Calibration of weighing equipment is one of the most important activities within any quality management system. But is a passed calibration enough?
This white paper from Mettler Toledo explores the difference between calibration and adjustment. Uncover why the true value of calibration lies in assessing according to your own tolerances. Learn how to improve your weighing processes by identifying your safe weighing range and how to prevent poor product quality due to weighing devices.12/07/2016
This Chemical Processing eHandbook examines some of today’s Process Safety challenges for chemical manufacturers and some of the best practices that can be implemented to make your operations safer.
Download this Chemical Processing eHandbook for insights and strategies including:
- Walk the Line: Company-wide initiative eliminates operator line-up errors. Learn the steps to recognize the errors and implement the solutions.
- Succeed at Process Safety Management: Follow ten rules to ensure an effective long-term program to make your operations safer.
- Properly Pump Condensable Vapors: Each system has benefits and limitations as well as special considerations for handling hazards mixtures. Find out what you need to know!.
This Chemical Processing Special Report takes a look at how chemicals manufacturers are meeting the various challenges presented by process heaters. We look at solutions to lower costs, lower temperature, save energy, and be more efficient.
Download this Chemical Processing Special Report for insights and strategies including:
- Take a Fresh Look at Heaters: A Simple four-step program can lead to significant savings.
- Don’t Get Heated Up By a Hot Stack: Consider several projects to lower temperatures and recover energy.
- Cut the Cost of Waste Gas Incineration: An RTO often can offer an effective and fuel efficient option.
- Providing High Emissivity Coatings Solutions for Process Heaters
Sponsored By: Hach
In this special report, we explore several ways to identify and solve various water-based utility issues. Find out how to:
- Avoid plant downtime and potential injuries by addressing steam-generation chemistry issues
- Use a reverse osmosis unit for energy savings
- Address inefficient operations and more.
Are you challenged by level measurement issues? Are you looking for more information on control and performance?
This Chemical Processing eHandbook takes a look at how chemicals manufacturers are finding level measurement solutions. Download this Chemical Processing eHandbook and gain access to these articles:
- Neglect Level Control at Your Peril: This first article in a four-part series examines reset mode tuning issues.
- Be Levelheaded About Surge-Tank Control: Vessels used to smooth out flow pose special tuning issues.
- Understand Ultrasonic Sensor Performance: Frequency, beam patterns and a target’s reflection characteristics all play a role.
- Get Data Where and When You Need It: Advances in level sensor technology help to improve inventory management.
Are you looking for proactive solutions to pollution issues? Pondering 2016 regulation challenges? Looking to improve safety, sustainability and cost savings? Considering how to select the right VOC abatement method?
This Chemical Processing eHandbook takes a look at how chemicals manufacturers can meet some of the challenges of Pollution Control issues before they start. Download this Chemical Processing eHandbook for insights and strategies including:
- 2016 Presents Regulation Challenges: Legislation will focus on unfinished business, work plan chemicals and green chemistry efforts?
- Plants Plug Away at Leaks: The quest for improved safety, sustainability and cost savings drives efforts to reduce fugitive emissions.
- Select the Right VOC Abatement Method: There’s no one-size-fits-all approach and use varies greatly by application.
- Increase Sustainability with Thermal Oxidation: The right emission control system can help meet compliance and reduce energy costs.
Industrial vessels of various types are used extensively in the processing of chemicals, petrochemicals, and pharmaceuticals. Applications commonly involve storage or process tanks, drums, blenders, reactors, kettles, mixers, fermenters or shipping containers. In addition, reusable totes and intermediate bulk containers (IBCs) provide for convenient and cost-effective storage and transport. The cleaning of this essential equipment, however, has long been a challenge.
In this Chemical Processing special report learn more about:
How modern impingement cleaning technologies improve safety and sustainability
How one chemical company profits from faster cleaning turnarounds and fully clean totes
Are you feeling challenged by the task of improving your heat exchanger efficiency? Do you have questions about fluids allocation and more efficient tube cleaning?
This report sponsored by NLB takes a look at how manufacturers are meeting these challenges. Download this special report for insights and strategies including:
- Pick the Right Side: Allocating fluids in a tubular exchanger demands care.
- Clean Tube Bundles Efficiently: High-pressure automated water jetting speeds cleaning and reduces downtime.
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.
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.
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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.
How do we make safety in our processes second nature? The concept of inherent safety goes beyond simply not having materials that potentially could damage the pipes, vessels and equipment that make up manufacturing facilities. We need to understand all the ways those materials can be involved in incidents that harm people, the environment and our facilities.
Without a thorough understanding of those scenarios and how they can occur, we can’t properly evaluate the risks posed by different technological approaches and effectively apply inherently safer technologies.
In this Chemical Processing Process Safety eHandbook, we delve in to what it means to embrace the concept of inherent safety and provide tips for safer processing including:
- A variety of strategies that can eliminate hazards from operations
- Improving alarm management – how adopting a pragmatic approach can achieve significant benefits
- A rational approach to combustible dust explosion protection
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
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
Being armed with the knowledge on how to best care for your equipment can produce a myriad of desirable results –improved reliability of that equipment, improved quality of your production and safety for your workforce to name a few. For chemical processors and all manufacturers the benefits for proactively caring for your equipment can translate in to gains in financial performance as a result of decreasing unexpected breakdowns, downtime and maintenance costs. In this Chemical Processing Special Report we take an in-depth look at how to successfully implement an operator care program focused on caring for your plant’s equipment. We also delve deeply into rotary impingement technology and the benefits it brings to manufacturers tasked with tank cleaning to ensure reliable, uncontaminated, quality batches during production.08/25/2015
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
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
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
Thermogravimetric analyzers (TGAs) deliver valuable information about a material’s response to temperature. But while the information they deliver is critical, TGAs themselves tend to be bulky and difficult to use, and can cost tens of thousands of dollars. This paper explores how you can gather the same data as a TGA using an instrument which is considerably easier to use, more durable, and less expensive: the Computrac MAX 5000XL. The materials examined in this paper are certain flue gas desulfurization byproducts—gypsum, calcium sulfite hemihydrate, and calcium hydroxide—but the principles in question can apply to all manner of materials, from biofuels to pet food to landfill waste.
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Optical Dissolved Oxygen Measurement in Power and Boiler Applications
Over the past decade a few trends have started to gain pace within the industry, driving a change in instrumentation requirements for operations managers and plant chemists:
- Maintenance and operations budget cuts have resulted in fewer plant personnel, forcing plant staff to optimize their workload even further
- As the cost of building new power and boiler systems increase, many operators now look to plant life extensions as a solution to bridge gaps in production capacity at a lower investment premium
These trends have changed the requirements in these applications. Starting from these trends, this article analyzes the options for oxygen measurements that are precise, reliable, stable, and above all require low to zero maintenance.04/27/2015