Emerson Will Acquire Aventics
The acquisition complements Emerson’s global presence in fluid automation technologies.
Emerson agrees on terms to acquire Aventics from Triton for a cash purchase price of €527 million. Aventics is a global manufacturer of smart pneumatics technologies that power machine and factory automation applications and will significantly expand Emerson’s reach in the growing $13 billion fluid automation technologies market, according to the company. Aventics builds on Emerson’s capabilities in key discrete and hybrid automation markets, including food and beverage, packaging, automotive assembly and medical equipment, according to Emerson. Emerson’s expanded portfolio of fluid control and pneumatic devices incorporates sensing and monitoring capabilities to improve system uptime and performance, enhance safety and optimize…
Pharma Prescribes Continuous Processes
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Energy Harvester Stars For Steam Monitoring
Call It Assault On Batteries
Energy harvesting promises to address their limitations for wireless devices
Battery-powered devices have altered our lives and workplaces in myriad ways. Of course, smartphones and laptop computers rank high on the list of key transformational developments. Meanwhile, wireless sensors and transmitters are assuming a bigger…
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Consider Process Colorimetric/Photometric Analyzers
Field-based units can provide laboratory-quality results in near real time
Many chemical plants need colorimetric/photometric analysis of various compounds in their process and wastewater systems. Historically, processors relied upon lab-based bench top systems to perform this type of analysis. Today however, improved…
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The International Society of Automation announces the third edition release of A Guide to the Automation Body of Knowledge.
The International Society of Automation (ISA) announces the third edition release of A Guide to the Automation Body of Knowledge, a comprehensive, yet practical overview of the essential concepts and processes in industrial automation and the skills required to master them. The new release is updated to reflect the continuing evolution of digital technologies and their impact on automation processes as well as new automation standards in such areas as alarm management, HMI design and operational technology cyber security.The book’s co-editors—Nicholas P. Sands, PE, CAP, senior manufacturing technology fellow at DuPont and Ian Verhappen, P.Eng., CAP, senior project manager at CIMA+—are ISA Fellows who reportedly bring decades of…
Corning Honors MIT Professor For Reactor Technology Work
Poll: 60% Of Execs Cite Vulnerability To Cyber Threats
New ISA Standard Supports Cyber Secure Product Design
Hermes Award Recognizes Self-Calibrating Thermometer
Endress+Hauser is recognized by Hannover Messe with the prestigious Hermes technology award for iTHERM TrustSens.
Endress+Hauser is recognized by Hannover Messe with the prestigious Hermes technology award for iTHERM TrustSens, which the company claims is the world’s first self-calibrating temperature probe for industrial applications. The compact thermometer iTHERM TrustSens is designed especially for hygienic and aseptic applications in the food and beverage and life sciences industries. With automated and fully traceable self-calibration during production, the sensor eliminates the risk of undetected non-conformities, resulting in maximum product safety and process efficiency, according to Endress+Hauser. The integrated Heartbeat Technology additionally allows for continuous device diagnostics and verification without interruption of the…
Researchers Find Serious Vulnerabilities In MicroLogix PLCs
Endress+Hauser Conducta Receives Double Honor
Instrumentation: Measure Temperature Right
Consider the Impact of Industry 4.0 on Safety Instrumented Systems
2018 Webinars Address Process Safety
Don’t Confuse a Functional Safety Audit with a Functional Safety Assessment
SOCMA Sets Date For National Chemical Safety Symposium
Piping: Understand A Cold Fact About Ice
The common perception that it provides insulation on surfaces is wrong
Walking around plants can identify many small improvements that can enhance profitability. One example comes from a refrigerated process plant that called me in for troubleshooting. An improperly operating unit there required considerable field…
Project Management: Combat Scope Creep
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Stop Inconsistent Mixing
A range of factors can contribute to erratic performance.
Varying results from seemingly repetitive processes afflict many plants. Indeed, as a consultant for mixing processes and equipment, I find that a large proportion of my projects involve tackling such issues.Companies call upon me because they think…
Crane Releases Updated Flow Of Fluids Technical Guide
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Dechema Seeks Nominees for Fluids Prize
Continuous production could reduce persistent quality problems and help eliminate drug shortages.
Moving from batch to continuous processing may not seem like a major issue, but that’s not the case in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry. Continuous processing works fine in most high-volume industries with well-known processes. But…
Deftly Diagnose a Dust Collector
Solid Handling: Stop Struggling With Your Slurry
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Photoreactor Overcomes Sunlight Variation
Real-time control provides more-consistent production of chemicals
Researchers at Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, The Netherlands, have improved the microphotoreactor they developed to use solar energy and microchannels to manufacture pharmaceuticals (see: Artificial Leaf Spurs Energy-Efficient…
EFCE Honors Reaction Engineering Researcher
Lasers Target Carbon Dioxide
Membrane Advance May Transform Gas Separation
Polyketide Process Opens Up Opportunities
Understand Industrial Wastewater Treatment
A variety of techniques play roles in removing contamination
Process plants generally try to minimize the amount of wastewater they generate. However, operations invariably result in production of some wastewater. Proper treatment of this wastewater is crucial for both environmental and economic reasons.
