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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
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
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
July 1, 2014
Dust in the chemical processing industries (CPI) is present in numerous operations, including powder processing; the transport of materials on belt or rotary-screw conveyors; grinding materials in giant shredders and pulverizers; machining, sawing, grinding or sanding operations; dumping bags of materials into reactors; handling coating materials; as well as the processing of pharmaceuticals and foods. An...
http://www.chemengonline.com/extras/pdf/Dust-Control-in-the-Chemical-Processing-Industries_11927.html
July 1, 2014
Plant Watch Ineos licenses HDPE process technology in Turkmenistan June 10, 2014 — Ineos Technologies (Rolle, Switzerland; www.ineos.com) has licensed its Innovene S process technology for the Turkmengas petrochemical complex in the Balkan Region of Turkmenistan. The new complex will produce 386,000 metric tons per year (m.t./yr) of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) alongside a 50,000-m.t./yr Ineos...
http://www.chemengonline.com/extras/pdf/Westlake-acquires-German-PVC-producer-Vinnolit-and-more-business-news_11929.html
July 1, 2014
Stubblefield Howell Weston Rodriguez Evertz Ted Nelson joins Akron Rubber Development Laboratory (Akron, Ohio) as technical advisor. Michael Stubblefield becomes CEO of Avantor Performance Materials (Center Valley, Pa.), a developer of high-performance chemistries .  Ronen Tchelet joins biotechnology company Dyadic International (Jupiter, Fla.), as vice...
http://www.chemengonline.com/extras/pdf/Michael-Stubblefield-becomes-CEO-of-Avantor-Performance-Materials-_11930.html
June 1, 2014
In the ten years since its first isolation by a pair of Russian physicists, the single-atom-thick carbon allotrope known as graphene has been extolled as a “miracle material” for everything from television screens to tennis rackets to superabsorbent fabrics. What excites scientists so much about graphene is its myriad of impressive physical properties, some of which are illustrated in Figure 1...
http://www.chemengonline.com/extras/pdf/Grappling-with-Graphene-The-race-to-commercialization_11809.html
June 1, 2014
NORTH AMERICA 107th Annual AWMA Conference & Exhibition. The Air & Waste Management Assn. (AWMA; Pittsburgh, Pa.). Phone: 412-904-6031; Web: awma.org Long Beach, Calif. June 24–27   Establishing and Monitoring a Clean Manufacturing Program. Inst. of Environmental Sciences and Technology (Arlington Heights, Ill.). Phone: 847-981-0100, Ext. 6012; Web: iest.org Arlington Heights, Ill. July...
http://www.chemengonline.com/extras/pdf/Calendar-June-October-2014_11811.html
June 1, 2014
Kane Sandmeyer Kelley Hambrecht Johnson Pittsburgh Corning Corp. (Pittsburgh, Pa.), a maker of specialized insulation and glass block products, names James Kane chairman and CEO, succeeding Phillip Martineau. R. Paul Sandmeyer III joins Sandmeyer Steel Co. (Philadelphia, Pa.) as materials procurement manager, replacing Gerald Geiger, Sr., who is retiring. Specialty...
http://www.chemengonline.com/extras/pdf/Stuart-Bradie-becomes-president-and-CEO-of-KBR-_11835.html
June 1, 2014
Compressors for specialized chemical process industries (CPI) applications — particularly high-pressure applications (involving large- and medium-sized machines) and those calling for small compressor units — present particular challenges to system designers and operators. This article discusses a variety of engineering recommendations that should be considered to address these challenges. This...
http://www.chemengonline.com/extras/pdf/Compressors-for-Specialized-Applications_11836.html
June 1, 2014
Plant Watch Kemira to build sodium chlorate plant for pulp mill in Brazil May 9, 2014 — Kemira Oyj (Helsinki, Finland; www.kemira.com) will supply sodium chlorate to Klabin’s new pulp mill in Paraná, Brazil. Kemira will build, own and operate the sodium chlorate plant, which is scheduled to begin production during the first half of 2016. BASF and Yara plan to build ammonia plant in...
http://www.chemengonline.com/extras/pdf/AkzoNobel-inaugurates-membrane-electrolysis-plant-in-Germany-and-more-business-news_11838.html
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