In an effort to improve their financial, technical, and compliance positions, leading chemical and pharmaceutical companies have priority initiatives to eliminate the routine, non-value-added tasks in research and manufacturing through automation.
Spray drying is the most widely used industrial process involving particle formation coupled with drying. It's well suited for continuous large-scale production of dry solids in powder, granulate, or agglomerate form from solutions, emulsions, and pumpable dispersions.
For more than five decades, the Chemical Process Industries Exposition has been the key trade show for professionals, providing a unique venue to see, touch, and discuss new products. This year's edition of the Chem Show boasts approximately 600 exhibitors from around the world and is expected to draw more than 10,000 visitors.
Considered North America's largest process equipment and technology exposition, the 2007 Chem Show in New York, Oct. 30 through Nov. 1, will feature hundreds of innovative products and technologies from more than 600 leading suppliers. The following items offer a sneak peek at some of the many products to be exhibited.
Don't stop reading even if you're getting a feeling of déjà vu! We presented a special report in the July issue titled "10 Technologies You Shouldn't Miss," but this is different. This article highlights 10 more technologies that we believe you'll want to know about. Each one has an important feature in common with all the others innovation.
The Sitrans LR 250 radar level transmitter features "Process Intelligence" advanced signal processing.
The ST Series of wafer and lug-style resilient seated butterfly valves offer high Cv (flow coefficients), ISO top mounting, one-piece body with self-centering disc, and a large selection of direct-mount actuators and gear operators.
The FlexMASSter ST98 thermal mass sensing flowmeter series now meets the Profibus-DP/-PA standards and includes its own Device Type Manager (DTM) software for use in large scale process and plant automation systems.
Solution providers from around the world will meet in Houston, TX, Oct. 2-4, for ISA Expo, where they will unveil their latest automation and control products.
The TX33 with loop-powered RTD input is analog, non-isolated with a two-wire head-mount which converts the RTD into a proportional, linear and highly accurate output current. It features easy calibration and low temperature drift.
Fully integrated industrial-process control systems are designed and built in an in-house UL-listed panel shop. The systems are used in a wide variety of bulk-process-handling applications to streamline production operations. They are programmed for the user’s choice of automation platforms.
Solution providers from around the world will come together in Houston, TX, Oct. 2-4 for ISA EXPO, considered to be North America's largest automation and control exhibition.
These compact multi-stage venturi vacuum pumps need only 45 psi air pressure but provide the same holding capacity as conventional pumps requiring 80 to 100 psi.
Metso Automation, Northborough, MA, has developed a series of training videos for its popular Valvcon actuators and board options.
Gold is glittering in the fields of Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota, North and South Dakota, and many other states, but it's not precious metal. It's corn destined to be processed into ethanol fuel. This boom, which began in the Midwest, is now spreading to many other sections of the country.
A limit alarm trip, known by many names, is a hardware device that monitors a process signal such as temperature, pressure, level, or flow and compares it against a preset limit. If the process signal moves to an undesirable high or low condition, the alarm activates a relay output to warn of trouble, provide on/off control, or institute an emergency shutdown.
The pressures to reduce costs and increase productivity in process manufacturing industries are unrelenting and are often labeled the top two enterprise-wide priorities for companies today. A seemingly logical consequence of the cost-cutting priority is the on-going practice of trimming operations and maintenance (O&M) staff allocations.
Ohio's Fairmount Minerals is one of the largest producers of industrial sand in the U.S., and its Illinois-based subsidiary, Wedron Silica, has been hard at work for more than a century. The sand is mined from the St. Peters Sandstone, which is a 200 million-year-old sand deposit that runs from Minnesota to Oklahoma.
Manufacturers do not need reminding that in today's litigious and safety conscious climate, a solid metal detection process is crucial. As they strive for greater automation and uptime, compliance with legislation and good manufacturing practice (GMP), manufacturers want a metal detector that does more than just prevent contamination.
Better productivity and product quality generate increase in revenues By Ing. José Manuel Cardel Gonzalez and Oliver Faidi Cortes Automation of laboratory data capture and analysis is seen as the major challenge facing the petrochemical industry.
'A problem with the slitter-rewinder can halt production for the entire mill'
With new domestic and international regulations and standards published daily, it's difficult for laboratories to keep up with changes and maintain compliance.
TS400 and TS500 temperature sensors incorporate features that make them suitable for nearly all factory and process automation applications. They are platinum RTDs, or resistance temperature detectors, a technology commonly referred to as Pt-100.
Available in PC-board and standalone versions, the iFPX Internet/Ethernet frequency pulse transmitter works with most conventional counting inputs (up to 500 kHz).