Process Engineering White Papers

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  • Heating Water by Direct Steam Injection

    Direct steam injection provides a solution where large volumes of hot water at precise temperatures are required, and saving space and energy are factors in the system design.

    Pick Heaters
  • Chemical Processing Special Report: Jacketed Heating

    Reactor temperature control typically is very important to product quality, production rate and operating costs whether a processor is employing continuous or batch reactors. And with many process plants currently using steam or hot water to heat jacketed devices such as tanks, kettles, dryers, reactors, glass lined vessels, or similar adaptations such as coiled  tubing placed inside or outside tanks or vessels – much emphasis is placed on achieving optimized control of these processes. In this Chemical Processing Special Report: Jacketed Heating we take a look at:

    • Improving Batch Reactor temperature control - Understand the likely causes and fixes for common problems in reaching set points
    • Rethinking Reactor temperature control - Cascade strategy offers simplicity and fast response
    • Keeping cool when designing Batch Reactors - in designing such a unit, focus on effective temperature control to achieve optimum performance
    • Consider Hot Water for Jacketed Heating - Hot water offers significant advantages over traditional steam-heated systems.

    Download your copy of this Chemical Processing Special Report: Jacketed Heating now!

    Pick Heaters
  • Optimizing the Mixing of Powders into Liquids – Dust-free Induction and Dispersion

    Mixing of powders into liquids should be relatively easy. You pour powder onto the liquid's surface and then mix it in. However, this mixing can be very troublesome in production. This paper examines the various factors involved with mixing powders into liquids and how to avoid potential problems.

    Powder Technologies, Inc.
  • Cybersecurity: Power Industry Locks Down

    The power industry is susceptible to a variety of cyber threats, which can wreak havoc on control systems. Management, engineering and IT must commit to a comprehensive approach that encompasses threat prevention, detection and elimination.

    Power Engineering
  • Anticipating and Resolving Resource Overloads

    This white paper by Project Success Incorporated focuses on the resource that is of greatest concern to most organizations – personnel. In a project management system, personnel resources may be identified as individuals by name or as functional groups, such as computer programmers.

    Project Success Incorporated
  • 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.
  • Measurement Best Practices

    This 9-page PDF discusses way in which you can ensure your measurements are accurate, repeatable and reliable.

  • Theory and practice of pH measurement

    This 43-page guide covers the basic mechanism of pH measurement, the structure of the sensor and its fundamental limitations, and also provides installation, maintenance and troubleshooting guidance.

    Rosemount Analytical
  • 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.
  • Best Practices in Demand and Inventory Planning for Chemical Companies

    It's a classic scenario in chemical manufacturing- struggling to coordinate the opinions of sales with manufacturing and supply chain initiatives on what, when, and where products should be produced. The lack of supply chain coordination can lead to frequent changes in production schedules, expedited shipments, excessive stock outs, poor customer service levels, lack of visibility into future demand, inventory in the wrong place and at the wrong time, and erosion of your margins.

    Ross Systems
  • Successful Process Communications’ Best Kept Secret

    Sure, the process engineer is proud of his HMI (human machine interface) and the operations manager is pleased with his KPI (key performance indicators) dashboard and how effectively the system is running with the implementation of his new MES/MIS solution. The historian and analytic solution get all the credit when a field equipment crisis is averted. Does anyone ever think to thank the lowly driver? Without data, the HMI is just a pretty picture, and the best analytics in the world are only ideas without any basis in fact. Plus, tens or hundreds of thousand dollars are spent on that, while the driver budget isn't even a line item on the spec sheet. The communication arteries and veins reach out to all areas of the field equipment, sending and receiving data, efficiently and tirelessly ensuring the ability to acquire, analyze and adapt to the situations at hand.

    Roy Kok, Kepware Technologies
  • Maximize Returns from Precious-Metal-Bearing Catalysts

    Many catalytic reactions rely on platinum, palladium and other precious metal catalysts. When the activity of the catalyst declines to the point that it must be replaced, the used catalyst can be sent to a refiner to recover precious metal. This 8-page paper discusses the variouis factors that should be considered when using a refiner.

  • Recovering Precious Metals from Spent Chemical Processing Catalysts

    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.

    Sabin Metal Corp.
  • The Five Myths of Refining Precious Metals

    Precious metals are often present in hydrocarbon, petrochemical, and chemical catalysts. Techniques for recovering precious metals have been around for many years; yet many catalyst owners have misconceptions about how their refining organizations work.  In "The Five Myths of Refining Precious Metals", critical information is shared about the chemical processing industry:

    • Crucial aspects of weighing
    • Sampling and analysis of catalysts
    • Methods of catalyst recovery
    • What to look for in a proposal from a precious metals refiner
    • Understanding the cost of quality
    • How to ensure maximum precious metals return value
    • Environmental, ethical, and regulatory compliance issues

    Sabin Metal Corp.
  • Raising Confidence and Driving Business Value with Product and REACH Compliance

    Over the past 10 years, manufacturers have faced an increasing number of compliance and product quality challenges, ranging from new regulations to product recalls. This White Paper details the business case for an integrated and comprehensive view of product and REACH compliance processes. If "done right," it is expected that these improvements to the compliance process can not only provide time and cost savings but also open doors to new markets, lower risks associated with complex supply chains, protect the reputation of the brand, and create a foundation for environmental sustainability.

  • White Paper: Helping Business Users Understand and Measure Data Quality

    Many companies have invested heavily in mission-critical business software initiatives. Much time and effort has gone into deploying sophisticated customer relationship management solutions, adaptive supply chain software, ambitious data migration projects, and other endeavors. All too often, however, these worthy but expensive initiatives fail to deliver anticipated benefits because they’re hobbled by poor data. Download this white paper to learn how to understand and measure your business data for successful application.

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