As could be expected with a general grouping like this, which includes a wider range of facilities with varying production focuses, responses show some interesting ranges.
Although this encompasses a range of facilities with varying plants, respondents seem to be unified in taking a less severe, yet cautious attitude when looking ahead to 2009 purchases.
While the processing marketplace is not immune to cutbacks, the pharmaceuticals segment offers more promise than most.
The most significant issues for this sector seem to stem from fewer capital equipment purchases being made over one year ago, and as a result, maintenance costs have increased, thereby impacting operational efficiency.
As could be expected with the changes in its business climate, this segment will not be among the most dynamic when it comes to purchasing in 2009.
While at a slower pace than last year, survey respondents show that a strong interest in purchasing new equipment and implementing new technology still persists.
It’s not quite as dramatic as a pioneer looking to the horizon and seeing the entire West laid out in front of him, but when Glenn Gibisch surveys the landscape at 3 Rivers Terminal, which is located in Joliet, IL, and operated by industrial chemical packager and distributor Seeler Industries, he can easily envision a limitless future for his company and customers. By Bill Holmes
UNiGY pump-modeling hydraulic drive technology
From the onset of the civilian nuclear era (marked by President Eisenhower’s “Atoms for Peace” speech to the United Nations in 1953) there has been a strong awareness of the importance of safety within the nuclear energy industry.
Emerson's Smart Wireless technology is helping E.ON UK accurately monitor and measure treated water usage, thus allowing trending and analysis to formulate target values at the company's Kingsnorth dual-fired power station.
The statistics-both staggering and sobering-are sounding the alarm for a radical transformation in the energy efficiency of pumping systems.
Chemically produced toner (CPT) is fast becoming the technology of choice in the imaging field as it produces a more controlled particle shape and size, while using less energy and producing less waste than conventional processing.
By Christine Pagcatipunan Process improvement and cost reduction are key motivators for any plant. As a result, automated tank cleaning is increasing in popularity.
With one digester already in place, Schmack BioEnergy looks to expand the use of its technology for converting biowaste to energy. By Jeff Reinke
Innovation Fuels ramps up its New York Harbor biodiesel plant to annually produce 1 million barrels of increasingly in-demand biodiesel comprised of waste-based feedstock, resulting in big gains for both the industry and company. By Carrie Ellis