Tunable diode laser-based analyzers can eliminate costly inaccurate acetylene measurement problems in ethylene production.
By Christian Deville-Cavellin, Ugitech SA Every industrial process aims to optimize speed. For French stainless steel manufacturer Ugitech SA, that goal translates into running its continuous casting machines at the highest possible speed while maintaining its standard of quality.
It has never been more important for companies to save on costs than today. Melting iron ore in a furnace, for example, requires high levels of energy, so every kilowatt saved can be significant.
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Alon USA's Big Spring Refinery suffered an explosion that completely shut it down; the first order of business was simple?respond, restart and rebuild.
Hydraulic systems play a critical role in press operation, enabling the transfer and concentration of enormous force to press metal into desirable shapes in very hostile environments. However, conventional hydraulic systems can be highly inefficient, and lack the precise control necessary to achieve the highest levels of quality and productivity.
Survey results would indicate that this segment has not been hit as hard as others by current economic conditions.
Although this segment has been hit hard in recent years due to natural disasters in the Gulf of Mexico and a lack of interest in building more refineries, it is still surprising to see that investments in this sector could take a pretty dramatic step backwards in 2009.
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.