Advanced Analytics Empowers Engineers
Operations benefit by gaining faster and easier insight from production data
Many chemical makers nowadays are all too familiar with the acronym DRIP, which stands for data rich, information poor (Figure 1). The data collection capabilities provided by process instrumentation coupled with improved methods of networking and…
Emerging Technology -- Technique Predicts Gas Product Quality
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Rethink Local Pressure Measurement
Emerson And OSIsoft Introduce PI Connector For HART-IP
Wireless Network Improves Leak Detection
Minimize Gas Chromatograph Downtime
Understand what achieving an effective predictive maintenance program entails
Processors have relied on gas chromatographs (GCs) since the 1950s to provide real-time compositional data to control systems. Today, tens of thousands of GCs serve in a diverse range of plants — making the GC the analytical workhorse for online…
Global Gas Analyzer Market Will Grow Through 2020
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ABB Brochure Features In-Situ Analyzers
Clearly, we've already started to see effective use of emerging technologies such as Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) enabled remote condition monitoring and Big Data analytics for predictive maintenance and similar offline applications, but process engineers in chemical plants around the world are interested in knowing if and how emerging technologies can be used to improve their actual production process and product quality.
In a recent pilot program, Mitsui Chemicals Inc. and NTT Communications Corp. (NTT Com), the information and communications technology (ICT) solutions and international communications business within NTT Group, successfully created a deep-learning technique that accurately predicts the quality of gas products…
Tap Creative Solutions To Flow Problems
Remedy Process Scaling
Product Quality: Decrease Shift Variability
Take advantage of the increasing availability and variety of data
The quest to reduce variations in products made on different shifts has existed as long as the chemical industry has. Yet, success has continued to elude us. However, with the arrival of more connected devices (the so-called Internet of Things or…
Emerson And Flexim Collaborate On Flow Solutions
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Emerson Launches Radar Verification Service
BP Selects aeShield For Upstream Facilities
BP selects aeShield to assist asset personnel in monitoring control, alarm and safety instrumented systems (CASIS) performance for all upstream oil and gas assets around the globe.
After a three-year software evaluation period, BP reportedly selects aeSolutions’ aeShield to assist asset personnel in monitoring control, alarm and safety instrumented systems (CASIS) performance for all upstream oil and gas assets. To date, it has been a challenge to automate the monitoring of these devices due to the lack of common systems in place across BP’s facilities, according to aeSolutions.
aeShield allows centralized reporting, standard enforcement consistent with internal procedures, reduced man-hours, monitored IPLs and efficient management of change (MOC) tracking, according to the company. During initial rollout, BP will reportedly focus on HAZOP/LOPA studies, safety requirements specification, SIL verification and IPL…
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AIChE Announces Safety & Health Virtual Meeting
Safety Instrumented Systems: Bridge the Gap
Process Puzzler: Forego False Economies
A “penny wise, pound foolish” approach prompts plant problems
This Month’s Puzzler
We needed to correct an unsafe practice in our blending area — using a forklift to raise and then hold a tote in place while we pump ingredients into our blending tanks (see drawing “a”). Corporate engineering proposed…
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Step Up Debottlenecking Success
Tough measurement problems often call for clever solutions.
Difficult flow measurement problems require innovative solutions, ranging from using existing flowmeters in a unique way to developing entirely new technologies because current instruments can’t handle the application. In this article, we’ll look at several creative solutions to flow measurement issues.
Build a Better Coriolis Meter
Keith Simpson is the I&E controls manager for Continental Carbon, which makes carbon black in Houston. Simpson recently helped develop a new process for producing carbon black, but he and his colleagues couldn’t measure mass flow with any existing products. They had to measure the mass flow rate of a feedstock coming out of a preheater at 500-600 °F.
“At the time, no manufacturer made a Coriolis…
Prevent Paired-Pump Problems
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Processing Equipment: Take Advantage of Liquid-Ring Compressors
Powder Handling: Beware of Blending Myths
But first determine if blending really is required
The problem with particulate solids is they segregate every time we turn around. Why? Because they are a two-phase material and only about half is the solid we’re interested in. In my days as a troubleshooter at corporate engineering, the most common call I got from plants was about blenders that didn’t blend. The problems arose because people believed some myths.
