Hygiene Defines Instrument Selection In Biotech
The American Society of Mechanical Engineers developed bioprocessing equipment standards specific to the requirements of hygienic industries.
Pharmaceutical manufacturing is heavily regulated, though standards designed to guide the selection of measurement and analytical instrumentation for sterile processes are not completely defined. To fill the void, some companies — and even individual plants — have created their own internal guidelines for instrument selection and verification to meet U.S. Food and Drug Administration current good manufacturing practices (cGMPs).
With the need for a comprehensive set of standards clear, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) developed bioprocessing equipment standards specific to the requirements of hygienic industries. The resulting ASME BPE (Bioprocessing Equipment) standard addresses materials, design, fabrication,…
Global Gas Analyzer Market Will Grow Through 2020
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Emerson And OSIsoft Introduce PI Connector For HART-IP
The software simplifies access to HART field device information and feeds it to numerous diagnostic and process optimization packages.
Emerson Process Management and OSIsoft introduce the OSIsoft PI Connector for HART-IP, a link between HART field devices and OSIsoft’s PI System enterprise software infrastructure for managing streaming sensor data in real time. The PI Connector for HART-IP automatically maps wired and WirelessHART devices to the asset structure in the PI Server.
Emerson develops and deploys diagnostic and optimization packages that analyze field device information. The PI Connector for HART-IP leverages the PI System to provide information to these application suites, according to the company.
The connector was jointly developed as an extension of OSIsoft’s capability. The PI Connector for HART-IP reportedly reduces the cost and effort needed to…
Wireless Network Improves Leak Detection
Rockwell Automation And Cisco Release Wireless Design Guide
Emerson Updates DeltaV DCS
ISA100 Wireless Standard Approved By IEC
Advances in gas analyzer technology are predicted to drive the global gas analyzer market until 2020.
According to the latest research study released by Technavio, the global gas analyzer market is expected to reach $465.1 million in revenue by 2020. A research report titled, “Global Gas Analyzer Market 2016-2020,” provides an in-depth analysis of market growth in terms of revenue and emerging market trends. The market research report also includes up-to-date analysis and forecasts for various end-user segments, including oil and gas, power, chemical, food and beverage and pharmaceuticals, according to Technavio.
“Vendors are equipping gas analyzers with PC-based solutions, which function on Windows or Linux OS and store data on the hard disk drive. The gas analyzers can send real-time data to a data logger through the Ethernet…
Emerson Analyzer Is Certified For Use In Explosive Dust Areas
Spectroscopy Offers Endless Possibilities For Process Control
ABB Brochure Features In-Situ Analyzers
How would you characterize your site's interest in using in-process analyzers?
Level eHandbook's Four-Part Series
Cecil L. Smith offers his expertise in a series of articles on level control focused on proportional-integral control and use of nonlinear control equations as well as cascade control.
Part 1: Neglect Level Control at Your PerilThis first article in a four-part series examines reset mode tuning issues.Part 2: Be Levelheaded About Surge-Tank ControlVessels used to smooth out flow pose special tuning issues.Part 3: Avoid Vessel Level TripsNonlinear control equations provide important advantages.Part 4: Control Level with a CascadeThis requires different thinking about master and slave loops.
Check out the Level eHandbook, Understand Control and other issues in Level Measurement, that housed these four articles for even more level advice.
Pepperl+Fuchs Breaks Ground On Texas Engineering Center
The new 110,000-square-foot facility, expected to be complete by summer of 2017, replaces an existing 20,000-square-foot space.
Pepperl+Fuchs, a provider of process automation applications for the oil and gas industry, breaks ground today on a new engineering center in Katy, Texas. The 110,000-square-foot facility, expected to be complete by summer of 2017, replaces an existing 20,000-square-foot space. It will house an expanded Solutions Engineering Center, a customer training area, automated warehouse space and expanded distribution facilities. The development signifies Pepperl+Fuchs’ long-term investment and commitment to Houston’s oil and gas industry, according to the company.
