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
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
Perhaps the most critical challenge facing the automation industry is that of aging control systems at or near the end of their product lifecycles. A legacy control system can suffer from technical, functional or supply obsolescence. With a well-planned and executed control system migration, however, plants can improve availability and reliability, while increasing production flexibility. In this Chemical Processing Special Report: Making the Most of Migration, we take a look at: Obsolescence planning – addressing concerns and planning for a successful evolution strategy; Restoration Possibilities – how new tools and innovative methods support and breath new life into aging distributed control systems; DCS Migration; More! Download your copy of this Chemical Processing Special Report: Making the Most of Migration now!08/27/2013
Even though thermal-fluid heating systems have been widely used for over 80 years, they still provoke a certain amount of fear and trepidation in users. This anxiety is reinforced by any number of horror stories that usually involve systems that suddenly develop a "problem" after years of trouble-free operation. This Chemical Processing Special Report: Make the Most of Heat Transfer Fluids delves in to the issues surrounding heat transfer fluids. Learn about:
- Thermal fluids - dispel common myths about hot oil systems
- Avert oxidation - how nitrogen can serve as an inert barrier to prevent heat-transfer fluid from contacting atmospheric air through the expansion tank
- Steam vs. hot oil - a key tradeoff complicates the choice between steam and a hot oil system to heat water
Heat transfer fluids -- from mineral oils to synthetic and organic-based formulas -- are the lifeblood of many critical operations within the process industries. This special, interactive PDF looks at how plant personnel can better understand various fluids and fluid properties, and track the performance of their entire heat transfer system.03/21/2011
Reducing energy consumption and your plants environmental impact is a hot topic. In this Special Report we take a look at the organizational obstacles to avoid, how to enroll your employees in the quest, and the steps you need to take in order to manage your energy costs. We also delve in to practical energy efficient applications such as recovering exhaust heat in air conditioned facilities and the use of carbon synchronous belts.10/01/2008
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
An exciting trend in the world of CMMS is the increasing sophistication of condition-based maintenance (CBM) features and functions vendors offer and maintenance professionals actually use. This Special Report covers:
* Six steps to condition-based maintenance
* Bolster your condition monitoring toolbox
* Protect your condition-monitoring program from the recession guillotine
* Go beyond condition monitoring12/22/2009
For years the industry has been talking green. But what real strides have been made? Will a Presidential Executive Order compel the industry to speed up efforts to actually go green? While pollution prevention was the original goal of green chemistry, todays efforts promise to have a substantial economic impact. This Special Report will bring you up to speed on fruitful efforts to go green including an update on the growing interest in bio-based feedstocks.05/27/2008
Welded vessels play a key role in most processes. However, few plants now have in-depth expertise in materials selection, fabrication and design of such vessels. As a result, plant staff often make errors that can be costly as well as compromise the suitability and life of the vessel. This three-part special report provides practical pointers that can help you avoid common mistakes and get the most appropriate, durable and cost-effective vessel.
- Part 1 looks at a dozen important factors to consider in materials selection, including metal selection and appropriate use of corrosion allowances and coatings. It includes pointers gleaned from first-hand experiences that can help you avoid costly mistakes and delays.
- Part 2 provides tips on how to avoid delays and achieve savings in the fabrication process. It also covers techniques that can improve vessel reliability and thus forestall costly repairs down the road.
- Part 3 gets into design issues. It condenses the 5,000+ pages of the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code into a simple guide when specifying vessels, heat exchangers and tanks. It focuses on 10 key factors.
Download your Chemical Processing special report now.10/28/2014
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
Employ key "green" business technologies to reduce paper consumption, as well as comply with key regulations. Discover how Business Process Management and Document Management solutions can significantly slash material costs, while improving user productivity.08/30/2010
This 15-page PDF whitepaper discusses the relative frequency of silo failure and how you might be able to prevent it from happening.03/08/2005
White paper provides descriptions and the cleaning efficiency levels of the most commonly used tank cleaning practices, including specific case studies on the cost-saving benefits of rotary impingement tank cleaning and CIP optimization vs. standard tank cleaning processes.08/27/2012
L.J. Star’s new 13-page engineering handbook covers the selection and application of sight flow indicators in chemical and pharmaceutical applications. There are many types of sight flow indicators, and the choice of which type is best for a particular application and process system is discussed in detail. A handy reference for experienced engineers and a useful guide for those new to sight flow indicators, it offers a full overview of sight flow indicators, covering design, materials, types of indication, types of glass, accessories, plus installation and maintenance tips.05/14/2013
This 39-page whitepaper discusses the importance of a suitable thermodynamic method for process modelling.03/08/2005
This paper presents best practices that allow the user to quantify the impact of real-world failure causes and to take credit for improvements in system design. Besides selection, it also covers installation and maintenance.08/27/2004
This eight-page PDF whitepaper discusses the importance of transmitter selection for centrifugal compressors. Appropriate selection is especially important in anti-surge and throughput control applications.03/14/2005
This paper describes how to select a transmitter based on best practices instead of the "surge-plus-10%" rule. It presents methodologies and tools to minimize unnecessary energy cost without increasing safety risk.08/27/2004
Plant security is a key priority at many plants. This 10-page paper provides background what the methodology for a plant vulnerability analysis involves. It covers topics such as how to get started, available tools, and risk assessment.04/21/2005