The most common myth is that increased blending time results in a better blend. One of our customers mixed an inert ingredient with our product in a ribbon blender. Prior production with a different active ingredient gave an acceptable blend in 15 minutes — so the customer used that time for the new product. The resulting mix was highly variable in composition. To…
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Chemical Reactions: Europe Shines Light on Solar
Scientists say sustainability will require solar-energy-driven chemical reactions
Chemical reactions driven by solar energy are not only possible, but necessary for a sustainable future, report a group of European chemists.
The comment comes in a 20-page whitepaper, “Solar-Driven Chemistry: A Vision for Sustainable Chemistry…
Chemical Makers Roll Out More Bio-Based Feedstocks
Better Platinum Reactivity Beckons
Carbon Dioxide Streamlines Ethanol Production
Light Replaces Ligands for Synthesis
Novel Membranes Slash Energy Use
A carbon-based molecular sieve membrane combined with a reverse osmosis process could significantly reduce energy needed to separate alkyl aromatics hydrocarbon molecules, says a research team from the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech),…
Researchers Push Separation Boundaries
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Ward Off Wastewater Treatment Woes
Conco Acquires Gogolok
Conco Systems, Pty Ltd. of Heatherbrae, Australia, an affiliate of Conco Services Corporation in Verona, PA, acquires Gogolok IndustrieService GmbH (GIS) of Magdeburg, Germany.
Conco Systems, Pty Ltd. of Heatherbrae, Australia, an affiliate of Conco Services Corporation in Verona, PA, USA, acquires Gogolok IndustrieService GmbH (GIS) of Magdeburg, Germany. GIS specializes in industrial cleaning of plate heat exchangers, air cooled condensers and general maintenance cleaning services. The incorporation of GIS infrastructure, human resources and service capabilities into the Conco family will support Conco’s growth in the European market and an expansion of the global service portfolio, according to the company.
Conco Systems Pty Ltd. is the Australian contingent of a worldwide group of Conco companies providing condenser and heat exchanger products and services to the power generation and industrial sectors.
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DOE Awards $25M For Electric Motor Technologies
The U.S. Department of Energy announces nearly $25 million to enable innovative electrical motors used in manufacturing.
The U.S. Department of Energy announces nearly $25 million for 13 projects aimed at advancing energy-efficient electric motor technologies through applied research and development. The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s (EERE) Next Generation Electric Machines projects will address the limitations of traditional materials and designs used in electric motor components by cost-effectively enhancing their efficiency, improving their performance and reducing weight. This effort will support approaches to improve the technology in industrial electric motors, which use approximately 70% of the electricity consumed by U.S. manufacturers and nearly a quarter of all electricity consumed nationally, according to EERE.
Baldor Exec Receives Motor Summit Award
Baldor Launches Passport Selection Program
Processing Equipment: Consider Gas Engines
Maintenance: Shift Your Approach to Abandoned Equipment
Leaving such items in place invariably is the worst option.
Nearly every plant has them — equipment items abandoned in place. In better-documented facilities, such sidelined equipment still may appear on piping and instrumentation diagrams (P&IDs) with a notation like “OOS” (out of service) or…
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Get Production People to Accept Your Ideas
Chemical Industry Warning Signs Point To Global Recession In 2017
Advisory firm says industry downturn and other key indicators warn of recession.
Advisory firm International eChem says that warning signs from the chemical industry point to a global recession in 2017, according to an article from Investment Week. The global chemical capacity utilization percentage (CU%), a measure which the firm says correlates closely to global GDP, reportedly dropped to its lowest level since 2009 this year, which the firm warns is an indicator of global economic slowdown.
The CU% has reportedly been in a steady decline for the last year, according to the firm’s chairman Paul Hodges. In the article, Hodges also warns of increased currency volatility due to protectionism-driven trade wars.
Read more about the firm's predictions here.
Global Chemical Production Enters Fourth Quarter On Soft Note
ISA Indicators Climb In October
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EFCE Announces 2017 Mobility Award
Renewable Resources: Water Really Becomes Prized
Novel competition aims to spur extraction from air
Water availability is a growing concern, prompting important initiatives by chemical companies, as our recent cover story “Keep Calm and Save Water,” underscores. Of course, the issue has much broader implications — and this has led to the…
Gains in Corporate Water Management Stall
Canadian Refinery Taps GE To Meet Alberta Water Regulations
GE Explores Options To Sell Water Business
Eastman Chemical Not Bound By Responsible Care In Spill
Carbon Pricing Gains Ground
New survey shows greater corporate interest and internal use
Debate continues over the merits of putting a price on carbon emissions — with many businesses opposing such a move. However, an increasing number of companies are adopting carbon pricing, according to a report released in September by CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project), London, a not-for-profit organization backed by institutional investors and others. The publication notes that carbon pricing already has spurred some firms to reallocate investments.
