Chemical Processing Distilled

Chemical Processing’s Distilled podcast extracts essential elements to serve engineers designing and operating plants in the chemical industry. Distilled is hosted by Editor-in-Chief Traci Purdum and available for download on most podcast listening apps, or you can listen right here on

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Podcast: How Storytelling Improves Operator Performance

April 12, 2024
From knowledge capture and transfer to making technical information understandable and engaging, storytelling aids in retaining tacit knowledge and contextual understanding and...

Distilled News: The Top Chemical Industry Stories for the Week of March 31

April 8, 2024
A look back at the Baltimore bridge collapse, DOE grants for industry projects, nuclear energy, Neanderthals and the annual Salary Survey.

How Smarter Vacuum Pumps Drive Sustainability in Chemical Plants

April 5, 2024
In the chemical industry, digitalization and emissions monitoring are pressing operational challenges. While exploring the technological innovations behind these trends, attention...

Distilled News: Week of March 18

March 25, 2024
A look back at the EPA's asbestos ban, new ethylene oxide emissions regulations and a new development on carbon capture.

Operator Training Podcast: Remove Team Performance Barriers

March 15, 2024
Psychological safety is crucial for effective team environments, allowing individuals to speak up and admit uncertainty without fear of reprisal. Tools such as self-assessment...

Distilled News: Week of March 3, 2024, Review

March 11, 2024
EPA hazard reporting rules, space elevators and more.

Podcast: Distilled News Roundup February 2024

Feb. 28, 2024
Exxon looks to balance fossil fuels with sustainability, Didion execs sentenced and yellow snow for battery recycling.

Podcast: How To Manage Upsets and Achieve a Stable Condition

Feb. 16, 2024
Upsets are going to happen, so why not plan for it? Learn how.

Podcast: Distilled News Roundup January 2024

Jan. 31, 2024
A sobering look at the economy, PFAS regulations continue, blue-ringed octopus key to sustainable energy, and black-mass recycling.

Faster Ways To Train Chemical Operators

Jan. 19, 2024
Simulators and virtual reality offer objective ways to measure and improve training.

How To Avoid Alarm Rationalization Mistakes

Dec. 8, 2023
This episode focuses on alarm rationalization mistakes, emphasizing the importance of addressing underlying problems rather than just managing the steady-state alarm rate.

Operator Training: Does Font Size Matter?

Nov. 29, 2023
Consider contrast, font color, and size, as well as background colors, to ensure operators can do their jobs well and without fatigue.

Operator Training: Unlock Efficiency, Enhance Safety By Reducing Emergency Procedures

Nov. 10, 2023
In this episode, Traci and Dave discuss the importance of reducing emergency procedures in chemical processing for better operator training and performance.

Podcast: Low-Cost Ways to Improve Operator Decision-Making

Oct. 20, 2023
Helping operators learn from past incidents and use pattern recognition to make better decisions faster will improve safety and efficiency.

Podcast: Expert Insights on Calculating Operator Needs in The Chemical Industry

Sept. 19, 2023
This episode discusses an innovative approach to calculating operator needs and the impact of automation on staffing in the process industry.