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Top of the Charts: Market-Based Management Book

May 3, 2007 12:09 pm | Comments

"The Science of Success: How Market-Based Management Built the World's Largest Private Company" is a new business book by Charles G. Koch, chairman and CEO of Koch Industries Inc.

Worth Clicking: Treatment Solutions

May 3, 2007 12:00 pm | Comments

Severn Trent De Nora, a provider of water disinfection treatment solutions, has launched a new web site to feature detailed information on its product line including its water treatment systems, sewage treatment systems, and on-site sodium hypochlorite generation systems.

Tech Library: Specialty Chemicals

May 3, 2007 12:00 pm | Comments

Sartomer Co. Inc., Exton, PA, has announced enhanced features to its online technical library including improved search functionality for its product selection guide and easier access to its growing archive of new product alerts.

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Best Bet: Catalog With Coupons

May 3, 2007 12:00 pm | Comments

Labelmaster, Chicago, has special coupons in its new "Warehouse Source: Supplies for Distribution & Material Management" catalog.

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Online Resource: Sound Guidance

May 3, 2007 12:00 pm | Comments

Will wearing dual protection — an earmuff in addition to earplugs — provide added protection against extreme noise levels? What are the pros and cons of using dual protection?

Knowing Your Limits: Traversing the Ups and Downs of Alarm Trips

May 3, 2007 8:46 am | Comments

A limit alarm trip, known by many names, is a hardware device that monitors a process signal — such as temperature, pressure, level, or flow — and compares it against a preset limit. If the process signal moves to an undesirable high or low condition, the alarm activates a relay output to warn of trouble, provide on/off control, or institute an emergency shutdown.

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How to Build a Digital Foundation for Enterprise O&M Management

May 3, 2007 8:33 am | Comments

The pressures to reduce costs and increase productivity in process manufacturing industries are unrelenting and are often labeled the top two enterprise-wide priorities for companies today. A seemingly logical consequence of the cost-cutting priority is the on-going practice of trimming operations and maintenance (O&M) staff allocations.

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Daily Grind: Reduction Technologies Hit Uniformity and Energy Goals

May 3, 2007 8:06 am | Comments

Conserve energy. Improve efficiencies. Lower production costs. Produce less waste. The list goes on. As energy and raw material costs have risen and had an impact on the production costs of most products, consumers, businesses, and engineers have become more conscientious about consuming resources.

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‘Cool’ Data: Air Dryer Sheet

May 2, 2007 12:04 pm | Comments

Van Air Systems, Lake City, PA, is offering a new informational data sheet describing its compact HTR Series high inlet-temperature refrigerated air dryers.

White Paper: Advice on Asia

May 2, 2007 12:04 pm | Comments

East West Associates, Charlotte, NC, provides planning and project management services for companies establishing manufacturing operations in Asia, primarily China and Vietnam.

Smart Investment: Alarm Textbook

May 2, 2007 12:04 pm | Comments

In recognition of the need for alarm management as a means to improve operating reliability and safety at the world's operating plants, the Instrument Society of America has entered into agreement with PAS Inc. to re-publish an alarm management handbook.

A Look Inside Tubing: Avoiding Leaks and the Hassles That Follow Them

May 2, 2007 11:24 am | Comments

Plant engineers and maintenance personnel are facing tougher demands in the construction, maintenance, and upgrade of processing systems. The performance expectations for these systems are much higher than they were just 10 years ago.

Weighing Woes? Compression Load Cells Can Be Good for Your Tanks

May 2, 2007 8:50 am | Comments

Why have so many plants switched from the higher accuracy load cell to level probes and site glasses to determine the contents of tanks? Let's explore the most common reasons and, in the process, examine the root causes of many vessel weighing dilemmas.

Save the Planet and Turn a Profit

May 2, 2007 8:38 am | Comments

Signs of global warming are all around us, from melting glaciers to stifling heat waves. The 10 hottest years on record have all occurred since 1990, and scientists say global warming is likely to disrupt water supplies, flood coastal areas, increase disease outbreaks, and cause fragile lands such as alpine meadows and coastal marshes to vanish.

Industriepark Oberbruch: A Place for Technology-Based Processing Companies

April 16, 2007 7:42 am | Comments

Industriepark Oberbruch reflects an interesting concept in current investment philosophies for chemical companies expanding to Europe. It's a center for companies engaged in leading future technologies such as innovative new materials (e.g., carbon fibers) and fuel cells.

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