Ava Acquisition Boosts BHS-Sonthofen’s Mixing Portfolio
Save Energy In Distillation
Processing Equipment: Confront A Column Conundrum
Troubleshoot Heat Exchanger: Don’t Jump To Solutions
Carefully review all possible avenues before taking a heat exchanger off line
Over the years, one of Jake’s most difficult troubleshooting exercises had been diagnosing a mechanical failure in a heat exchanger. Many symptoms can be attributed to such performance-robbing phenomena. Mechanical failure can require shutting…
Energy Saver: Don’t Neglect Spring Cleaning Duties
Poll Results: Attention To Cooling Towers
Properly Select Vacuum Pump Motors
Go beyond rated power to find the real energy consumption
Plant designers frequently opt for the lowest possible rated power of drive motors, e.g., when selecting vacuum pumps. However, the kilowatt specification on the nameplate doesn’t tell very much about the real energy consumption of the device in…
Baldor Electric Becomes ABB
High Motor Current Causes Concern
Energy Saver: Ponder Online Performance Testing
EASA Releases Spring 2018 Educational Seminar Schedule
Product Lifecycle: Achieve the Transparency Consumers Demand
This requires a company to track down hidden chemicals in its supply chain
Consumer advocacy groups have become more and more vocal in recent years in their quest for more transparency. Retail chains have begun to hear the collective clarion call. For instance, Wal-Mart recently joined the Chemical Footprint Project, which…
New Publication Defines Risk Management for Overpressure
Poll Results: Steam-Trap Monitoring And Maintenance
Read And Think Critically
Cyber Attacks, Political Unrest Threaten Business Resilience
Global Chemicals Production Falls Again
Chemical Processing Economic Snapshot Ending February 2018
Quarter Ends On Good Note For U.S. Specialty Chemicals Markets
Poll Results: Engineer Turnover
We asked readers: What issue is most responsible for turnover of engineers at your site?
Poll: What Is The Average Tenure Of A Plant Manager At Your Site?
Plant Operations: Become A Great Troubleshooter
Poll Results: Technical Support
Poll: Why Do Chemical Engineers Leave?
Students Set Sights On Stockholm Junior Water Prize
58 high school students are selected as 2018 state winners of the U.S. Stockholm Junior Water Prize, the nation’s most prestigious youth award for a water-related science project.
The Water Environment Federation (WEF) announces that 58 high school students have been selected as 2018 state winners of the U.S. Stockholm Junior Water Prize, reportedly the nation’s most prestigious youth award for a water-related science project. The students from 47 states and Puerto Rico will now compete in the national finals June 16 at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with the winner receiving $10,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to Stockholm to represent the United States at the international competition during World Water Week, August 26-31.The Stockholm Junior Water Prize aims to increase students’ interest in water issues, research, and careers, as well as to raise awareness about global water challenges. The…
Solenis And BASF Will Combine Businesses
Poll: How has your site's attention to its water supply and discharge changed?
Water Pros Can Register For WEFTEC 2018 In New Orleans
Scientists Eye Cheaper Adsorbent
Clarke Receives API 641 Certification For Low-Emission Shutter Valve
Clarke’s Shutter Valve is reportedly the first control valve to achieve API 641 certification of low fugitive-emission performance.
Clarke Valve announces the API 641 certification of its proprietary shutter valve design, reportedly the first control valve to achieve this certification of low fugitive-emission performance.The API 641 standard applies to all stem seal materials and requires a stringent maximum allowable leakage of 100 parts per million by volume (PPMv), according to Clarke Valve. The API test standard calls for 610 cycles of the valve under extreme temperature fluctuations to evaluate emissions performance over an accelerated life cycle. Fugitive emissions from legacy valve designs in industrial facilities are a major contributor to air pollution and global warming, according to the company. Kyle Daniels, president & CEO says, “Most people…
Greenhouse Gases: Science-Based Targets Advance
Reverse Jet Scrubber Helps Fertilizer Plant Control Emissions
Citizens Challenge EPA
Petition and court ruling greatly impact the Environment Protection Agency’s TSCA procedures
A petition filed under Section 21 of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) was one of the first actions reviewed by a federal district court since TSCA was substantially rewritten in June 2016.The rulings described below pose interesting and…
Europe Assesses Pesticide Use
Expect the EPA to Be Busy in 2018
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2018 FM Global Resilience Index sees France’s cyber risk climbing and Taiwan’s falling, while United States’ political risk spikes.
