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March 1, 2011
Contact-based temperature sensors, such as thermocouples and resistance temperature detectors (RTDs), have demonstrated accurate and cost-effective operation throughout the chemical process industries (CPI). However, there are many applications and settings where they are simply not practical. In those cases, engineers can turn to a host of non-contact temperature measurement devices, many of which are...
http://www.chemengonline.com/extras/pdf/Infrared-Temperature-Measurement_6433.html
March 1, 2011
Considering that Fractionation Research, Inc. (FRI) has been performing distillation research since 1954, don’t we have all the answers yet? Not according to the membership. The vendors of trays and packings have had very aggressive R&D programs. New and interesting products have appeared annually. In addition to the testing of such products in hydrocarbon service and at commercial diameters, the...
http://www.chemengonline.com/extras/pdf/FRIs-parallel-projects_6434.html
March 1, 2011
Process plant operators continuously face the pressure of having to increase productivity by improving equipment reliability and plant availability, a goal seemingly at odds with the everyday realities of decreased operating budgets, rising energy costs and increasing operations costs. And, when it comes to energy consumption and maintenance costs, chemical process pumps are possibly the most notorious...
http://www.chemengonline.com/extras/pdf/Pump-It-Up_6436.html
March 1, 2011
North America’s largest event for the pharmaceutical- and biopharmaceutical-manufacturing industries, Interphex 2011 (www.interphex.com) will be held at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York from March 29-31. The event will feature more than 650 exhibitors, including 100 vendors exhibiting for the first time at Interphex, as well as 30 technical sessions and several special events. Meeting...
http://www.chemengonline.com/extras/pdf/Interphex-2011-Show-Preview_6438.html
March 1, 2011
Chemical protective garments are available in a wide variety of fabrics and designs that provide varying levels of protection for chemical process industries (CPI) workers, who may be exposed to chemicals in the form of vapors, liquids and particles. While other forms of personal protective equipment — such as safety glasses and hard hats — are highly regulated in the U.S. and Canada, the...
http://www.chemengonline.com/extras/pdf/Chemical-Protective-Clothing_6444.html
March 1, 2011
Agility, reliability, reporting and sharing of business information are among the key ingredients that have been dictated to modern-day control systems by the competitive pressures facing today’s manufacturers. In short, production must be faster, more efficient and provide actionable data for operators. And the last thing anybody in this situation needs is a server failure. Where does that leave the...
http://www.chemengonline.com/extras/pdf/Solving-Common-Batch-Problems-Controller-Based-Systems_6446.html
March 1, 2011
Genzyme to build additional biologics manufacturing plant in Belgium January 22, 2011 — Genzyme Corp. (Cambridge, Mass.; www.genzyme.com) plans to build an additional manufacturing plant in Geel, Belgium, to support the longterm growth of Alglucosidase alfa, known as Lumizyme in the U.S. and as Myozyme in the rest of the world, for Pompe disease. The new €250-million plant will include 8,000 L...
http://www.chemengonline.com/extras/pdf/GE-completes-$3-billion-acquisition-of-Dresser-Inc-and-more-business-news_6447.html
March 1, 2011
Removing very fine metal particles from milk powder Goudsmit Magnetic Systems Developed in collaboration with Friesland Campina Doma, this improved version of the rotating clean-flow magnet removes very fine metal particles from whey powder. And due to its renewed dynamic seal, the system is also dust-proof at an overpressure of up to 0.4 bar. The magnets move in a fully enclosed, rotating stainless-steel...
http://www.chemengonline.com/extras/pdf/New-Products-International_6448.html
March 1, 2011
Maximizing quality, minimizing cost and meeting schedule milestones are ever-present challenges in large projects. While significant progress has been made in certain areas of facility construction, the management of project-related information continues to struggle. Information received by operators tends to be incomplete and inaccurate, while the cost of producing it remains high. Common reasons for...
http://www.chemengonline.com/extras/pdf/Improving-Information-Management_6449.html
March 1, 2011
The production of biotechnology-based chemicals, while still a niche operation in terms of global chemical production, is demonstrating double-digit growth, says a recent SRI Consulting report*. Enabled by rapid advances in industrial biotechnology and significant increases in the price of crude oil over recent years, the number of biotechnology-based chemicals within the sights of commercial producers is...
http://www.chemengonline.com/extras/pdf/Bio-Based-Chemicals-Positioned-To-Grow_6450.html
March 1, 2011
Haines Guiot Ramsey Oakley Marcotte Peter Ferris becomes president and CEO of Dur-A-Flex (E. Hartford, Conn.), a manufacturer of epoxies, urethane, methyl methacrylate and colored aggregates. Plasticolors, Inc. (Ashtabula, Ohio), a manufacturer of custom colorants and chemical dispersions, names Larry Haines strategic development manager...
