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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
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...
http://www.chemengonline.com/extras/pdf/Unlocking-the-Secrets-of-Plate-and-Frame-Heat-Exchangers_11732.html
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...
http://www.chemengonline.com/extras/pdf/Udit-Batra-becomes-president-and-CEO-of-EMD-Millipore-_11735.html
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...
http://www.chemengonline.com/extras/pdf/Three-Insights-for-Managing-Legacy-Data_11738.html
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...
http://www.chemengonline.com/extras/pdf/Principles-of-P-and-ID-Development_11592.html
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: iwbestplants.com Milwaukee, Wisc. May 5–7 Battcon 2014 — International Stationary Battery Conference and Trade Show. Albercorp/Battcon (Pompano Beach, Fla.). Phone: 800-851-4632; Web: battcon.com Boca Raton, Fla. May 5–7 PTXi...
http://www.chemengonline.com/extras/pdf/Calendar-May-October_11606.html
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...
http://www.chemengonline.com/extras/pdf/Hans-Jorg-Ill-becomes-president-and-CEO-of-Buhler-Aeroglide-_11624.html
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...
http://www.chemengonline.com/extras/pdf/Powder-and-Bulk-Solids-Show-Preview_11628.html
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