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Operator Interface Systems for Plants: The Ins and Outs and Ups and Downs

December 7, 2007 5:42 am | Comments

Chemical plant operators face specific challenges when selecting an operator interface system (OIS). Like most organizations that process sensitive materials, they need stainless steel systems for their aseptic and cleanability properties; systems that are designed and engineered to withstand years of rigorous use; access to a wide range of customizable options so that the system meets their specific needs; and a compact, ergonomic design that allows the system to be deployed exactly where needed.

Pressure Regulators: How to Pick the Best One for High-Purity Use

December 7, 2007 5:28 am | Comments

Pressure regulators are highly technical and specialized fluid handling components. When selecting a regulator, make sure to define application needs with consideration not only to pressure requirements but also to flow rate, gas/liquid composition, and temperature. Proper selection can avoid undesirable conditions such as droop and creep while poor selection can lead to failures such as improper pressure control and contamination of gas streams.

Inside QA/QC Data Management for the Chem and Pharma Industries

December 7, 2007 5:08 am | Comments

In an effort to improve their financial, technical, and compliance positions, leading chemical and pharmaceutical companies have priority initiatives to eliminate the routine, non-value-added tasks in research and manufacturing through automation.

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How to Improve Compliance Throughout the Chemical Lifecycle

December 7, 2007 4:38 am | Comments

As the number of regulations increases worldwide, companies are being held increasingly responsible for the safety of products they manufacture and/or use in the workplace. The best way to prevent potential fines and penalties is to develop and adhere to a comprehensive compliance management program that addresses all phases of the chemical lifecycle — from the cradle to the grave.

Chemical Safety Hits Department of Homeland Security’s Agenda

December 7, 2007 4:27 am | Comments

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was formed as a single, integrated agency to focus on protecting the American people and their homeland. Chemical security continues to be a priority for the DHS, and this year we are feeling the effect of this on companies of all sizes and in all industries that use chemicals in their manufacturing process.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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.

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