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Greener Chemistry Soon To Be A Reality In California

March 3, 2014 6:02 am | by Michael Kirschner, Principal Consultant, ENVIRON | Comments

The State of California, through its Department of Toxic Substances Control, is proceeding with a major new regulatory program aimed at reducing or eliminating many toxic chemicals in consumer products. The state’s actions could significantly impact the way many consumer products are made and sold in California and throughout the United States.

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The rising cost of energy has forced many manufacturers to focus their sights on innovative ways to optimize energy consumption and improve operational efficiency. Energy management, process efficiency and incorporating more sustainable procedures are cri

Improve Operational Efficiency With Energy Optimization

February 27, 2014 1:00 am | by Jim McMahon, sustainability and renewable energy writer | Comments

The rising cost of energy has forced many manufacturers to focus their sights on innovative ways to optimize energy consumption and improve operational efficiency. Energy management, process efficiency and incorporating more sustainable procedures are critical for maintaining a competitive edge in today’s markets. 

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The Changing Energy Marketplace

February 26, 2014 2:24 pm | by Thomas McCann Mullooly and Kurt Rempe of Foley & Lardner | Comments

Manufacturers have found a new weapon in their battle with production costs – energy savings. Whether by generating their own electricity, negotiating with their local utility, or managing their production process to take advantage of price signals in the energy marketplace, manufacturers are taking an active role determining the energy component of their product costs.

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In a large facility, like the one a specialty chemical company operates, there are often many opportunities for energy savings. By using the appropriate monitoring systems for all their different processes, dramatic cost savings can be realized while runn

Gas & Vapor Monitoring For Energy Savings

February 24, 2014 1:00 am | by Debra Hall, Director of Sales, Control Instruments | Comments

In a large chemical facility there are often many opportunities for energy savings. By using the appropriate monitoring systems, dramatic cost savings can be realized while running at peak efficiency. The following case study shows how tracking VOC emissions and implementing BTU and LFL analyzers contributed to productivity, increased safety and energy savings. 

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A couple of weeks ago one of Chevron's fracking well pads exploded and caused a deadly fire in a small town in Pennsylvania. Since, the apology letters and coupons for free pizza have met with a great deal of internet scorn. Is there a "right" way to apol

Eliminating Energy Costs And Carbon Footprint

February 21, 2014 6:55 am | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor, Chem.Info | Comments

The experts at Carbon Lighthouse are working together with industrial and commercial facilities to reduce emissions and dramatically save on energy costs. Their first mission is to serve the environment by finding and delivering financially beneficial solutions for clients and move them closer to becoming carbon neutral. 

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Taking Control Of Energy

February 19, 2014 4:37 am | by Michael Nicoloro, PE and Joan Fontaine, PE | Comments

Over the past generation, energy has been a defining economic issue. Fluctuations in price and availability of energy have a significant impact on profitability, and the unpredictability of the energy markets is a common source of worry for anyone managing energy supplies. The uncertainty that has characterized energy markets has taken a toll on manufacturers.

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Nothing affects productivity as dramatically as essential equipment downtime and while most manufacturers have comprehensive equipment maintenance and service programs in place to minimize downtime and quickly restore equipment to service when downtimes d

Productivity Plagued By Power Quality Problems

February 17, 2014 1:51 pm | by Ben Grimes, Chief Technology Officer, Innovolt | Comments

Nothing affects productivity as dramatically as equipment downtime. While most manufacturers have comprehensive maintenance and service programs to minimize downtime and quickly restore equipment to service, the vast majority pay little attention to a problem that causes 30 to 40 percent of business downtime: power quality fluctuations.

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Chemicals mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity in the fourth quarter of 2013 saw a large uptick that helped level off 2013 overall deal volume and value, largely in part due to divestitures and mega deals – those valued at more than $1 billion, accordi

Chemical M&A Boosted In Q4

February 17, 2014 1:00 am | by PwC US | Comments

Chemicals mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity in the fourth quarter of 2013 saw a large uptick that helped level off 2013 overall deal volume and value, largely due to divestitures and mega deals.

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10 Supply Chain Initiatives Changing How Companies Conduct Commerce

February 13, 2014 3:45 pm | by Elemica | Comments

The 2014 resolutions of process industry clients focus across a variety of initiatives, like building more robust technology infrastructures, automating business processes, or improved collaboration with trading partners. These initiatives ultimately point to the same goal - a real competitive advantage. 

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Top 10 Biofuels & Biobased Predictions For 2014

February 12, 2014 2:25 am | by Jim Lane, Biofuels Digest | Comments

RFS2, E85, Algae, sorghum, butadiene, propylene, licensing, hot mergers, the Great Green Fleet and integrated biorefineries are all in the mix as predictions are made for the upcoming year in biofuels.                                

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7 Reasons To Benchmark Manufacturing Performance

February 6, 2014 1:00 am | by Mike Roberts, LNS Research | Comments

Whether it’s for internal comparisons, or for measuring the effectiveness of a company against close competitors, benchmarking is a vital continuous improvement tool. And although it’s safe to say that the average executive understands the benefits of benchmarking performance, that doesn’t necessarily mean his or her company has ever participated in such an initiative.

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Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in January for the eighth consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 56th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.

Extreme Weather Cools Down Manufacturing

February 5, 2014 11:59 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Comments

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in January for the eighth consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 56th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.

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Processing Trends, Chemical Industry Knowledge Lead To Custom Approach

February 5, 2014 1:00 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Comments

Regulatory changes, raw material volatility and supply chain fluctuations continue to dominate product development and resource planning for the chemical processing marketplace. Few know these dynamics as well as Don Mahoney, global head of SAP’s Chemicals Industry Business Solutions, who shares some insights on trends impacting the marketplace.

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Fight Spoilage With Better Packaging & Process Technology

February 3, 2014 2:42 am | by interpack | Comments

Innovative packages are the key in the fight against food loss and wastage. More effective barrier layers, germicidal films and freshness indicators are intended to help products to keep for longer and stop consumers’ throwaway mentality. However, despite all these improvements, companies have to keep a constant eye on process efficiency and on costs.

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The Right Tools For The Job: Implementing FEL

January 30, 2014 1:00 am | by Jens M. Ebert, PE, PMP; SSOE Group | Comments

Last week an industry expert examined Front-End-Loading - the project management process that involves developing sufficient project definition so that owners can make investment decisions, minimize risk and maximize the potential for success, and broke down the first implementation steps. This week moves on to a discussion of the next two phases of the FEL process and breaks down the cost-benefit analysis for the process.  

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