Chemical Processing Minute Clinic Podcast Series

 

Chemical Processing’s Minute Clinic podcast series is designed to tackle one critical issue at a time – giving you hard-hitting information in just minutes. Have a topic you'd like covered? Send Traci Purdum, senior digital editor and podcast moderator, an email at tpurdum@putman.net. Are you a subject matter expert who would like to participate in the Minute Clinic? Use the same email address to pitch your ideas.

Asset Management

Minute Clinic: In Search Of Operational Excellence

In this Minute Clinic, we search for the holy grail: Operational Excellence. Continuous improvement is a goal for any business. If it’s not, then troubles will begin. The purpose is to have happy customers. To attain continuous improvement you must achieve operational excellence. This applies to every level and every person in the organization, from executives all the way down to the employees. With me here today in the Clinic is Chuck Deise. Chuck is a Senior Vice President for the Chemical Business Unit at Argo, a global operations improvement consulting company focused on asset-intensive industries. . He is a seasoned veteran has more than 25 years of experience in the chemical process industries, where he has been advising and working with global clients to implement programs that transform operations and improve productivity.

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Minute Clinic: What Can You Learn From Leap Frog?

In today’s clinic we will learn how companies in the chemical industry can better manage changes, gain financial and organizational flexibility, improve productivity and enhance client relationships all by taking a cue from the classic schoolyard game, leap frog. Our expert in the clinic is Chuck Deise, vice president in industrial, chemical and energy for Xerox Business Services. Chuck is a key member of the leadership team and is responsible for advising strategic clients on enterprise strategies to increase sustainable business performance, digitally transform and implement next generation business processes to improve productivity and optimize operations.

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Design & Simulation

Minute Clinic: The Value Of A Digital Twin

In this Minute Clinic, we learn about digital twins. According to Siemens, a digital twin is a virtual copy of something that is real that is modeled to behave realistically. It models the product design all the way through to the manufacturing execution and all the steps in between. Joining us today is Dr. Ravi Aglave, director of chemical processing at CD-adapco a Siemens business.

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Minute Clinic: From Lab Scale To Plant Scale

In today’s Minute Clinic we learn about simulation and how it aids scale-up in the chemical processing industry. According to our expert -- Dr. Ravindra Aglave, director of chemical processing at CD-adapco a Siemens business -- you can imagine how the scaled-up system would behave based on expected outcomes from the process. This behavior is inherently tied to the physics governing the system. It is quite common to perform trial and error procedure to understand the behavior rather than trying to build relationships between the variables governing the system. Listen to this short podcast to learn more – and to hear how Aglave compares raising children with scale-up issues.

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Operator Performance

Minute Clinic: Alarm Redundancy Without Alarm Duplication

In today’s Minute Clinic, we learn about alarm redundancy without alarm duplication. And no, they are not the same thing. Alarm duplication is multiple alarms on the same variable – it’s done out of fear of missing the first alarm. But it’s a mistaken belief that it will help you not miss alarms. Alarm redundancy is where you have another alarm backing up the first alarm, but it’s on a different variable entirely. If one variable fails what’s the next thing to fail? Listen in to hear more sage advice from Dave Strobhar -- founder and principal-human-factors engineer for Beville Engineering. Dave is also the founder of the Center for Operator Performance.

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Minute Clinic: Speed Operator Training

In this Minute Clinic, we will learn a simple way to speed operator training. Dave Strobhar -- founder and principal-human-factors engineer for Beville Engineering and the founder of the Center for Operator Performance, proves there really is a simple way to make the process faster and more effective

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Minute Clinic: Font Size Matters

In this Minute Clinic, we tackle font size requirements in regard to alarm management. Dave Strobhar -- founder and principal-human-factors engineer for Beville Engineering and the founder of the Center for Operator Performance explains that size really does matter.

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Minute Clinic: What Are Human Factors?

In this Minute Clinic, we answer the question: What are human factors? Dave Strobhar -- founder and principal-human-factors engineer for Beville Engineering – defines human factors and offers sound advice going forward. Dave is also the founder of the Center for Operator Performance.

