Effectively contacting materials is crucial for operations ranging from solids suspension to gas dispersion and from reacting raw materials to compounding finished ingredients. The wide variety of mixer types — dynamic and static, as well as in-tank and in-line — and the design options for the mixers and vessels can make selecting the right unit tough. And troubleshooting an existing unit can be tricky.
To help you master your mixing, Chemical Processing has put together an eHandbook. It includes insight on:
- First, Select the Right Blender -- Understand the pros and cons of three key kinds of devices
- Improve Mixer Performance -- Inexpensive changes may enhance results from long-installed equipment
- Recharge Your Approach to Mixing -- Consider inline mixing to minimize costs and improve quality
Continuum Approach to Optimizing Downstream Final Drying With Upstream Solid-Liquid Filtration, Cake Washing & Dewatering
This article reviews the optimization of the final drying technology in conjunction with the upstream continuous solid-liquid filtration, cake washing, and dewatering technology. This article illustrates that by taking a holistic approach and looking at each step not individually but as a continuum, the process solution becomes much more efficient.07/15/2019
Knowing your options when selecting the appropriate flow meter technology to measure natural gas, water and steam in power generation in boiler applications is critical for improving energy efficiency. In Sierra’s new white paper, discover which flow meter technologies provide the most accurate flow measurement data so you can optimize your boiler efficiency and energy production.05/29/2019
Once-Through Oil-Lubricated Rotary Vane Vacuum Pumps – The Robust and Proven Solution for Difficult Applications
Oil-lubricated rotary vane vacuum pumps have been successfully used in many fields for decades. Today, they are amongst the most widely used mechanical vacuum pumps in the industry.05/29/2019
A modern refinery is a highly complex but integrated system, separating as well transforming heavier hydrocarbons into saleable fuels and chemicals. Improving a refinery is very critical, as it directly relates to sending more products to the market.
To help you improve your refinery, Chemical Processing has put together an eHandbook. It includes insight on:
- Tailor Your Project Delivery Process -- Treating every project the same can lead to excessive deliverables or missed steps
- Successfully Sample Sticky Hydrocarbons -- Proper technology and design techniques ensure safe, reliable sampling of viscous and hot process streams
- Successfully Select an Industrial Fan -- Gathering site and fan history is crucial when choosing the right unit for the application
- Mitigate Explosions with Oxygen Measurement -- Select the right oxygen analyzer for your process control requirements
Flow is fundamental to the operation of any chemical plant. Ensuring you sidestep piping and pump problems is paramount.
To help you fend off foibles, Chemical Processing has put together an eHandbook. It includes insight on:
- Prevent Suction Piping Problems -- Follow best practices when designing pump systems
- Head Off Centrifugal Pump Problems -- Attention to head tolerances can prevent poor performance and rework
- Size Up a Tall Order -- An elevated vessel may provide a worthwhile alternative to a booster pump
- Follow These 6 Tips for Sight Glass Selection -- Knowing the forces detrimental to the glass can prevent a system shutdown or catastrophic failure
There are many factors to figure when managing flow -- piping, mixing and vacuums are just a few. But if you master these, it’ll be much easier to go with the flow.
To ensure flow is forever in your favor, Chemical Processing has put together an eHandbook. It includes insight on:
- Mind Piping System Mechanics -- Ensure your layout can handle anticipated stresses.
- Stop Inconsistent Mixing -- A range of factors can contribute to erratic performance.
- Make The Case For Vacuum Boosters -- Reduce costs while increasing flow and improving energy efficiency.
So many factors can impact flow. Piping issues and hose maintenance are just a few. Indeed, poorly designed suction piping can result in pump damage and even failure. And knowing the right time to replace
hoses in a chemical processing plant is a common concern among many plant managers and maintenance
To help you mitigate flow problems, Chemical Processing has put together an eHandbook. It includes insight on:
- Prevent Suction Piping Problems – Follow best practices when designing pump systems
- Create a Preventive Hose Maintenance Plan – Follow these five steps to determine the best replacement timeline
- Consider Portable Flow Instruments – Some circumstances warrant the use of such devices
Some companies think that their problems relate to mixing. In most cases, the difficulties result from not paying enough attention to the process and, sometimes, just from inadequate attention to the details. The results can be disastrous.
To help avoid mishaps, Chemical Processing has put together an eHandbook. It includes insight on:
- Stop Inconsistent Mixing – A range of factors can contribute to erratic performance.
- Get Educated On The Basics Of Particle Size Reduction – Proper methodology depends on solid materials and their properties.
- Consider Agitated Photo Reactors For Industrial Synthesis – Technology can help lower reaction temperatures and reduce byproducts.
- Prepare For Industry 4.0 – Integrated, holistic, smart operations help manufacturers gain a competitive edge.
The demands of sophisticated automated processing systems, the need for ever-tighter process control, and an increasingly stringent regulatory environment drive process engineers to seek more precise and reliable level measurement systems. Improved level measurement accuracy makes it possible to reduce chemical-process variability, resulting in higher product quality, reduced cost, and less waste. Regulations, especially those governing electronic records, set stringent requirements for accuracy, reliability and electronic reporting. The newer level measurement technologies help meet these requirements.08/21/2018
People have been using various devices to measure level since about 3000 BC. The first historical references to a measuring device were dipsticks or staff gauges used to indicate the amount of water stored in reservoirs for farming. Next came crude float-type devices to indicate the height of drinking water reserves in underground cisterns or storage caverns.
Modern instrumentation uses more than 20 different technologies to satisfy the ever-growing requirements for level measurement in a wide variety of applications. Some instruments measure level directly, while others measure some other variable that is related to level.
