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October 1, 2014
Plant Watch Lanxess expands new plant for inorganic pigments in Ningbo September 11, 2014 — Lanxess AG (Cologne, Germany; www.lanxess.com) is adding a mixing and milling plant to the pigment plant already under construction in Ningbo, China. The new pigment plant will have an initial capacity of 25,000 metric tons per year (m.t./yr) of iron oxide red pigments. The mixing and milling plant will have a...
http://www.chemengonline.com/extras/pdf/Eastman-to-acquire-specialty-chemicals-company-Taminco-for-$2-8-billion-and-more-business-news_12212.html
October 1, 2014
Numerous strategies and options for both dilute- and dense-phase conveying systems are presented here   Pneumatic conveying is a ubiquitous mode of conveying bulk solids in a wide range of industries, including chemicals, plastics, grain, food, agricultural, mining, power and cement. In recent years, the capacities, distances and variety of materials to be conveyed have increased, often approaching...
http://www.chemengonline.com/extras/pdf/Pneumatic-Conveying-Optimal-System-Design-Operation-and-Control_12214.html
October 1, 2014
Reactive chemicals and intermediates are used extensively in the chemical process industries (CPI). Hazardous chemical reactivity can be defined as “any chemical reaction with the potential to exhibit rates of increase in temperature and/or pressure too high to be absorbed by the environment surrounding the system” [1]. Reactive materials can be classified into two groups: self-reacting...
http://www.chemengonline.com/extras/pdf/Reactive-Chemistry-in-the-CPI_12233.html
October 1, 2014
From plastics and synthetics to fertilizers and fuel, the general public takes for granted so much of what the chemical process industries (CPI) produces, and the risks associated with CPI production facilities are not typically considered. That is, until the next headline-creating industrial catastrophe occurs. The human toll of such disasters plays out across ruined lives, devastated communities and...
http://www.chemengonline.com/extras/pdf/The-Next-Step-Change-in-Process-Safety_12234.html
October 1, 2014
Sartorius Stedim Biotech S.A. (Aubagne, France) welcomes Miriam Monge as director of marketing for integrated solutions.   Jose Varela becomes vice president and general manager of the personal safety division of 3M Co. (St. Paul, Minn.).   Luis López-Remón is now the head of the leather business unit of specialty chemicals producer...
http://www.chemengonline.com/extras/pdf/Cem-Onus-becomes-managing-director-of-systems-for-Dekra-Certification-_12255.html
October 1, 2014
NORTH AMERICA American Chemical Soc. — Midwest Regional Meeting. American Chemical Soc. (Washington, D.C.). Phone: 800-227-5558; Web: acs.org Columbia, Mo. November 12–15   International Lubricants & Waxes Conference. AFPM (Washington, D.C.). Phone: 202-457-0480; Web: afpm.org Houston November 13–14   International Water Conference. Engineers’ Soc. of Western...
http://www.chemengonline.com/extras/pdf/Calendar-November-2014-February-2015_12256.html
September 1, 2014
The chemical process industries (CPI) have experienced many benefits from the so-called shale-gas boom — recent years have seen an unprecedented rise in construction and expansion activity in the petrochemicals sector. Shown in Figure 1 is construction at the Freeport, Tex. facility of The Dow Chemical Company (Dow; Midland, Mich.; www.dow.com). Dow is just one of many companies to initiate large...
http://www.chemengonline.com/extras/pdf/The-Future-of-Butadiene_12105.html
September 1, 2014
The Water Environment Federation (Alexandria, Va.; www.wef.org) is holding its annual Weftec exhibition and conference from Sept. 27–Oct. 1, 2014 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, La. The event will feature numerous technical sessions and committee meetings, as well as a host of exhibitors showcasing new products and services for the water and wastewater industries. This show...
http://www.chemengonline.com/extras/pdf/Weftec-2014-Show-Preview_12115.html
September 1, 2014
Collecting representative samples of heat-transfer fluid for routine quality checks falls short of the goal if safety or the environment is compromised. While users should consider their systems’ unique design features in consultation with their safety and health experts, incorporating the tips below can help to avoid common potential safety concerns associated with sampling these fluids, which may...
http://www.chemengonline.com/extras/pdf/Safe-Sampling-of-Heat-Transfer-Fluids_12127.html
September 1, 2014
Plant Watch Jacobs awarded contract for ExxonMobil projects in Baytown and Mont Belvieu August 12, 2014 — Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (Pasadena, Calif.; www.jacobs.com) was awarded a contract from ExxonMobil Chemical Co. to provide engineering, procurement and construction services as part of an ethane-cracker project in ExxonMobil’s Baytown, Tex. complex, and associated premium product...