http://www.chemengonline.com/extras/pdf/Peter-Ferris-becomes-president-of-Dur-A-Flex-_6451.html
March 1, 2011
Removing very fine metal particles from milk powder Goudsmit Magnetic Systems Developed in collaboration with Friesland Campina Doma, this improved version of the rotating clean-flow magnet (photo) removes very fine metal particles from whey powder. And due to its renewed dynamic seal, the system is also dust-proof at an overpressure of up to 0.4 bar. The magnets move in a fully enclosed, rotating...
http://www.chemengonline.com/extras/pdf/New-Products-Domestic_6452.html
March 1, 2011
For any capital-intensive and labor-intensive engineering and construction (E&C) project, the lead process engineer (LPE) plays a pivotal role. To maximize the success of these complex projects, companies that hire E&C companies should be aware of the role that the E&C process engineering team plays in terms of helping to execute these projects. In a nutshell, the LPE is responsible for...
http://www.chemengonline.com/extras/pdf/E-and-C-projects-Clarifying-the-Role-of-the-Lead-Process-Engineer_6455.html
February 1, 2011
North America TMS 2011 Annual Meeting & Exhibition. Minerals, Metals & Materials Soc. (Warrendale, Pa.). Phone: 724-776-9000, ext. 243; Web: tms.org San Diego, Calif. February 27–March 3 Personal Care Products Council Annual Meeting. Personal Care Products Council (Washington, D.C.). Phone: 202-331-1770; Web: personalcarecouncil.org Palm Beach, Fla. February 28–March 2 NPRA 2011...
http://www.chemengonline.com/extras/pdf/Calendar-February-to-April-2011_6350.html
February 1, 2011
A novel process for removing hydrogen sulfide from natural gas has been started up at Sinopec Zhongyuan Petroleum Co.’s Puguang natural gas plant in China’s Sichuan Province. The plant, Asia’s largest sour natural-gas treatment facility, can process up to 36-million Nm3/d of gas, while the H2S recovery unit will yield up to 3-million metric tons per year (m.t./yr) of elemental sulfur...
http://www.chemengonline.com/extras/pdf/Cool-amine-process-improves-H2S-absorption_6351.html
February 1, 2011
A pilot plant for a process that uses a fluidized bed of sand to gasify coal and other carbonaceous materials will be started up this summer in Kanab, Utah by Viresco Energy LLC (Riverside, Calif.; www.virescoenergy.com). Initially, the plant will convert 5 ton/d of low-rank coal into synthesis gas (syngas), says Jim Guthrie, Viresco president. Later, the company plans to add biomass and biosolids from...
http://www.chemengonline.com/extras/pdf/No-oxygen-is-needed-for-this-gasifier_6352.html
February 1, 2011
A manufacturing facility for bio-based intermediate and specialty chemicals under construction by Elevance Renewable Sciences Inc. (Bolingbrook, Ill.; www.elevance.com) is on track to begin generating products late this year, according to the company. Located in Indonesia, the facility is currently undergoing site preparation work, says Elevance executive vice president of sales and market development Andy...
http://www.chemengonline.com/extras/pdf/Elevance-biorefinery-on-track-for-late-2011-commissioning_6353.html
February 1, 2011
A pulsed-electric-field (PEF) pre-treatment technology to facilitate extraction of oils from algae cells was introduced recently by Diversified Technologies Inc. (Bedford, Mass.; www.divtecs.com). Algae have drawn considerable interest as a renewable source of biofuels, but the costs of algae-derived fuels remain much higher than petroleum-derived fuels. The scalable PEF method could significantly lower...
http://www.chemengonline.com/extras/pdf/A-streamlined-pre-treatment-process-for-algae-biodiesel_6354.html
February 1, 2011
Nippon Ketjen Co. (Tokyo; www.nippon-ketjen.co.jp) has developed two new catalysts with enhanced properties for petroleum residue hydrotreating. KFR 15 removes metallic impurities, and KFR 93 removes sulfur from residues and contributes to the efficiency of residue hydrotreating units. For the metal-removal catalyst, Nippon Ketjen adopted new support technology, enhanced pore volumes and optimized pore...
http://www.chemengonline.com/extras/pdf/Nippon-Ketjen-introduces-new-catalysts-for-residue-hydrotreating_6355.html
February 1, 2011
Kyoto University (Kyoto, www.kuchem.kyoto-u.ac.jp) professor Hiroshi Kitagawa has developed technology for synthesizing nanoscale particles of alloyed metals that could lead to alternatives to industrially important, but expensive, metals such as Pd and rare earth metals. Kitagawa’s group has used the technology in the first synthesis of atomic-level rhodium/silver-alloy nanoparticles using a...
http://www.chemengonline.com/extras/pdf/Nanoparticle-alloy-could-be-an-alternative-to-palladium_6356.html
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