The risk of cyber attack threatens businesses’ existence, but its severity varies significantly with geography: inherent cyber risk has climbed in France over the past year while plummeting in Taiwan, two of the biggest changes in cyber risk in the 2018 FM Global Resilience Index. The index—an annual ranking of 130 countries and territories by the resilience of their business environments—is an online, interactive resource to help global executives plan where to do business. Cyber risk is one of 12 drivers determining the index’s overall resilience rankings. The index reflects data related to economics, natural hazards and supply chains, and addresses deep concerns about business risks such as cyber attacks, political upheaval,…
New Indegy Service Provides Visibility Into ICS Risk
Maintain Security In A Digital World
EEMUA launches new publication, “Risk Management of Legacy Systems with Potential for Excess Overpressure.”
EEMUA (Engineering Equipment & Material Users Association) releases a new publication, “Risk Management of Legacy Systems with Potential for Excess Overpressure,” which provides guidance on the development of a risk based approach to the management of overpressure in legacy systems.Throughout the life of a plant, new process safety hazards are constantly being identified, some of which may result in potential situations where equipment can exceed the code allowable overpressure. EEMUA Publication 236 defines a standardized approach that can be used to aid prioritization of effort towards code compliance and help focus action where it will reduce or eliminate risk quickly and efficiently. The guidance also outlines a framework for…
Refinery Explosion Injures Many
Explosion Kills Six At Czech Chemical Plant
Develop a Job Safety Plan
Survey: Production Takes Priority Over Safety In Some Cases
Survey offers insights into the state of operational risk and safety management.
The 2017 edition of Petrotechnics’ process safety and risk management (PSM) survey of senior leaders in the fields of process safety, asset integrity and operational risk management in the hydrocarbon industry offers insights into the state of operational risk and safety management.
According to the survey, advancing safety performance and risk reduction is almost always a stated goal in company literature and annual reports. But companies do not have readily accessible and carefully structured plans in place to achieve that goal. In fact, 61 percent of respondents believe companies do not have well-defined safety performance measures.
Additionally, 65 percent of survey takers also felt that the C-suite has little to no understanding of…
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Disaster Planning: Weather The Extremes
Successfully surviving severe natural events demands proper preparation
No one can stop the hurricanes, tornadoes, floods and other severe events that Mother Nature throws our way. However, that doesn’t mean chemical plants shouldn’t prepare to cope with them with as little disruption as possible — to the…
Path for Process Safety Emerges
Make Hazard Analyses Better
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Utilities: Maximize Your Air Supply
Proper air preparation and maintenance is fairly simple and very cost-effective.
You’ve got the right compressor and you’ve specified the right pneumatic tools for each task that compressor powers. But you haven’t maximized efficiency yet. Ten percent to 30% of all energy consumed by the average industrial facility is used to generate compressed air, so you want to be sure you’re getting value for that money – high productivity and minimal waste.
Once you’ve right-sized the compressor and tools, where else can you look for efficiencies? Try looking at the air delivery system between the compressor and the tool. Managing air quality and delivery can prolong equipment life, extend maintenance cycles, and reduce energy consumption. Here’s how.
Air preparation: Room for improvement
Air leaving a compressor…
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AkzoNobel, Partners Study Renewable Energy Opportunities In Sweden
AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals joins partnership to explore opportunities for green hydrogen and “electrofuels” in Sweden.
AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals is partnering with three groups in Sweden to explore the opportunities for producing green hydrogen and “electrofuels” using renewable electricity. The partners are RISE Research Institutes of Sweden (RISE), forestry group Södra and packaging materials company BillerudKorsnäs. The study is also supported by the Swedish Energy Agency.
Converting excess renewable electricity into green hydrogen or electrofuels (synthetic fuels based on electricity, water and CO2) offers the potential to balance the fluctuations in supply and demand of electricity from renewable sources including wind and solar power. AkzoNobel is a major user of electricity in Sweden, and will contribute its expertise in electrochemistry…
Researchers Declare “Carbon Neutral” Wood Worse Than Coal
Solvay Awards 2017 Chemistry For The Future Prize
Technical Paper No. 410, which enables users to derive application solutions based on their parameters in real time, is enhanced by a new chapter titled, “Sensible Heat Transfer.”
Crane Fluid Handling releases the 2018 edition of Crane’s Technical Paper No. 410 (TP-410). Originally published by Crane Co. in 1942 as The Flow of Fluids handbook, the TP-410 has grown to become a classic guide to the selection of the correct equipment and parameters when designing and operating any piping system for plant engineers, technicians, maintenance personnel, plant operators, safety engineers, recent college graduates and sales representatives, according to the company.
The 2018 edition introduces a new chapter titled, “Sensible Heat Transfer.” Other entries include enhanced information on pumps, control valves and flow meters, as well as an updated bibliography and technical references. A suite of web-based tools that…
Fulton Thermal Adds Thermal Fluids
Energy Saver: Take a Closer Look at Equipment Performance
Energy Efficiency Soars At Chemical Sites
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Siemens Reaches Additive Manufacturing Milestone
CP Poll: Steam-trap monitoring and maintenance program
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HEI Releases Updated Standards For Air Cooled Condensers
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