We've come a long way since radio frequency identification (RFID) technology was first used to track military planes in World War II. Today, by combining RFID with the electronic product code (EPC), the technology has many new uses from improving efficiency in the retail supply chain to protecting patients from receiving counterfeit drugs.
The Texas A&M University System is famous for its agricultural and engineering programs but less well known is the fact that one of its agencies has the country's largest training facility for firefighters. The 120-acre Brayton Fire Training Field is operated by the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) and includes full-scale buildings, a chemical complex, a petroleum refinery unit, a loading terminal, a ship, and an aircraft fuselage for realistic firefighting drills.
In our first issue of 2007, CHEM.INFO asked industry experts from chemical processing associations across the country about the challenges chemical plants would face in the coming year. Most predicted that the growing energy crisis, plant security concerns, and railroad service issues would be the most problematic. Knowing our readers would not sit by idly, we asked how they're handling what they view as the industry's toughest issues.
Ludeca Inc., Doral, FL, is offering two new videos on alignment, vibration, and balancing. The first video examines the features and benefits of the Rotalign Ultra shaft alignment system with continuous sweep measurement mode and wireless Bluetooth communication to the sensor.
Metalfab Inc., Vernon, NJ, is offering a free brochure on feeding equipment for a wide range of processing industry applications. Included are sections on weigh feeders, volumetric feeders, and volumetric belt feeders.
ISPE, a global not-for-profit association of more than 23,000 pharmaceutical manufacturing professionals, has released its Good Practice Guide: Commissioning and Qualification of Pharmaceutical Water and Steam Systems.
A free brochure from DeWAL Industries, Saunderstown, RI, explains how high-performance polymer films improve flexible hose designs.
MTS Systems Corp., Sensors Division, Cary, NC, has introduced a free product catalog for linear position feedback solutions for fluid power.
A new Web site that contains thousands of high-precision brand name instruments, accessories, and supplies for a variety of laboratory applications has been introduced by Mass and Measurement of Canton, MA.
Scientific Dust Collectors, Alsip, IL, has a new product catalog on CD that details baghouse and cartridge dust collectors and offers in-depth information on various applications.
Dust collection systems should not be overlooked in the ongoing effort to cut energy costs.
Brady Corp., Milwaukee, WI, is introducing several new products in its lockout/tagout solutions catalog.
Upgrading the seal material, for example, to a fluoropolymer or PTFE can extend a seal's thermal limit.
Better productivity and product quality generate increase in revenues By Ing. José Manuel Cardel Gonzalez and Oliver Faidi Cortes Automation of laboratory data capture and analysis is seen as the major challenge facing the petrochemical industry.