Process Engineering White Papers

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  • Special Report: Take Stock of Your Stacks

    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
    • More!

    Download your copy of this Chemical Processing Special Report now.

    HarbisonWalker International
    09/21/2016
  • eHandbook: Understand Control and Other Issues in Level Measurement

    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.
    • More!

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

    07/20/2016
  • CP Pollution Control eHandbook: Preclude Pollution Problems

    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.
    • More!

    Download your copy of this Chemical Processing Pollution Control eHandbook now.

    06/21/2016
  • Special Report: Wash Away Your Tank Cleaning Challenges

    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

    Download now.

    Alfa Laval
    06/08/2016
  • Special Report: Improve Heat Exchanger Efficiency

    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.
    • More!

    Download your copy of this Special Report on Heat Exchanger Efficiency now.

    05/25/2016
  • 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
  • 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
  • Special Report: Focus On Better Equipment Care For Increased Productivity

    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.

    Download the special report now.

    Gamajet
    08/25/2015
  • 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
  • Loss-On-Drying vs. Thermogravimetric Analysis

    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.


    Download the white paper now.

    AZI
    05/12/2015
  • Optical System Sets New Standards in Oxygen Measurements

    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.

    Download the white paper now.

    Hach
    04/27/2015
  • Eastman Deploys ProjectWise to Drive Collaboration, Greater Efficiency, and Cost Savings

    Eastman Chemicals, one of the world’s largest chemical companies, recently decided to strengthen their information security and reliability, as well as develop a path forward to lower software maintenance costs. This Case Study shows how Eastman achieved their goals by globally standardizing on Bentley's ProjectWise software in order to replace an aging, but critical, in-house records management system. The ProjectWise solution has enabled Eastman to significantly reduce their IT costs, and is helping them achieve greater security of their vital plant information while providing a modern data-centric environment to move beyond engineering records into asset performance improvement.

    Download the white paper now.

    Bentley
    04/14/2015
  • CP Reliability eHandbook: Manage Your Assets

    Reliability programs are now standard business practice in companies that rely heavily on machines, equipment and other physical assets. However, plants are continually challenged in identifying new and cost-effective ways to ensure their assets are performing and that they are managing to minimize operational risks. In this Chemical Processing Reliability eHandbook we take a look at proactive approaches for improving reliability and maintenance in today’s processing plant including:

    • Rotating equipment - how to take advantage of improved internals and better seals
    • Meeting process requirements and protecting equipment with strainers
    • Insights from surface temperature measurements and the critical role IR thermography is to maintenance

    Download your copy of this Chemical Processing Reliability eHandbook now.

    11/14/2014
  • Filtering Samples to On-Line Process Analyzers

    Increasingly precise process control strategies, often linked to computer control, have accelerated the use of sophisticated on-line chemical composition analyzers in plant applications. Instruments such as gas and liquid chromatographs, ion chromatographs, laser optic instruments, atomic absorption instruments and specific ion analyzers, which were rarities in laboratories ten years ago, are now found routinely in plant settings.

    While continuing miniaturization and “rugged-ization” of the electronics are making the instrumentation circuitry more tolerant of the plant environment, the level of contamination in plant samples compared to laboratory samples continues to plague the process. This white paper reviews  the factors in plant operation that may affect the deliverability of acceptable samples  and provides guidelines for addressing these factors.

    Parker
    11/04/2014
  • Special Report: Protect Process Control Systems

    In the decade before Stuxnet attacked process control systems in Iran, there were just five known supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) vulnerabilities for all control systems in the world, according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT). In 2011, the year after Stuxnet, that vulnerability count jumped to more than 215. Last year, it reached 248. No surprise then that Chemical makers are increasingly focusing on protecting their process control systems from intrusion both from the inside and outside. In this Chemical Processing Special Report: Protect Process Control Systems, we take a look at:

    • How to better protect your control system - "Defense in depth" is crucial, and new and maturing technologies may help
    • Cyber Security Challenges - learn about countermeasures to protect control systems
    • Case Study: A vulnerability assessment reveals critical gaps in the security of a natural gas pipeline
    • How to mitigate security risks in legacy process control systems  - several steps can help protect against threats and extend the life of legacy equipment

    Learn how to secure your process control systems - and your plant. Download your copy of this Chemical Processing Special Report: Protect Process Control Systems now.

    10/29/2014
  • Choosing the Correct Emission Control Technology

    Increasingly stringent clean air standards and heightened concerns over greenhouse gas emissions are driving technology enhancements in the chemical processing industry. This white paper explains some of the abatement challenges this industry faces and demonstrates how many chemical processors are integrating newer, more efficient emission control technologies for the destruction of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) and Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAPs).

    The paper also includes a case study, demonstrating how one Pure Terephthalic Acid (PTA) plant saved nearly one million dollars by upgrading to a newer thermal oxidizer technology.

    Anguil
    10/01/2014
  • eHandbook: Improve Your Maintenance Practices

    More than 25% of maintenance done today is unnecessary and can introduce additional failure risks. Developing and implementing predictive maintenance strategies and practices can lead to improved safety and reduced operating costs. In this Chemical Processing eHandbook, we take a look at strategies and solutions for overcoming predictive maintenance challenges including:

    • Asset management software - identifying the most relevant and accurate data on which to build maintenance and repair strategies
    • The importance of maintenance on smaller component - using gauges as early warning devices can improve uptime, safety and profits
    • Uncovering important insights from your data and the use of statistics such as regression analysis for emulating pump curves or control valves

     
    Download your copy of this Chemical Processing Predictive Maintenance eHandbook now.

    09/26/2014
  • Tank Blanketing in Hydrocarbon Processing Facilities

    During industrial manufacturing, many companies use a wide variety of chemicals from methanol, acetone and benzene to foodstuffs like wine and edible oils stored in large tanks at different points in the manufacturing process. In a technique called “chemical tank blanketing,” or “padding” nitrogen is commonly applied to protect chemicals stored in tanks against contamination, degradation or chemical change as well as to prevent fire or explosions. This white paper first discusses blanketing basics and benefits. It reviews considerations for tank blanketing  systems and discusses a newer approach, which is typically more  cost effective for most applications, is that of generating nitrogen on-demand in the plant itself.

    09/12/2014
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