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Facts on Spray Drying: Viable Solution for Georgia’s Kaolin Industry

December 6, 2007 10:57 am | Comments

Spray drying is the most widely used industrial process involving particle formation coupled with drying. It's well suited for continuous large-scale production of dry solids in powder, granulate, or agglomerate form from solutions, emulsions, and pumpable dispersions.

Chem Show Takes Over Big Apple

October 5, 2007 5:41 am | Comments

For more than five decades, the Chemical Process Industries Exposition has been the key trade show for professionals, providing a unique venue to see, touch, and discuss new products. This year's edition of the Chem Show boasts approximately 600 exhibitors from around the world and is expected to draw more than 10,000 visitors.


BIOFUEL BOOM: Peristaltic Pumps Find Home in Ethanol Production

October 2, 2007 4:59 am | Comments

Despite their many advantages, peristaltic pumps represent a modest percentage of the positive displacement market in the U.S. This is primarily because they're relatively new in the U.S. However, as plant managers are pressured to reduce the life cycle costs of pumps, their benefits are becoming more widely known, making peristaltic hose and tubing pumps the fastest growing pumps in North America. Here's a look at how these pumps can be used in ethanol production.


BIOFUEL BOOM: Chromatography Goes to Work on Fuel-Grade Ethanol

October 2, 2007 4:53 am | Comments

As biofuels continue to be pushed to the forefront of the energy market, accurate analytical evaluation is increasing in importance. Analysis speed is becoming a crucial matter in every part of the fuel manufacturing process. The following article examines this important trend and discusses the refinements of methods and equipment aimed at ensuring quality.

BIOFUEL BOOM: Columbia Bioenergy Sets Standard in Northwest

October 2, 2007 4:46 am | Comments

Although Columbia Bioenergy never used a blueprint when building its new plant in early 2005, it currently stands as Washington state's largest producer of biodiesel with a current production capacity of 10 million gallons per year. As it continues to elevate the biodiesel movement in the Pacific Northwest, two of the company's leaders rely on their roots in the farming industry, key partnerships, and quality equipment to reach new heights. Here's their story…


Winning Recipe: Indicator Helps Company Keep Tabs on Ingredients

October 1, 2007 12:09 pm | Comments

To keep better track of the chemicals used in its batching operation, a leading producer of wood chemical treatments has adopted a new kind of weighing solution that enables it to monitor how much of each ingredient is used.


The 4 Keys to Choosing the Correct Crawler for Your Needs

October 1, 2007 12:02 pm | Comments

Finding the right crawler among the myriad of choices in the marketplace requires careful consideration and some compromise. Here are the most important issues to consider when determining the ideal crawler size for your application.

Zero Tolerance: Coupler Makes Possible Safe Transfer of Butadiene

October 1, 2007 11:49 am | Comments

Texas Petrochemicals and OPW Engineered Systems team up to create the safest possible way to transfer flammable butadiene. Hooking up a railcar now takes seconds instead of half an hour. Here’s the story of how they did it…


Planning and Pumping the Unknown: What You Need to Anticipate

October 1, 2007 11:34 am | Comments

Careful projections and attention to detail are required when designing a total pump system. Keep in mind that friction is the most expensive element in any design. Here's a review of factors to investigate in order to save money and improve performance.

The Issues and Advantages of Non-Metallic Pump Bearing Design

October 1, 2007 11:20 am | Comments

Preventing contaminants from infiltrating your pumped fluids can avoid significant problems. Here's a look at non-metallic vertical pump bearings, how they can help, and what you might want to do once you know all the facts.

The Challenges of High-Level Measurement of Tanks With Floating Roofs

October 1, 2007 11:12 am | Comments

This article reviews common approaches used to indicate when the roof reaches a high point — including RF admittance switches, which can be calibrated so that they alarm on the material in the vessel if the roof sinks, preventing an overfill condition.

Standing Tall: Plastic Cooling Towers Capture Metal’s Old Territory

October 1, 2007 11:00 am | Comments

Factory-assembled cooling towers made with engineered molded plastic boast longevity as well as savings on maintenance, downtime, energy, and even real estate. Here's a look at a handful of real-world solutions using these versatile designs.

WORTH A CLICK: Gas Solutions

October 1, 2007 6:10 am | Comments

General Monitors, Lake Forest, CA, a leader in fire and gas hazardous process monitoring, has a new website designed to be a resource for safety professionals.

NEW CATALOG: Compliance Data

October 1, 2007 6:09 am | Comments

Labelmaster, a U.S.-based manufacturer of regulatory compliance products, has published its new "Regulatory Compliance Solutions" catalog.

HELPFUL RESOURCE: Guide to Effective Tank Cleaning

October 1, 2007 6:09 am | Comments

A new 52-page catalog on tank cleaning has been released by Spraying Systems Co., Wheaten, IL.


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