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Biodegradable plastics fit with recycling strategies

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Truly disposable biodegradable plastics could change people’s perceptions on recycling, says Mike Spear, editor at large, in November's End Point column.

It’s a slow road to alternative energy

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Government delays force BP to pull plug on a carbon dioxide project, reports Mike Spears, editor at large, in this month's End Point column.

Industry can do well by doing good

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Ignoring climate change could eventually damage economic growth, according to an authoritative report, says Mike Spear, editor at large, in this month's End Point column. Read more on the economics of climate change.

Intellectual property issues limit university research

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Colleges must slake their thirst for royalties as intellectual property issues limit industry-backed university research, according to Chemical Processing's Editor at Large Mike Spear.

Vehicle emissions case promises broad impact

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A Supreme Court ruling could affect voluntary efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, according to Mike Spear, editor at large, in his monthly End Point column.

Dow aims to gas up methane conversion efforts

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Mike Spear, editor at large discusses how researchers can submit simple proposals but must forego royalties in this month's End Point column.

Industry needs to swim with the tide of regulation

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Controls on chemical use and manufacture are increasingly global in nature, says Mike Spear, editor at large, in this month's End Point column.

Wireless technology conquers industry conservatism

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Potential applications at chemical plants just grow and grow, says Mike Spear, editor at large, in his End Point column.

Should we change our approach to change?

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Mike Spear reports that a partnership of major oil companies hopes to prove that risk has its rewards.

Can technologists make it to the top?

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Having a background in engineering or science means you are more likely to want an executive with the same, according to Chemical Processing's Mike Spear.

Outsourcing moves up the maintenance ladder

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Outsourcing of non-core operations within a company, large or small, is now a well established corporate strategy. By entrusting services such as IT support, accounting, human resources and other “back office” activities to specialist firms prepared to do the job at an acceptable price, chemical ...

Know where to go for know-how

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Live auctions can liven up the buying and selling of intellectual property, says Mike Spears, in this month's End Point column.

Get your message across very fast

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Blink and you might miss it, but sponsoring an IndyCar makes sound sense, says Mike Spear, in this month's End Point column.

Remember the basics of maintenance

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Despite the “buzz” about asset management systems don’t forget the “oilers”, advises Mike Spear, in this month's End Point column.

European chemical makers face printer overloads

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Upcoming REACH regulations will tax IT systems and generate mountains of paper, according to Mike Spear in his monthly End Point column.

Thanks for the memories...

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As the end of the year approaches it's always tempting to look back and review what’s happened over the past 12 months. For Mike Spear though, he's about to head off into the welcoming arms of retirement.

Support your college

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Academic laurels alone do not guarantee survival, according to Mike Spear in his monthly column.

Today’s China Syndrome

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Process engineering & chemical manufacturing: The control room features row upon row of operator stations for a complex-wide integrated control system based on Emerson Process Management’s PlantWeb digital architecture and DeltaV distributed control systems. The complex boasts the world’s largest...

Energy Savings Pick up Steam

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More attention to steam systems and trap monitoring provides big benefits. At most chemical plants, plant management and operators face increasing pressures to improve the energy efficiency of their processes, so they should see how they can save on steam.

Better Design Is No Pipe Dream

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The benefits of using pipeline simulation tools at the piping and instrumentation diagram (P&ID) level, rather than running simulations just on the process flow diagram, can often be overlooked.

It's time to tank complacency

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Europe’s largest-ever peacetime fire raises doubts over tank farm safety.

Distillation deserves a high profile

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Columns often present abundant opportunities for improvement, says Editor in Chief Mark Rosenzweig in his monthly column.

Engineers should talk up the profession

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A recent poll provides an industrial perspective and points up its troubling implications. As many universities are discovering, science and technology aren’t as popular as they once were. It's your job to spread the word, however small.

Chemistry offers attractions on many scales

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Even in a depressed job market, chemists have the kudos to prove their worth.

Can we keep pace with computers?

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The roll-out of 64-bit operating systems may necessitate taking stock of what we have.

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