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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.

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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.

Damage Control: Bellows Stand Up to Solvents in Paint Mixers

April 16, 2007 7:17 am | Comments

Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) shaft seal bellows with vulcanized seams are withstanding damage from aromatic solvents on mills that blend paint ingredients at Rust-Oleum Corp.'s Wisconsin plant. The bellows have been in service for almost a year under conditions that caused previous seals to fail within days.

Building Connections in the Sand

April 16, 2007 7:08 am | Comments

Ohio's Fairmount Minerals is one of the largest producers of industrial sand in the U.S., and its Illinois-based subsidiary, Wedron Silica, has been hard at work for more than a century. The sand is mined from the St. Peters Sandstone, which is a 200 million-year-old sand deposit that runs from Minnesota to Oklahoma.

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Mixing Systems

April 16, 2007 6:48 am | Comments

Variations of the Paravisc modular mixing system from Ekato Corp. are being used for the production of pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, gels, toothpastes, shampoos, and foodstuffs as well as paste-like products such as adhesives, paints, and building materials.

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Pollution Solution? Nano Research Leads to Happy Accident

April 16, 2007 6:44 am | Comments

Nanomaterial manufacturer nGimat may have accidentally found a solution to some of industry's biggest environmental problems. The company's ionic liquid solvents, stumbled upon during non-related precursor work, are now being developed to make industrial processes run cleaner and consume less energy.

Intelligent Inspectors: Solid Metal Detection With a Twist

April 16, 2007 6:29 am | Comments

Manufacturers do not need reminding that in today's litigious and safety conscious climate, a solid metal detection process is crucial. As they strive for greater automation and uptime, compliance with legislation and good manufacturing practice (GMP), manufacturers want a metal detector that does more than just prevent contamination.

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Recommended Reading: Test Results for Purging Compounds

April 13, 2007 11:52 am | Comments

The Dyna-Purge Division of Shuman Plastics Inc., Buffalo, NY, has introduced its new Dyna-Purge M grade. One of 10 engineered purging compounds, this enhanced formulation has been engineered to provide dual-scrubbing action so that it can purge faster and clean more effectively than other types of purging products.

More on Safety: Catalog or CD

April 13, 2007 11:52 am | Comments

Elobau Sensor Technologies, Lake Bluff, IL, is offering a 356-page print catalog or a CD to readers interested in learning more about magnetic sensors, vehicle and machine safety components, e-stops, and other devices

Microsite News: Link to RoHS Stats

April 13, 2007 8:58 am | Comments

FCI, Etters, PA, has set up online help for those concerned with meeting the Chinese RoHS environmental regulations that went into effect on March 1.

Butterfly Valves

April 6, 2007 11:39 am | Comments

Double Eccentric Vs. Centric Design The centric operating principle that most metal and plastic butterfly valves employ is often not enough for demanding applications. Let's examine a workable alternative: double eccentricity. Fig. 2 Fig. 3 Fig.

First Aid for Blenders: Seals to Stop the Bleeding

April 6, 2007 11:23 am | Comments

W.F. Taylor Co. Inc. manufactures state of the art, environmentally friendly adhesives and epoxies for the installation of floor covering products.

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