Most chemical processors use precious-metal-bearing catalysts for facilitating and/or speeding chemical reactions. These catalysts are typically composed of platinum group metals (PGMs). After a number of process cycles the catalysts lose their efficacy and must be replaced with fresh catalysts. Spent catalysts are sent to a precious-metals refiner for recovery and refining of the valuable PGMs remaining in this material. Selecting—and working with—a precious-metals refiner is critical to ensure highest possible returns and peace of mind with regard to environmental concerns. Download and read this 22-page white paper to learn more about recovering precious metals from spent catalysts.
Efficient transfer of weighing process data to higher level PLC, MES or ERP systems makes manufacturing processes more efficient and more transparent. But identifying and implementing the most effective system for data transfer and integration can be challenging.
Processing powders can be tricky. During processing, powder properties can be affected by many different factors including if the materials are stored for long periods, if the materials are exposed to moisture, and by fluctuations in the mechanical processes that handle powders. In this Chemical Processing Powder eHandbook, we take a look at technologies and strategies for handling powders including:
Options for large drivers – with a focus on variable-speed electric motors
Innovative level measurement technologies
How shear cell instruments and relative humidity tests can determine a powders flow behavior
Indoor flameless venting – how modern technology can help eliminate the risk of damage and reduce maintenance costs
Learn how to process powders with ease. Download your copy of this Chemical Processing Powder eHandbook now.
Reactor temperature control typically is very important to product quality, production rate and operating costs whether a processor is employing continuous or batch reactors.
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Many industrial plants use dissolved air flotation to remove fats, oils and grease, and suspended solids from wastewater. Chemical additions are often kept higher than necessary to account for variations in influent water quality that are characteristic of industrial facilities. Continuous monitor
Issues related to physical properties, process parameters, electronic features and interconnections can all affect the flow of liquids and gases. Chemical Processors know that many factors such as flow rate, material temperature and liquid viscosity can effect how easily, or difficult it is to process flow. In this Chemical Processing Powder eHandbook, we take a look at technologies and strategies for managing flow including:
Properly positioning interlock valves - the obvious location may not be the most cost effective
How to pick the proper centrifugal pump - the impact of startup conditions and prospective operating points
Five important factors for storage tanks and how to determine the right tank for your needs
Variable area meters – factors to consider when selecting this device for measuring flow
Coriolis flow meters – understand how a straight-tube design provides several advantages for a varnish production application
Understand the many facets of flow. Download your copy of this Chemical Processing Flow eHandbook now.
Automated water jetting removes hardened deposits from tanks and reactors quickly and thoroughly, saving hours of downtime and getting tanks back into service sooner. A new white paper explains high-pressure water jetting, introduces typical equipment, and compares the process with other methods.
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.
Manufacturing organizations face a critical balancing act – achieving the highest levels of efficiency, while ensuring that they are not over or under supplying the marketplace.
This need to be flexible and efficient requires exceptional visibility into all of the factors that influence productivity and output. This white paper will look at the challenges manufacturing organizations face and how automation of key workforce management processes helps manufacturers not only improve efficiency, but also better manage labor spend, reduce compliance risk and improve productivity.
Effectively mixing liquids and solids to create an optimal slurry is one of the perpetual challenges in the chemical industry. This case study demonstrates how an eductor-based mixing system can effectively handle a wide range of materials, utilizing the least amount of floor space, energy and human resources to achieve an optimized process. In addition, the eductor mixing system offers increased efficiencies over a conventional system of mixing by allowing solutions and slurries to be made on demand – as opposed to pre-mixed in large holding tanks. Another important benefit is the system limits exposure to operators, and mitigates issues of delivering solid material in a large vapor space. The design flexibility of an educator-based mixing system offers a high level of customization.
Some chemical makers are missing opportunities to reduce operating costs and increase profits because they aren’t striving to re-engineer and streamline their processes. A plant often can achieve substantial benefits through simplified steps that do more and work better with less complexity. In this Chemical Processing Powder eHandbook, we take a look at strategies and solutions for optimizing powder processing including:
• Streamlining the chemical processing process – enhancing operations by removing complexities that creep in over time
• Suppression systems – How a properly designed and engineered suppression system offers many advantages including explosion aversion
• Mitigating the impact of uncertainty - how the correct weighing system and a proper maintenance schedule can ensure accuracy
Learn strategies for optimizing your powder processing. Download your copy of this Chemical Processing Powder eHandbook now.