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Minute Clinic: How To Calculate Total Operators

In this Minute Clinic, we learn how to calculate total operators required to cover a post position. Our clinician is Dave Strobhar -- founder and principal-human-factors engineer for Beville Engineering and the founder of the Center for Operator Performance.

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Minute Clinic: Staffing Your Console

In this Minute Clinic, we learn what it takes to staff your console for steady state operation, then design to manage upsets. Dave Strobhar -- founder and principal-human-factors engineer for Beville Engineering and the founder of the Center for Operator Performance will give us the 411 on how to staff like a boss.

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Minute Clinic: Diagrams And Line Labeling

Diagrams and line labeling could save thousands of dollars when it comes to operator performance. In this podcast, Traci Purdum chats with Dave Strobhar -- founder and principal-human-factors engineer for Beville Engineering. Strobhar notes that an improper lineup could cost not only dollars but contaminate products. You need to have two things to improve accuracy. Listen to this podcast to learn more.

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Minute Clinic: Reduce Emergency Procedures

In this episode of the Minute Clinic, we talk about how you can reduce emergency procedures by 90%. Dave Strobhar -- founder and principal-human-factors engineer for Beville Engineering – offers his expertise. Dave is also the founder of the Center for Operator Performance. The main way to achieve reduction is to condense content. He notes that in a study done with Penn State University, if you look at 40-pages of procedures, there are only four pages of procedures that are unique. This helps in terms of updating procedures – making it a less-daunting task. Listen for more insight from Strobhar.

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Minute Clinic:Rules For Displays

Enhancing situation awareness is critical to ensure operators can swiftly move on to next steps. There are rules to follow when it comes to displays – and in this episode of Chemical Processing’s Minute Clinic podcast series we will learn those rules. This episode features Dave Strobhar – founder and principal human factors engineer for Beville Engineering and the Center for Operator Performance. Dave notes there are only a handful of rules. The first rule: A good display only requires 4 seconds to do its job. A person should be able to answer “is my process ok?” Listen to this short podcast to find out the other rules.

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Minute Clinic: Alarm Targets

Many companies use targets to drive design and that can lead to negative consequences. Additionally, there is no clear definition of how you count what is an alarm. And sometimes all alarms are treated the same. These missteps can lead to disaster. This episode of the Minute Clinic features Dave Strobhar – founder and principal human factors engineer for Beville Engineering and the Center for Operator Performance. One of his suggestions is to not get caught up in the metrics. He also details steps to ensure operators can deal with all levels of alarms.

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Minute Clinic: Low-cost ways to improve operator decision-making

This Minute Clinic episode offers straight-forward solutions to help operators make better decisions. According to Dave Strobhar – founder and principal human factors engineer for Beville Engineering and the Center for Operator Performance – errors occur because operators misdiagnose events. This podcast answers why they are coming to the wrong conclusions and how you can turn it around via a few easy methods.

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Reliability & Maintenance

Minute Clinic: Why Is Predictive Maintenance Important?

Downtime is costly in any industry but particularly in chemical manufacturing where it can equate to hundreds of thousands of dollars or more in waste and lost production –in this episode of Chemical Processing’s Minute Clinic podcast series we see why making predictive maintenance an important part of an overall maintenance and reliability strategy enhances uptime.
The expert in our Minute Clinic booth is Chen Linchevski, the CEO and Co-Founder of Precognize -- a platform that combines experts’ knowledge with machine learning to achieve a unique predictive maintenance solution.

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Minute Clinic: Preventative Maintenance Practices

In this Minute Clinic, we search for reasons why preventative maintenance and maintenance in general isn’t always well practiced. Indeed, Chemical Processing polled its audience and asked: How often does your site postpone scheduled or necessary maintenance to avoid production disruptions? Nearly 20% said frequently and over 30% said sometimes. Joining me in the clinic today is Chuck Deise. Chuck is a Senior Vice President for the Chemical Business Unit at Argo, a global operations improvement consulting company focused on asset-intensive industries. He is a seasoned veteran has more than 25 years of experience in the chemical process industries, where he has been advising and working with global clients to implement programs that transform operations and improve productivity.

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