Pepperl+Fuchs’ Solutions Engineering Center is staffed with a team of engineers who design, build and certify customized solutions on site for process automation in hazardous…
Magnetrol Report Examines Advantages Of Range Spring/LVDT Technology
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AIChE Announces Safety & Health Virtual Meeting
Experts will share their thoughts on a variety of topics and entertain Q&A.
The American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) will host its Safety & Health Division meeting on July 26 at 9:30 a.m. ET. The 90-minute virtual meeting will feature several speakers including Amy Theis, Safety & Health Division chair; Shakeel Kadri, executive director, Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS); Rich Sarnie, director, CCPS projects; and Vanessa Allen Sutherland, chairperson, U.S. Chemical Safety Board.
The meeting will include time for Q&A from audience members. Non-AIChE members may attend.
Click here for more information and to add the meeting to your calendar.
Safety Instrumented Systems: Bridge the Gap
How Safety System Fundamentals Save Lives
Poll Question: Does staff complacency affect process safety efforts?
Process Puzzler: How To Cope With Glue-Processing and Staff-Conflict Problems
Step Up Debottlenecking Success
A model-based approach to incremental expansion can provide crucial insights.
As long as the chemical and refining industries have existed, owners and operators have challenged their plants to generate more revenue by incrementally expanding, or debottlenecking, capacity beyond the nameplate rating. One straightforward…
Engineering: Stupidity Endures
World Economic Forum Urges Innovation
Don’t Trust Data Sheets
Process Modeling Software: Get Real About Your Simulations
Solar-Powered Manufacturer Observes Milestone
NewAge Industries obtains all its electricity from renewable resources.
Plastic tubing manufacturer NewAge Industries observes the fifth anniversary of its rooftop solar panel array and green power system this month. The array, consisting of over 4,000 solar panels, generates one megawatt of electricity annually, according to the company.
Before implementing the system, NewAge had reportedly taken other steps toward greening its carbon footprint including replacing all windows, adding screens to dock doors for natural ventilation, upgrading lighting, replacing manufacturing equipment motors with energy-efficient versions and properly recycling e-waste. It is estimated that the solar panel system will pay for itself in electricity savings in about four more years, according to the company.
Prevent Metering Pump Mayhem
Pick The Proper Flow Meter
EnPro Will Acquire Rubber Fab Gasket & Molding
Pick the Proper Valve
Powder Handling: Stop What You’re Doing
Challenging existing practices may spur significant improvements
An old adage says, “To get what you want, stop doing what isn’t working.” In industry, we often fall into a routine set by operational procedures aimed at ensuring a safe workplace and cost effectiveness. We rarely question the current practice and review alternatives. In solids processing, many myths and superstitions get perpetuated because we don’t fully understand the way nature works or the person who developed the procedure failed to explain it completely.
For instance, in planning an expansion, the choice of dryer came up for review. The existing operation used rotary dryers that often over-dried the product or even melted it on the lifters, requiring a significant amount of downtime. The product was very cohesive even when…
Kason Expands Test Lab
Rheology Researcher Wins Award
Solids Processing: Prevent Problems with Fine Particles
Swiss Manufacturer Gericke Expands U.S. Operations
Better Biofuel Process Beckons
One-pot technique using engineered bacteria could potentially lower production cost.
A process that uses engineered bacteria to streamline production could make biofuels a viable competitor to fossil fuels, believe researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), Berkeley,…
Electricity Boosts Allylic Oxidations
Eco-Friendly Ethylene Production Beckons
Water Buoys Organic Synthesis
Biocatalyst Boasts Benefits
More Efficient Wastewater Treatment Looms
New technologies could lead to greener, less-expensive manufacturing processes
Two advances in wastewater treatment technology promise to save significant amounts of energy and improve processing efficiency.
The first, by scientists at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore, involves a new type of nanofilter that…
Linde Plans Large-Scale ASU In Southeast U.S.
Distillation: Conquer Column Challenges
Metamaterial Promises to Enhance Separations
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Ease Burner Management System Upgrades
Brownfield installations can reap significant savings from a templatized approach.