Called “Embedding a Carbon Price into Business Strategy,” the report summarizes the disclosures of companies around the world that responded to CDP’s 2016 climate-change and supply-chain information requests. A total of 1,249 firms revealed that they already price carbon…
EPA Speeds Review of Chemicals
Carbon Capture: Spend More to Save More
EPA Releases Q&As on New TSCA
Pollution Monitoring: New Tools Help Speed Compliance
With the aim to reduce toxic exposure, agency fast tracks the evaluation of five chemicals
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is continuing its brisk pace to be on target with implementing the new requirements of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), as amended by the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century…
Grasp the Gravity of the New TSCA
Business Efforts Bolster Climate Accord
Use of Safer Chemicals Gets New Scrutiny
Chemical Companies Are Top Target For Cybercriminals
Manufacturers must evaluate where to focus efforts to protect sensitive data.
Cybercriminals love chemical companies. In fact, IBM X-Force Research’s 2016 Cyber Security Intelligence Index cites chemical companies as one of the top targets for attackers, according to an article from Manufacturing Business Technology. The attacks are reportedly often financially-motivated and state-sponsored attempts to steal intellectual property and trade secrets.
So what can manufacturers do? The article’s author lays out a list of prevention methods beginning with a vulnerability management plan and ongoing vulnerability scans. According to the article, manufacturers should also promote company-wide security awareness, prepare an incident response plan, harden the security configurations of systems and servers and evaluate…
NIST Seeks Comment On Draft ICS Cyber Guide
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ABB Joins Industrial Internet Consortium Steering Committee
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Properly Protect Against Overpressure
Understand the appropriate use of different pressure relief devices.
Many processes require a device to control or limit the pressure that can build up due to an upset, instrument or equipment failure, or fire. Pressure relief valves (PRV) most commonly provide this protection against overpressure but backflow…
Bolster Your Lead Process Safety Metrics
One Dead, Track Hoe To Blame For Pipeline Explosion
BASF Blast Kills Two
A comprehensive review has identified a number of widely applicable indicators
When driving down the road, we glance in the rearview mirror to see what’s happening behind us — but the majority of the time we concentrate on what’s in front of us. However, when it comes to process safety metrics, we still focus on the lag…
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Chemical Safety Board Opens Up
5 Steps To Run Accident Investigations Right
Worker Safety: Forget Political Correctness
CSB Releases Final Report on Acid Releases at California Refinery
Improve Heatless Desiccant Dryer Efficiency
Paying attention to variety of issues can lead to better performance
If you use desiccant air dryers in your plant, you probably know they can consume a lot of energy dollars. Much of this money often is wasted. However, you likely can take a number of steps to reduce your desiccant dryer costs and improve the dryer operation, leading to better air quality. Here, we’ll look at five factors worth attention: specifications check, dryer control, desiccant protection, adjustments and maintenance.
First let’s consider operating costs, though. Compressed air is one of the most expensive utilities to use in doing anything in your plant. This is because of the poor “wire to work” conversion efficiency of the compression process. Only ≈10–15% of the energy put into a compressor actually converts to…
Compressed Air: Turning Potential Savings Into Real Savings
Energy Efficiency: Better Manage Excess Air
Recover Heat from Air Compression
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Energy Saver: Create Cold from Heat
U.S. And Canada Collaborate On Zero Emissions Energy Initiative
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Paratherm Debuts Redesigned Website
The new website is designed to be more visually appealing and user friendly.
Paratherm – Heat Transfer Fluids introduces a newly redesigned website. The new website is designed to be more visually appealing and user friendly, according to the company. The new Paratherm website reportedly performs many of the same duties as Paratherm employees in assisting hot oil system users and others interested in indirect heating technology.
The website is aimed at fluid customers, OEM design engineers, process managers, fluid specifiers and maintenance professionals. It provides technical details of Paratherm heat transfer fluid products, including product data, safety data and physical and thermal properties. The website also offers technical advice regarding hot-oil system safety, maintenance and reliability and detailed…
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Energy Saver: Understand Impact Analysis
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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