The Every Man’s Guide to OPC is an easy-to-read overview of the most popular industrial open connectivity standard - OPC. This paper introduces the main idea behind OPC, shows why OPC is different from conventional (often proprietary) communication protocols, and explains how OPC helps overcome the limitations of such native protocols. Next, the paper explains what the building blocks of OPC are (OPC Clients and OPC Servers) and how they work together to make data-sharing possible.
This guide to OPC helps readers of all technical levels quickly grasp what OPC is and how they can use it.
Chemical makers increasingly are focusing on water-related issues. In particular, concern over availability is spurring leading operating companies to implement a host of novel strategies and technologies to optimize water use. Chemical makers are implementing strategies and solutions to scale back on their overall usage of water, reuse water and put clean water back in to circulation. In this ChemicalProcessing Water Optimization eHandbook we take a look at how chemical companies are dealing with water challenges
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Microwave energy in chemical processing has really come of age over the past few years. Many companies are experiencing the benefits that microwave offers over conventional drying technologies. Other functions include: sterilization, pasteurization, cooking, tempering, dehydration and heating.
While you may have guessed a few of the applications we’re profiling, or may even work with them yourself, we hope at least one or two applications off our list will catch your eye and perhaps start you thinking.
• Analytical Chemistry
• Treatment of Biomass & Biosolids
• Powder Processing
Animal Blood Plasma
• Pyrolysis for Recycling & Waste-to-Energy
Plastics and Rubber
• Petro Chemicals
Spikes in energy costs or unplanned-for capital improvement expenses can put organizations in tricky financial situations. To solve them, they often select the option with the lowest upfront cost which leads to the “pay me now or pay me later” dilemma. Over time it’s discovered that these lower-priced alternatives cost much more due to higher failure rates, wasted energy and more intensive maintenance. This Chemical Processing Steam eHandbook presents steam technologies and strategies for reducing cost associated with using and generating steam including:
How a Texas-based plant pared steam consumption - Thinking differently about energy management lead to substantial savings
Steam trap selection - A life cycle analysis approach can help reduce maintenance and prolong steam trap life
Reduce consumption with a simple formula to determine the proper steam demand for DSI heaters
Learn how to generate savings through steam use and generation. Download your copy of this Chemical Processing Steam eHandbook now.
Oxygen measurement for safety and control is essential for process optimization in many chemical manufacturing processes. This white paper provides application details of probe-style TDL oxygen analyzers.
Chemical processors continually strive to find technologies and solutions for improving system performance and plant uptime. Often working around the clock to process, transfer, and store sometimes hazardous and corrosive chemicals, processors must tackle issues related to physical properties and process parameters. In this Chemical Processing Flow eHandbook, we take a look at what it takes for chemical processors to achieve effective flow management including:
Streamlining processes – how removing complexities that creep in over time can enhance operations
Orifice plates – when insufficient flow conditioning undermines measurement accuracy
CPVC for Chlor-Alkali Applications – why chlorinated polyvinyl chloride offers many advantages over other materials
Understand the many facets of flow. Download your copy of this Chemical Processing Flow eHandbook now.
Bristol-Myers Squibb manually monitored dissolved oxygen (DO) periodically and ran aeration blowers more than necessary to guard against variable loading rates. After upgrading the system to use online DO monitoring operators now have continuous DO readings in the aeration tanks, substantially reducing energy and maintenance costs.
Powders and the dust they create have a tendency to create a myriad of material handling headaches. For example, dust can wreak havoc on the performance and accuracy of many level sensors, rendering them inaccurate and unreliable. Powder particles under the influence of gravity can become compacted resulting in inter-particle friction that may prevent flow movement. In this Chemical Processing Powder eHandbook, we offer a few tips for optimizing powder processing.