Many plants must contend with outdated burner management systems (BMSs) on all sorts of equipment — boilers, process heaters, thermal oxidizers, incinerators, reformers, vaporizers, dryers, ovens, sulfur recovery units, kilns, calciners, furnaces,…
Assess Heat Exchanger Performance
Energy Saver: Make Your Processes Smarter
Make the Most of Your First Turnaround
Processing Equipment: Consider Gas Engines
These versatile and reliable drivers suit a variety of applications.
Gas-fueled internal-combustion engines fueled by gas play an important role at many chemical plants as drivers for equipment such as compressors, pumps, generators and blowers. These engines often handle a variety of services at a site — for…
What The Industrial Internet of Things Means For Compressed Air
Bridge Batch and Continuous Operations Better
Emerson Releases Energy Savings Advisor
2016 Supplier Source Guide Directory
No Quick Fix To Improve Quality
Strengthen four pillars to build lasting excellence for quality in development: organizational structure; process ownership and improvement responsibilities; skills, capabilities and tools; and quality metrics.
Drug development programs are no exception to the rising importance of quality for pharmacos. Increasing demands by regulators and business partners have made it imperative for quality functions to have scientifically sound processes for review and assurance, rather than solely fulfilling the requirements set out in regulatory guidelines. Regulators have increased enforcement of compliance, especially for vendors and other third parties and for trials conducted outside the European Union and U.S. used for EMA or FDA registration. Indeed, the number of warning letters relating to GCP and GLP has more than doubled in the past five years. At the same time demand is increasing for an evidence-based approach to development activities. This…
Buying Used Equipment Is A Smart Move
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Asset Management: Assemble An IIoT Recon Team
Dow Plans To Eliminate 2,500 Jobs
Dow will cut 2,500 jobs after Dow Corning takeover.
Dow Chemical plans to eliminate 2,500 jobs and close plants in North Carolina and Japan in the aftermath of its Dow Corning silicone venture takeover, according to an article from Bloomberg. The job cuts reportedly represent 4% of Dow’s workforce.
According to the article, Dow raised its goal for cost savings from the takeover by $100 million. The company reportedly paid $4.8 billion for Corning’s 50% share in the 72-year-old joint venture. The deal was completed earlier this month.
Read the entire article here.
ACC Issues Economic Profile Of American Chemistry
Environmental Concerns Drive Global Soy-Based Chemicals Market
ACC Notes Soft Start To Second Quarter
Chemical Processing Economic Snapshot Ending March 2016
Knowledge Sharing: Umbrella Groups Reign
Organizations foster collaboration to tackle industry challenges
Third parties can provide an effective means to pool the knowledge and insights of multiple chemical companies or jointly fund projects to address areas of mutual interest. Many engineers undoubtedly know of several such umbrella organizations —…
Achieve Better Safety Training
Should You Work as a Contractor?
Poll: How effective is your site in training new engineers?
10 Tips To Succeed In Commissioning
Grasp the Gravity of the New TSCA
Business Efforts Bolster Climate Accord
Dow Water Reuse Initiative Earns Project Of The Year
Miox Acquisition Rounds Out Johnson Matthey Water Purification Business
Forestall Fugitive Emissions
Consider two crucial design elements before selecting a valve
Limiting leakage of harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from valves is a business imperative for chemical manufacturers. Process plants must curb such emissions to comply with increasingly stringent regulations, and to protect workers,…
MilliporeSigma Extends Risk Assessment Program
How To Master Regulatory Inspections
Significant revisions to the law greatly expand the EPA’s authority
The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act makes seismic changes in domestic industrial chemical management. If you think the extensive revisions to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) enacted on June 22, 2016, don’t…
Use of Safer Chemicals Gets New Scrutiny
EPA Seeks to Revise Risk Management Program
Energy Department Seeks Proposals For New Manufacturing Institute
Plant-Floor Operators Tap IT For Cyber-Security Strategy
10-step methodology improves cyber security.
Just as kids in the higher grades know more than their younger classmates, business and mainstream computing have been digitized, networked and subject to cyber-threats longer than their plant-floor and industrial counterparts. Because they have more experience dealing with cyber security, information technology (IT) departments also have more knowledge than their operations technology (OT) counterparts about how to protect against probes, intrusions and attacks—even though compromised credit card numbers or stolen intellectual property aren't as serious as hijacked, damaged or destroyed process systems and injured or killed personnel. The good news is that OT is catching up by using more IT-style tools.
