and then counter risks of fire and explosion
    • Clamp Down On Clumping - First understand what’s really causing the problem
    • What You Don’t Know About Powder Flow - Shear cells can quickly reveal information about flow behavior
    • Know Your Vacuum Pumps - Understand the differences between liquid ring and rotary screw dry pumps for distillation

    Learn how to tame your pesky powder challenges. Download your copy of this Chemical Processing Powder eHandbook now.

    05/27/2015
  • CP eHandbook: Waylay Wastewater Worries

    The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), London, has released its Global Water Report 2014. Water challenges, especially in the chemicals industry have not diminished and in fact, are becoming an increasingly larger concern for processors. As stated by Paul Simpson, CEO of the CDP , “Leading companies increasingly recognize that business-as-usual approaches to water management are no longer sufficient.” Download this Chemical Processing eHandbook for:

    • Additional findings from the latest CDP report – with a focus on the chemicals industry
    • An overview on simple monitoring actions and how adopting best practices may lead to significant savings
    • How water conservation efforts can pay off
    • How to handle more flow – success often depends upon lowering head losses or raising pump pressure

    Download your copy of this Chemical Processing Water WasteWater eHandbook now.

    03/18/2015
  • Not all CPVC Piping Systems Perform the Same

    Since its introduction to the market in 1959 by The Lubrizol Corporation, chlorinated polyvinyl chloride (better known as CPVC) has proven to be an attractive alternative to traditional industrial metallic piping systems in a wide variety of chemical process environment by offering a more reliable, long-term performance than many other materials.

    02/04/2015
  • Chemical Processing’s eHandbook: Improve Flow Management

    Half the battle with flow is choosing the proper equipment. Indeed, flow meter selection and specification is crucial. With the wrong choice you’ll be floundering or worse. In addition, process engineers identify “oversizing” as the number one control valve problem. In this Chemical Processing Flow eHandbook, we identify tips to improve flow including:

    • How to match the flow meter to the service
    • How to handle more flow
    • How to properly size control valves
    • How to tackle biogas flow measurement challenges

    Learn more about these best flow practices. Download your copy of this Chemical Processing Flow eHandbook now.

    01/28/2015
  • Special Report: Consider these Safety Instrumented Best Practices

    For chemical processors, assuring safe operations is always top of mind. In this Chemical Processing Special Report we take a look at three distinct areas of operations and steps to insure best safety practices in each.

    • HIPS for Reactive Processes – how this safety-instrumented systems offer advantages over pressure relief valves
    •  HART DIAGNOSTICS - in safety instrumented system (SIS) field devices have been used for many years by several different SIS vendors. HART diagnostics provide much more information on the health of a field device than can be determined from a standard 4–20 mA signal.
    • Proof testing  - how this modern method improves efficiency, reduces errors, and meets compliance requirements

     

    Emerson
    01/20/2015
  • The Five Myths of Refining Precious Metals

    Precious metals are often present in hydrocarbon, petrochemical, and chemical catalysts. Techniques for recovering precious metals have been around for many years; yet many catalyst owners have misconceptions about how their refining organizations work.  In "The Five Myths of Refining Precious Metals", critical information is shared about the chemical processing industry:

    • Crucial aspects of weighing
    • Sampling and analysis of catalysts
    • Methods of catalyst recovery
    • What to look for in a proposal from a precious metals refiner
    • Understanding the cost of quality
    • How to ensure maximum precious metals return value
    • Environmental, ethical, and regulatory compliance issues

    Sabin Metal Corp.
    01/13/2015
  • CP eHandbook: Consider These Water Best Practices

    Water is a critical utility at process plants, often serving both as a heating and a cooling medium. Many process plants rely on this water for processing and other applications. Providing the water, usually by heating via steam coils or direct steam injection nozzles, takes significant energy. In this Chemical Processing Water eHandbook we take a look at water best practices including:

    • How to cut energy consumption in water systems in both hot and cold water applications
    • Polymer piping - we identify benefits over metallic systems
    • TOC analysis challenges - techniques that address barriers to standard online TOC measurement methods

    Download your copy of this Chemical Processing Water WasteWater eHandbook now.

    12/12/2014
  • Special Report: Pay Attention to Water

    Economic growth, industrialization and population growth are driving the increasing  demand for water, while factors such as climate change, pollution and regulation are affecting the supply and costs related to water.” The chemical industry, being highly water intensive, certainly is exposed to water-related risks. Any efforts to manage these risks and capitalize on opportunities begin with the measurement and appreciation of how water may impact business, followed by the development of strategies to protect the business both now and in the future. In this Chemical Processing Special Report we take a look at water challenges and potential solutions for chemical processors including:

    • Water-related risks and opportunities
    • How chemical makers strive to cut water consumption and improve treatment
    • The Importance of visible TOC levels

    11/18/2014
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