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2021 Webinars Promote Chemical Processing Best Practices

Feb. 9, 2021
This year’s lineup covers myriad topics including safety, conveying, powders and solids, and more.

The new year brings new learning opportunities via Chemical Processing’s free webinars. We’ve put together a great lineup of experts to help you achieve success. Here is what is on deck for this year. You can learn more and register for one or more of these here. If you can’t make the live session, once registered you can view the webinar later on demand.

Feb. 23 at 2 p.m. ET | Exploring Advancements in Pneumatic Conveying Round Table
This discussion will focus on the newest developments and improvements in pneumatic conveying. Our panel of experts, led by panel moderator Todd Smith, P.E., business and strategy manager at the Kansas State University – Bulk Solids Innovation Center, will point out the areas that need the most improvement going forward and answer all your questions.

Feb. 26 at 10 a.m. ET | Get ahead of utility water contamination with water quality monitoring
The water used in water-steam cycles must be ultrapure and free of organic contaminants. At elevated temperatures and pressures, organic compounds can degrade to organic acids and accelerate corrosion to steam generation systems. If left undetected, these leaks will cause downtime and increased spending. Along with this, a robust monitoring program is critical to maintaining cooling water quality by ensuring the inlet and outlets are free of contamination.

This webcast will outline the importance of monitoring and ensuring water quality to avoid fines, process disruptions, and equipment degradation. We will share case study examples from steam systems and cooling water applications that highlight how Total Organic Carbon (TOC) analysis was used to detect contamination.

March 31 at 2 p.m. ET | Unlock Value from Open Process Automation
Many process plants must contend with legacy control systems, some decades out, running obsolete hardware that can’t be upgraded. Making matters worse, many of these proprietary control systems rely on older programming languages that prevent integration of new applications or sophisticated control algorithms. Increasingly, this has limited the ability of operating companies to upgrade, scale or drive innovation into the process automation area.

The critical need to address this dilemma spurred leading global operating companies, process automation vendors and system integrators to form the Open Process Automation Forum (OPAF). It is developing an open, standards-based, secure and interoperable process automation architecture. In this webinar, industry-leading experts will describe how OPAF is selecting standards that will achieve the vision of truly open systems, the status of its efforts, and what this exciting change to the process automation world means to you.

April 21 at 2 p.m. ET | Powder and Solids Series: Choose the Correct Pneumatic Conveying System
This webinar will review pneumatic conveying systems (dilute and dense phase, and vacuum and pressure systems) and go over the advantages and disadvantages of each type. Experts from the Kansas State University – Bulk Solids Innovation Center will also answer questions from the audience.

May 12 at 2 p.m. ET | Combustible Dust Round Table — First in the 2021 Series
Combustible dusts can pose significant hazards to personnel, plant equipment, and even the surrounding community. In this latest of our ongoing series of exclusive webinars, Laura Moreno, senior engineer and standards lead in the Industrial and Chemical Engineering Division of the National Fire Protection Association will moderate a panel discussion with a number of industry experts on dealing with these hazards. The panel will offer insights on key challenges and provide practical guidance on how to identify, evaluate and effectively address hazards. The second installment of this series is Nov. 4 at 2 p.m. ET

June 16 at 2 p.m. ET | Process Safety Series: Learn Lessons about Operating Plants during a Pandemic
Dr. Stewart W. Behie, P.E., Interim Director, Mary Kay O'Connor Process Safety Center, will discuss lessons learned from three major chemical companies operating during the pandemic. A phased approach in which the level of efforts is adjustable, coupled with multiple layers of protection, makes sense but can pose challenges such as handling contract workers who move from site to site and in allowing employees to work from home.

June 29 at 2 p.m. ET | State of Chemical Industry Mid-Year Update
The chemical industry, like society in general, has faced unparalleled upheaval because of the pandemic. Our annual cover story in January on the state of the industry “Brightening Outlook Buoys U.S. Chemical Industry,” http://bit.ly/3qBdYJv, written by experts at the American Chemistry Council (ACC), indicated that a recovery is underway. However, in these uncertain times, the situation quickly can change. This webinar will provide an update from ACC on the current prospects for the industry. Dr. Thomas Kevin Swift, CBE, chief economist and managing director at the ACC, and co-author of the January article, will provide the update.

Sept. 15 at 2 p.m. ET | Process Safety Series: Rethink Process Safety Training for Operators
A recent survey of chemical and refining companies pointed up the need for a structured program for operators that enables them to get process-safety training while continuing to work. This webinar will review that survey and look at what's necessary to achieve faster and more-efficient process-safety training for both current and new operators and to properly assess their knowledge and competency. Dr. Stewart W. Behie, P.E., Interim Director, Mary Kay O'Connor Process Safety Center, will be the speaker.

Oct. 27 at 2 p.m. ET | Powder and Solids Series: Properly Weigh and Batch Powders and Other Bulk Solids
This webinar will provide an overview of how to measure and control the amount of dry ingredients being dispensed. Experts from the Kansas State University — Bulk Solids Innovation Center will cover weighing do's and don’ts, discuss various types of volumetric and gravimetric feeding devices, and go over advantages and disadvantages of each type.

I serve as the moderator for all of these events. If you are in the audience, please make sure you say hello via the chat feature on the webinar platform. I’m planning on asking a few trivia questions before the events begin, so log on a few minutes early to play along. Hope to “see” you soon.

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