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All Shook Up: What You Need to Know About Mixers and Thickeners

January 30, 2008 10:19 am | Comments

Thickeners, already widely used, are being studied to take advantage of their unique properties. This trend, together with advances in mixing technology, suggests that thickeners are becoming even more significant. Here's a guide to understanding them better…

Keeping It Clean: New Seal Eliminates Risk of Bacteria and Contamination

January 30, 2008 10:12 am | Comments

Maintaining an ultra clean environment is a priority in many processing industries including the food and pharmaceutical arenas. A new spring-energized PTFE-based seal promises the ultimate in cleanliness. Here's an inside look at its new design…

Nuclear Myth Busters

January 30, 2008 9:56 am | Comments

Despite thousands of satisfied users of this technology worldwide, nuclear measurement gauges are sometimes a pariah to companies and their employees. From many companies perspective, the move to be more environmentally friendly has sometimes superseded the facts about nuclear gauges, their benefits to process operations, and most important, the safety and environmental issues surrounding this measurement technology.

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9 Reasons for Using a Single Software System for Your Chemical Business

January 17, 2008 10:02 am | Comments

Enterprise resource planning (ERP) software is designed to improve and automate manufacturing operations. Within a process manufacturing company, business processes such as laboratory, regulatory reporting, order entry, accounting, production, stores and point-of-sale (POS), inventory, and purchasing are traditionally managed by several software systems.

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PRODUCT TECHNOLOGY HIGHLIGHT: New Generation of Inverting Filter Centrifuges

December 10, 2007 11:33 am | Comments

Inverting filter centrifuges are virtually continuous, fully automated filtering centrifuges with horizontally mounted bowls. The main characteristic is the discharge process, which is guaranteed to leave no residual heel.

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Double Trouble: Hydraulic Lubrication Woes

December 10, 2007 11:08 am | Comments

Air and bubbles, or fluid aeration and cavitation, can cause numerous problems in a hydraulic and lubrication oil system. You should be attentive to abnormal noise, poor component response due to spongy behavior of aerated fluids, and high fluid temperature as signs of poor lubricant health.

Neural Network Flame Detection Technology for Reliable Monitoring

December 7, 2007 6:43 am | Comments

Accurate flame monitoring is a safety, process, and risk management challenge for chemical plant engineers. Chemical plant operators need reliable flame detection for flash fire conditions that spread rapidly and cause great harm. They must at the same time minimize the potential for false alarms that initiate fire suppression systems unnecessarily, cause damage to equipment, and impede productivity.

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.

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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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