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Mill Increases Efficiency By Avoiding Nasty Metal Contamination

September 4, 2007 11:45 am | Comments

Wire woes were causing breakdowns and excessive maintenance at a busy Northwest paper company. Equipment was needed that would remove wire remnants before they plugged up the refiner plates. The solution has proven to be both effective and economical.

Cutting Costs by Picking the Low Hanging Fruit of Energy Conservation

September 4, 2007 11:38 am | Comments

An innovative air recovery system is enabling PET plastic bottle manufacturers to recover air that has residual pressure, which saves CFMs and takes a big slice off their electric bill. Here's how they're making it work…

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Ins and Outs of Pneumatic Conveying Receivers

August 1, 2007 10:38 am | Comments

When designing a continuous process complete with gravimetric loss-in-weight feeding, it's imperative that the refill device be engineered for feeder accuracy and process quality. Pneumatic conveying receivers can ensure dust-free, efficient transport and refill. Here's how…

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Using I/P Transmitters in Natural Gas Applications

August 1, 2007 10:21 am | Comments

Until recently, there was no other choice but to rely on I/P transmitters that were not agency approved for use in hazardous 'classified' natural gas applications. Fortunately, a few have become available for this type of service.

Beating the Odds and Grinding Toward Success

August 1, 2007 10:08 am | Comments

Launching a technology-based business in a market with a high barrier to entry isn't a challenge for the faint of heart. Here's a success story that shows how vendor partnering made all the difference…

Plant Efficiency Ideas: Saving Energy

August 1, 2007 6:20 am | Comments

Saving energy is an important issue from both an environmental and energy cost perspective. The key question is: How can a substantial and sustainable reduction of energy consumption be achieved? The most credible solution is to establish an understanding of how users consume their energy and make them responsible for it.

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Plant Efficiency Ideas: Mechanical Fasteners in Conveyor Applications

August 1, 2007 6:09 am | Comments

Are you searching for ways to take your productivity to higher ground? One good way is by getting all the uptime you can from the belt conveyors that carry materials, parts, and finished/packaged products throughout your plant.

Plant Efficiency Ideas: Bottling Benefits

August 1, 2007 5:55 am | Comments

The filling control technology employed in bottling machinery has evolved over the past decade, offering higher levels of accuracy and reproducibility while achieving extremely high reliability the latest generation of bottle filling controls exemplifies this trend by placing a small, intelligent device at each filling point to automatically control and monitor the filling process at that location.

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10 Technologies You Shouldn't Miss

July 17, 2007 11:18 am | Comments

In a recent survey, we asked readers what they most want to find in the pages of CHEM.INFO magazine. Innovation was the top response. In fact, it was the most popular and passionate request. As a result, we have searched the marketplace for innovative ideas and have assembled this special report examining 10 cutting-edge technologies. We hope they help you bring innovation into your plant.

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Something Special in Separation Technology

July 9, 2007 5:42 am | Comments

The synthesis of most elastomers is carried out either by solution or emulsion polymerization. After the polymerization step, the polymer is separated from the solvent or emulsifying agents. This separation requires several process steps including coagulation, stripping, various mechanical separation stages, and finally drying. Beyond that, the existing technologies are energy consuming, waste solvent must be incinerated, and the installation of main and ancillary equipment occupies large spaces. The disadvantages of the solution and emulsion polymerization processes can be solved with the direct devolatilization process of elastomers contained in polymer solutions or polymer emulsion.

Getting Inside CPVC Piping for Wastewater Treatment Use

July 5, 2007 12:18 pm | Comments

CPVC is an attractive alternative for wastewater treatment facilities because of its corrosion resistance, mechanical strength, and life-cycle economics. Here’s a real-world look at its strengths and capabilities.

Fuel for Thought: How to Keep Ethanol Production Green

July 5, 2007 11:27 am | Comments

An ethanol developer's speed to market, permitting expenses, material logistics, energy source, and selected co-products all relate to the dryer type and air pollution control technology decisions.

12 Key Rules When Dealing With Gas Control Systems

July 5, 2007 11:14 am | Comments

It's essential to understand material compatibility issues — and your options — when selecting pressure and flow control devices for calibration and sampling of reactive gases in the chemical process and quality control laboratory.

How to Determine Calibration Frequency for Pipettes in the Lab

July 5, 2007 10:41 am | Comments

Since pipettes are subject to silent and random failures, the most important aspect of pipette quality control is maintaining a calibration frequency that achieves sufficiently high reliability. Here are step-by-step guidelines for you to use.

White Paper: Fieldbus H1 Systems

July 5, 2007 5:28 am | Comments

A white paper titled "Implementing Foundation Fieldbus H1 Networks in Hazardous Areas" by Bruce Bradley, PE, of Boehringer Ingelheim Chemicals Inc., Petersburg, VA, provides a rigorous discussion of hazardous environments, the standards and practices involved, and considerations for installing a Foundation Fieldbus H1 system.

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