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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...
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...
June 1, 2014
NORTH AMERICA 107th Annual AWMA Conference & Exhibition. The Air & Waste Management Assn. (AWMA; Pittsburgh, Pa.). Phone: 412-904-6031; Web: 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: Arlington Heights, Ill. July...
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...
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...
June 1, 2014
Plant Watch Kemira to build sodium chlorate plant for pulp mill in Brazil May 9, 2014 — Kemira Oyj (Helsinki, Finland; 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...
May 1, 2014
Plate-and-frame heat exchangers, or plate heat exchangers (PHEs), are a type of compact heat exchanger. PHEs have been widely used in the food industries, mainly because they easily meet health and sanitation requirements due to their simple disassembly for cleaning. They have recently become more common in the chemical process industries (CPI) for certain applications and operational conditions...
May 1, 2014
Batra McMillian McCairns Martin Boyle Udit Batra becomes president and CEO of EMD Millipore (Boston, Mass.), the Life Science Div. of Merck KGaA and a supplier of solutions for biopharmaceutical research, development and manufacturing.   Antwan McMillian is named manager of testing and services, for Greene’s Energy Group LLC (Houston), a provider of integrated testing...
May 1, 2014
Existing chemical process industries (CPI) facilities possess years, if not decades, of legacy engineering information. The data exist in a myriad of formats and are typically siloed across multiple systems and locations. In cases where the engineering data are either lost or damaged, undocumented, or limited to the institutional knowledge of the local operations team, control documents related to piping...
April 1, 2014
The piping and instrumentation diagram (P&ID) is often considered to be the gold standard for the proper design, operation and maintenance of plants in the chemical process industries (CPI), including chemical, oil-and-gas facilities, mining operations, food-processing plants, and water- and wastewater-treatment plants. The P&ID provides important information for manufacturing and installing...
April 1, 2014
NORTH AMERICA IW Best Plants 2014. Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Assn. (MESA) International (Chandler, Ariz.) and Industry Week. Phone: 216-931-9512; Web: Milwaukee, Wisc. May 5–7 Battcon 2014 — International Stationary Battery Conference and Trade Show. Albercorp/Battcon (Pompano Beach, Fla.). Phone: 800-851-4632; Web: Boca Raton, Fla. May 5–7 PTXi...
April 1, 2014
Ill Travers Wang Buscher Thuerig Bühler Aeroglide (Cary, N.C.), a manufacturer of engineered thermal-process systems, names Hans-Jörg Ill president and CEO. Detlev Rose becomes chief sales officer at Beumer Group GmbH & Co. KG (Beckum, Germany) a manufacturer of packaging, sorting, loading and conveying systems. CRP Industries (Cranbury, N.J.), a maker of high-pressure...
April 1, 2014
The International Powder & Bulk Solids Conference and Exhibition is taking place May 6–8 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Ill. Featuring a large expo hall and a variety of technical sessions, as well as some hands-on demonstrations at the show’s Tech Theater, this year’s event expects to attract thousands of industry professionals. The conference program...
April 1, 2014
Pressure variations resulting from the oscillatory flow patterns found in positive-displacement machinery, especially reciprocating compressors, are referred to as “pulsations.” Found in both liquid- and gas-handling systems, pulsations are a common phenomenon in the chemical processing industries (CPI). Operational problems associated with pulsations include resonance conditions, high...
March 1, 2014
Polymers like polyethylene, polypropylene, polyvinyl chloride and polyester have become ubiquitous in manufacturing. The properties of polymer-based materials that make them so desirable — they are generally cheap to produce and boast high chemical and thermal stability — also make them abundant, disposable and, in many cases, non-degradable. As landfill space decreases, and with some European...
March 1, 2014
  Corrosion 2014, the 69th annual meeting of the National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE) is taking place March 9–13 in San Antonio, Tex. More than 6,000 attendees are expected to gather in the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center for lectures, forums, presentations and an expo hall featuring over 380 exhibitors. The following is a preview of some of the products and services that will...
March 1, 2014
The pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industries will congregate March 18–20 in New York at the Jacob Javits Convention Center for Interphex 2014. The conference and exhibtion will showcase products and services from over 650 exhibitors. The following is a small selection of these exhibitors’ offerings at the show. Watson-Marlow Pumps Group Aseptic filling solutions for a variety of...
March 1, 2014
Dilute-phase pneumatic conveying systems must be operated in a certain sequence and have sufficient instrumentation and operating controls to assure reliable operation and prevent problems. This article discusses two subjects that are important for successful dilute-phase conveying. Discussed below are design guidelines for instrumentation and controls that can prevent operating problems, such as pipeline...
March 1, 2014
The chemical process industries (CPI) are, by their very nature, global in scope. While chemical process operators share many common aspects (in terms of the use of chemical engineering unit operations), the location of their operation brings about different requirements when it comes to managing gaseous and particulate pollutants, because different countries have different regulations with regard to air...
March 1, 2014
Plant Watch SNC-Lavalin wins contract for sulfuric-acid project in Saudi Arabia February 7, 2014 — SNC-Lavalin Inc. (Montreal, Quebec, Canada;, in consortium with Sinopec Engineering Group, has signed a contract with Ma’aden in Saudi Arabia to provide engineering, procurement, construction, commissioning and startup services for a three-line sulfuric acid plant. The total...
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