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How to Improve Sustainability, the Process, and Bottom Line

March 5, 2008 6:37 am | Comments

Each day, the realities of global resource depletion and environmental degradation are at the forefront in the news and in our own minds. Often, it seems that the initiatives that strive for the good of tomorrow mean undue sacrifices today.

Taking Pressure Off Blower Selection With Regenerative Technology

March 5, 2008 6:35 am | Comments

Blowers provide critical enabling technology for chemical processing plants and refineries to handle or separate hazardous and corrosive gases, whether in vent header off-gassing, spot source, centrifuge venting, or scrubber applications. But changes are in the wind concerning the equipment used to perform these jobs, largely due to mounting industry pressures to reduce energy and maintenance costs, simplify processes, and improve productivity.

Low Fat and Tasty Membrane Concentrates Proteins to Make Fried Foods Better

March 5, 2008 6:35 am | Comments

Dr. Stephen D. Kelleher, founder and chief scientist of Proteus Industries Inc. of Gloucester, MA, has achieved something once thought impossible. He has developed a way to produce tasty low-fat battered and breaded chicken, meat, or fish products. Proteus Industries is the company behind NutriLean and NutraPure fat-impenetrable proteins.

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What You Need to Know About Pharma-Grade Fabrics and Their Use

March 5, 2008 6:34 am | Comments

Woven industrial textiles have long been used in a variety of filtration, screening, and separation processes in the manufacturing of pharmaceutical and nutraceutical compounds. Primarily these are found in liquid-solid and gas-solid separation applications in both API and finished pharmaceutical processing.

On-Line Viscometers: How They Can Be Used to End Production Losses

January 30, 2008 10:56 am | Comments

Loss of production is a thing of the past for a Hong Kong-based company thanks to the XL7 process viscometer from Hydramotion Ltd.

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Storage Tank Coatings: The Most Important Selection Guidelines

January 30, 2008 10:50 am | Comments

If you're considering the purchase of a new storage tank, the type of coating found on the inside will be one of the most important factors you consider. Whether you plan to store liquid or dry bulk chemicals, or other liquid or dry bulk products, each material has its own specific requirements.

Personal Protective Equipment: The Top 10 Questions & Answers

January 30, 2008 10:46 am | Comments

Using the right personal protective equipment (PPE) — as well as disposing of it properly — is especially important in chemical plants where workers may be exposed to harsh and even dangerous chemicals. Here are questions often asked about selecting and using hand protection products and apparel in processing and handling applications.

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…

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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.

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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