To help you do your level best, Chemical Processing has put together an eHandbook. It includes insight on:
- Get To The Bottom Of Level Limitations – Positioning the lowest tap for a measurement demands care
- Consider FMCW Radar For Level Measurement – Technology helps plant continuously monitor inventory in dust-prone environment.
- 3D Level Sensors Help Address Storage Challenges – Technology and software advances provide greater visibility into a vessel’s inventory.
Sometimes using a radar sensor for liquid level measurement is child’s play. Sometimes. But not always. This paper covers a few challenging applications that prove through-air radar can reliably measure some of the toughest media and vessels to benefit the user.07/17/2018
The ability to see what is happening inside a pipe can be invaluable to process operators. Despite technological advances, no sensor can equal the human eye, which has more than 94 million photo receptors. While your eyes are peeled you must also understand the tolerances allowed under API-610 with regard to pump shutoff head and rated differential head can avoid costly rework and schedule delays.
To help you keep your eyes on fluid handling and to help with your moves, Chemical Processing has put together an eHandbook. It includes insight on:
- Head Off Centrifugal Pump Problems -- Attention to head tolerances can prevent poor performance and rework
- Set Your Sights on Better Flow -- Use this primer to determine the right sight flow indicator for the application
- Pressing System Aids Copper Recycling Plant -- Piping installation method helps eliminate bottlenecks and leaks and meet capacity needs
Thermal fluids have the potential to directly affect the safety, maintenance, efficiency and reliability of overall plant operations. These fluids deserve dedicated considerations on how they can impact the protection of your plant personnel — safety of your people, the protection of your equipment investment, the ability to run an efficient operation in terms of energy cost and scheduling, and the avoidance of production downtime that can be associated with unscheduled maintenance activities. From safety to efficiency, this Special Report covers all the basics on how to optimize your heat transfer fluid selection. Download now.05/16/2018
Poorly designed and overly simplistic energy performance indicators often drive energy savings at the expense of product yield or quality. To identify opportunities for substantial reductions in energy consumption in your refining operations, look to modern simulation tools and optimization methods to enable investigating all the potential alternatives for distillation separation sequences and selecting the best sequences.
To help you with opportunities, Chemical Processing has put together an eHandbook. It includes insight on:
- Save Energy In Distillation -- Revamping may cut consumption considerably
- EMISs Evolve to See the Bigger Picture -- Adding process considerations improves energy savings and production performance.
- Consider Liquid Ring Technology for Dry Chlorine Compression -- Liquid ring compressors offer lower cost and other advantages for chlorine processing applications
The ability to understand flow is invaluable to process operators. Despite technological advances, tools are only as good as the person using them. Indeed, no sensor can equal the human eye, which has more than 94 million photo receptors. And no solution will solve all issues without proper mastery.
To help you be proficient in flow, Chemical Processing has put together an eHandbook. It includes insight on:
• Don’t Let Baffles Baffle You — Understand the role of baffles and best practices for them
• Can Particle Size Predict Powder Flow Behavior? — Understanding particle behavior and measurement methods can help improve flow operations
• Set Your Sights on Better Flow — Use this primer to determine the right sight flow indicator for the application
• Improve Boiler Efficiency — Know your options when selecting the appropriate flowmeter technology to measure natural gas, water and steam in power generation
• 50 Years of Training Yields Revelations — Process veteran offers some valuable tips to understanding process analyzer sampling systems04/11/2018
Vertical pumps suit a diverse range of industrial applications for services ranging from low to high pressure. To ensure they can handle your applications, it's best to know how to spot and tackle common problems. If you’re dealing with slurries, prepare for a whole other set of problems including how to move them without changing the characteristics of the product. And if you’re looking for clever ways to prevent cavitation in centrifugal pumps, air injection might be the answer.
To help achieve better flow, Chemical Processing has put together an eHandbook that highlights all of the above. It includes insight on:
- Vanquish Vertical Pump Vexations -- Address common problems including undersized motor drivers
- Improve Slurry Handling -- Consider a variety of techniques when working with wet cakes, pastes and slurries
- Head Off Cavitation -- Air injection into centrifugal pumps sometimes can prevent the problem
Flow meters ensure accurate flow rate measurement for industrial applications. Choosing the right one ensures optimum results. Understanding factors such as flow, operating environment and performance are important when selecting a flow. A basic understanding of their differences and advantages also helps in choosing the right technology.11/07/2017
Refineries are faced with many challenges. Indeed, fluctuating oil prices and reduced availability of skilled workers, along with tighter environmental regulations have made it necessary to adapt their management approach. Factor in the need to lasso energy and capital savings and do it all with equipment that is well past original design life, and you’ve got a tall order to fill.
To help refineries improve safety, reduce operating costs and boost production from their aging assets, Chemical Processing has put together an eHandbook. It includes insight on:
- Processing Equipment Tips: Consider Modularization -- Ten emerging trends will reshape how chemical makers approach and manage safety
- Dividing Wall Column Provides Sizable Energy Savings -- Follow some pointers to succeed at sites covered by the statute.
- Reﬁneries: Rethink Corrosion Monitoring -- Consider permanently installed wireless non-intrusive ultrasonic sensors
Whether your process requires dosing a precise volume of liquid into another flow stream in a specified time period or you need to address grounding challenges in electromagnetic flow meters (EMF), understanding flow applications is crucial. To help you, we’ve put together another Chemical Processing eHandbook. It includes insight on:
- Master Metering Pumps -- Understand when to use piston and diaphragm devices for precise liquid dosing
- Successfully Ground Your Electromagnetic Flow Meters -- Unique virtual reference method helps address grounding challenges in EMFs used in harsh applications.
- Oil Recycling Company Presses On -- Pipe press helps speed installation and reduce costs at new oil recycling facility