http://www.chemengonline.com/extras/pdf/Clariant-to-build-new-masterbatches-plant-in-Australia-and-more-business-news_12128.html
September 1, 2014
Clay Naef Barbieri Ferris Kieny Specialty chemicals producer Lanxess (Cologne, Germany) names Matthias Zachert chairman of the board, and promotes Jorge Nogueira to head of the Performance Butadiene Rubbers business unit.   The Sensors Div. of Honeywell Life Safety (Morris Township, N.J.) appoints Sean Clay general manager and Alexandre Naef sales leader.   Finder Pompe...
http://www.chemengonline.com/extras/pdf/Sean-Clay-becomes-general-manager-of-the-Sensors-Division-of-Honeywell-Life-Safety-_12129.html
September 1, 2014
Water and wastewater treatment are extremely important at liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities and other industries that are blossoming due to the shale-gas boom. Engineering concerns are similar to those of other industrial water-treatment and power-generation systems, but with the added issue of adequate treatment for entrained hydrocarbons. With proper system design and operation, plant personnel can...
http://www.chemengonline.com/extras/pdf/Modern-Water-Treatment-Challenges_12133.html
August 1, 2014
NORTH AMERICA 5th Biobased Chemicals Conference: Commercialization & Partnering. Global Tech Community (Monrovia, Calif.). Phone: 626-256-6405; Web: gtcbio.com San Francisco, Calif. Sept. 18–19   43rd Turbomachinery and 30th Pump Users’ Symposia. Texas A&M University (College Station, Tex.). Phone: 979-845-7417; Web: pumpturbo.tamu.edu Houston Sept. 22–25   WEFTEC. Water...
http://www.chemengonline.com/extras/pdf/Calendar-September-November_12001.html
August 1, 2014
No re-measurement is required with this shaft-alignment tool Elos Fixturlaser The EVO (photo) is an all-digital shaft-alignment tool with an adaptive user interface, which shows how a misaligned machine must be moved vertically or horizontally by adding or removing shims at the machine’s feet. The EVO requires no re-measurements in between horizontal and vertical adjustments during the alignment...
http://www.chemengonline.com/extras/pdf/Focus-on-Maintenance-Equipment_12009.html
August 1, 2014
Sorbent materials are used commercially for bulk separation, as well as purification of both liquids and gases. This one-page reference provides manufacturing and application information on the most widely used industrial sorbent material — activated carbon. Four types of generic sorbents have dominated industrial adsorption: activated carbon, zeolites, silica gel and activated alumina. By worldwide...
http://www.chemengonline.com/extras/pdf/Activated-Carbon_12018.html
August 1, 2014
Historically, many large industrial facilities, including power plants, have relied on once-through cooling, in which the entire cooling water volume flows through the plant heat exchangers and then is discharged to the original source. However, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA; Washington, D.C.) has, for over a decade, been developing regulations to protect aquatic life from impingement and...
http://www.chemengonline.com/extras/pdf/Cooling-Towers-Managing-Tighter-Water-Discharge-Regulations_12030.html
August 1, 2014
Baumann Ghasemi Guy Quinn Blackburn Gerhard Baumann becomes managing director for Brookfield GmbH (Lorch, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany), a maker of laboratory instrumentation.   Specialty gas company Air Products (Lehigh Valley, Pa.) appoints Seifi Ghasemi chairman, president and CEO, succeeding John McGlade, who is retiring.   Jonathan Guy becomes...
http://www.chemengonline.com/extras/pdf/Air-Products-names-Seifi-Ghasemi-chairman-president-and-CEO-_12031.html
August 1, 2014
The chemical process industries (CPI) have many applications that require classifying or separating solid materials. Examples of separation or classification processes include those operations that attempt to isolate specific material fractions according to particle size, scalp off the coarse fraction of a material stream, de-dust the fine fraction of a material stream or remove the contamination from a...
http://www.chemengonline.com/extras/pdf/Dry-Separation-Methods_12033.html
July 1, 2014
New safety and environmental regulations, longer plant uptime and changes in maintenance practices have created new requirements across the chemical process industries (CPI). Among the plant equipment affected by these changes are control valves, since they are used in numerous applications in a variety of process conditions. Figures 1 and 2 show typical control valves installed in CPI plants. The primary...
http://www.chemengonline.com/extras/pdf/Control-Valve-Selection-True-Cost-Savings-Are-Available_11915.html
July 1, 2014
In the face of intense market pressures, companies are increasingly requiring their engineering organizations to complete capital projects more quickly, while spending less capital and creating systems that cost less to operate over the long run. They are also asked to do this with fewer engineers. While this “do more with less” philosophy may not seem feasible to some, it is possible when the...
http://www.chemengonline.com/extras/pdf/Project-Optimization-Through-Engineering_11925.html
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