Process Engineering White Papers

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  • Pitfalls of pump piping

    This white paper goes over the three major problems associated with poor pump piping and provides five rules to follow in order to avoid future pitfalls.

    Ross Mackay Associates Ltd.
  • Rectifier design for fuel ethanol plants reduces energy

    Plants have traditionally used trays in the distillation columns to produce fuels grade ethanol. Trays of various configurations have been adequate in this service and their technology is well founded. The ever-present desire to reduce the energy needed to produce a gallon of ethanol has opened the doors to structured packings being used in the rectification sections of ethanol distillation columns.

    Sulzer Chemtech USA
  • Biodiesel Fuel From Palm Oil – Too Good to be Used as Fuel?

    The high prices for oil and gas have spotlighted other sources of fuel for internal combustion engines. Biofuel, a fuel derived from ethanol, and biodiesel fuel, a dieselequivalent derived from biological sources, are 2 possible substitutes for petrochemical fuel. Palm oil is increasingly used as feedstock for the production of biodiesel, but certain palm oil fractions have other uses, e.g., in the cosmetics and food industries. Sulzer Chemtech’s technology supports the separation of crude palm oil (CPO) in its valuable constituents.

    Sulzer Chemtech AG
  • The fan repair and rebuild experts

    Before you order brand-new air-moving equipment to replace your worn, corroded, unbalanced equipment, consider the potential benefits of repairing or rebuilding that equipment.

    Robinson Industries Inc.
  • Biodiesel Fuel From Palm Oil – Too Good to be Used as Fuel?

    The high prices for oil and gas have spotlighted other sources of fuel for internal combustion engines. Biofuel, a fuel derived from ethanol, and biodiesel fuel, a dieselequivalent derived from biological sources, are two possible substitutes for petrochemical fuel.

    Sulzer Chemtech USA, Inc.
  • Process Moisture Analysis using FT-NIR

    Manufacturing a pure product can be critically important to the next steps in the manufacture of a powder-based product. As a result the removal of residual moisture and solvents from the crystallization, filtration and drying steps can be crucial to producing a stable product.

    Bruker Optics
  • Managing Complex Equipment Status in a GMP Environment

    Batch manufacturing systems must maintain the status of equipment, including which are available, dirty, out of service, etc. In industries that enforce Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs), additional status types and values for process equipment must be maintained. Rules associated with the equipment status can be complex and involve the equipment class, current equipment state and time in the current state. This paper covers the operator interface used to review the equipment status and the interlocking requirements between the recipe and batch phases based on multiple status types.

  • Securing Batch Control Systems

    Batch process control security is becoming a critical concern for the process control domain, IT technology infrastructure and the business enterprise. This paper explores several key security concerns in batch control system architectures and methods for addressing these issues.

  • Preventing Segregation During Powder Drying

    This 4-page case history by Jeroen van den Berg of Bolz-Summix discusses how changing process conditions within a conical screw dryer eliminated granulation and minimized product segregation.

  • White Paper: Internet Access in a Process Control Environment

    Industrial automation is no longer limited by the walls of a production facility. More and more automation is being handled via remote communication, whether it’s from the office or from the comfort of your own home. Today’s PLCs give you the ability to access your control system to handle such tasks as monitoring via a website to determine the condition of a machine or check other statistics.

    Wago Innovative Connections
  • Clean-in-place operation for thin-cake filtration technologies

    This article discusses the choice of thin-cake (2 – 25 mm) separation technologies and their benefits to optimizing the effectiveness of the production process. The paper continues with a discussion of clean-in-place operations to meet current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) guidelines including riboflavin test and validations.

  • De-bottlenecking A De-iso-butanizer With VG-Plus High Performance Trays

    To maximize a plant’s performance, it is critical to fully understand the equipment being used, their mechanisms of operation, limitations and capabilities. This includes furnaces, exchangers, pumps, and mass transfer devices for distillation columns: fractionation trays, random and structured packing and associated liquid and vapor distributors. The purpose of this paper is to provide an overview of the key factors to successfully revamp with the goal of maximizing capacity without compromising efficiency.

  • Use CFD to Improve Crystallization | Chemical Processing

    In this article, Kumar Dhanasekharan, Ph.D., technical specialist with the computational fluid dynamics (CFD) specialist Fluent, Inc., shows how modelling crystallizers using CFD can help improve process understanding, control crystal size distribution (CSD) and improve pharmaceutical crystallization results.

  • Fieldbus and remote I/O system comparison

    Nine manufacturers participated in the FuRIOS study, which was conduced under the lead of an end user company that compared its use of fieldbus and remote I/O in full detail.

    Aventis, Infraserv GmbH
  • Aseptic PAT and Particle Monitoring

    In this white paper, Mark Hallworth, pharmaceutical manager for Particle Measuring Systems, discusses continuous monitoring methods, how they’re evolving, and why they’re important.

    Particle Measuring Systems
  • The Regional Transport of Ozone

    EPA tracks emissions of six principal air pollutants - carbon monoxide, lead, nitrogen oxides, particulate matter, sulfur dioxide, and volatile organic compounds. All have decreased significantly since passage of the Clean Air Act in 1970 - except for nitrogen oxides.

  • Process Control Network Security - Reference Architecture

    This document describes best practices for the reference architecture for a process control system network and its interfaces to a corporate network. The paper’s objective is to give the reader an understanding of the techniques utilized to securely connect these networks.

  • Design Tips for Sensing Probes

    This application note from Delta Controls outlines selection and installation criteria for using admittance probes to monitor the level of powders, liquids and other materials. Dielectric constants of more than 200 materials are included.

    Delta Controls
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