"In the age of pneumatics, there…
EY And GE Digital Align For IIoT
National Security Prevents EPA From Disclosing Dangerous Chemical Plants
Schneider Electric Attains Cybersecurity Certification
Chemical Safety Board Opens Up
Revamp Operations Now!
Intentional Fire Caused West Fertilizer Blast
New series of interactive videos puts participants in the midst of an event
Two problems frequently afflict plant safety efforts. First, engineers repeat mistakes that caused serious accidents at other sites because they never learned or have forgotten the lessons the initial mishap taught, warned the late safety guru…
Avoid Issues in Process Safety Management Compliance
CP Poll: Would you actually whistleblow?
Corporate Misdeeds? You Must Blow the Whistle!
Poll: Are details of safety incident near-misses shared among staff?
Process Puzzler: Preclude Phosgene Perils
Optimize Compressed Air System Controls
Evaluate system design, load profile and plant demand to determine your control strategy.
Process plants use compressed air for several different purposes including conveying, process controls and actuators, process gas compressing, etc. Interestingly, compressed air is probably the most expensive utility stream in the industry on a per…
Grillo Converts Methane To MSA
Air Liquide Acquisition Of Airgas Is Complete
The Connection Between CFM Demand & Energy Efficiency
Scientists Pull Uranium From Seawater
The U.S. Department of Energy is funding a project to extract uranium from the Earth's oceans.
The U.S. Department of Energy is funding scientists from Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in their quest to extract uranium from the Earth’s oceans, according to an article from Scientific American. Building on the work of Japanese researchers, the scientists have reportedly developed a material that can effectively pull uranium from seawater.
According to the article, the Earth’s seawater holds 4 billion tons of uranium, enough to power all the world’s cities for hundreds of years. Stephen Kung of the DOE's Office of Nuclear Energy is cited as saying finding alternatives to uranium ore mining is a necessary step in the future of nuclear energy. Thus far, the process reportedly remains…
Pump Out Energy Inefficiencies
Industry Harnesses Solar Energy
Kayo Carbon Buildup In 7 Steps
Carbon can lead to system fouling but these steps can maintain or reduce carbon levels.
A plant operating at high temperature for prolonged periods of time will see thermal degradation of its heat transfer fluids. One common byproduct of this process is the formation of “heavy” or long-chain hydrocarbons, which are detected by measuring the carbon content of a fluid. The accumulation of carbon in a heat transfer fluid, and thus a thermal plant, can potentially reduce a plant’s production output. A number of interventions can be used to maintain or reduce the presence of carbon in a fluid; these approaches are outlined here.
A heat transfer fluid (HTF) is central to many processes requiring heat to manufacture or produce, for example, processed foods, chemicals, or energy. All HTFs degrade over time and form a mixture of…
Tutorial Touts Heat Transfer Fluids Best Practices
How often does your site check the condition of its heat-transfer fluids?
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Energy Saver: Understand Impact Analysis
Biological Wastewater Treatment: Really Get Bugged
Biological treatment can handle many industrial wastewater streams.
BP management had its doubts. John Eastman’s proposal was to eliminate NH3 from wastewater at the firm’s chemical plant in Lima, Ohio, using a two-stage bioreactor. It started with aerobic nitrosomonas bacteria converting NH3 to nitrites in…
Water Treatment Market Is Set For Strong Growth
Nationwide Boiler Embarks On Massive Mobile Unit
Wastewater Treatment Device Blows Up, Kills Two
Focusing on an implementation’s true consequences can lead to more cost-effective results
Undertaking an energy assessment can be a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be if the energy expert can understand and follow an “impact analysis.” So, this column will cover this methodology and cite a few examples of how to undertake an impact analysis while doing energy assessments.
Published ASME standards for energy assessments provide a good starting point and offer guidelines for conducting these assessments. Nevertheless, our resources — budgets, human resources, and time — are always limited. Hence, there’s a strong need to undertake energy assessments from an impact-level perspective and increase the cost-effectiveness of these efforts. We are still talking about a systems approach; I’m not suggesting cutting…
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