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January 1, 2013
In the processing environment, powders often appear to exhibit variable flow behavior, which can be the cause of significant inefficiency in the form of unplanned shut downs or compromised product quality. However, the reality is that powder flow properties are influenced by a diverse array of parameters from air and moisture content to particle size, shape and surface charge.  Figure 1. The new...
http://www.chemengonline.com/news/WANTED-Repeatability-and-Consistency-for-Powder-Flow-Measurement_10062.html
January 1, 2013
Note: Deadline for nominations has been extended to March 22. Many of you know of a company — perhaps your own employer — that has recently commercialized an innovative process, product, or other chemical-engineering development. If so, we would like to hear from you. Nominations are open for this magazine’s 2013 Kirkpatrick Chemical Engineering Achievement Award. We aim to honor the...
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December 1, 2012
While almost all chemical processors employ simulation software during the early design stages of new plants or new lines, simulation vendors say best-in-class facilities take the powerful tools further and use them for improving operations and profitability. And, across the board, software providers are working hard to make their most recent applications more user-friendly and accessible, so that more...
http://www.chemengonline.com/news/Simulation-for-the-Masses_9982.html
November 1, 2012
A number of factors, including plans for new plants and expansions, as well as the retirements of experienced personnel, are creating an especially competitive labor market for engineers and technical workers in the chemical process industries (CPI). The situation is placing upward pressure on salaries for chemical engineers, but continues to challenge companies in the area of knowledge management and...
http://www.chemengonline.com/news/Wanted-CPI-Engineers_9898.html
November 1, 2012
For every chemical process there are different pressure measurement requirements. Some demand devices that are compatible with a unique chemistry, others require pressure instrumentation that won’t pose a risk to workers or processes and many call for instruments that can handle a wide temperature range. However, throughout the chemical process industries (CPI), there are a few items on...
http://www.chemengonline.com/news/Under-Pressure_9902.html
October 1, 2012
Today’s chemical processors must cope with rising labor costs, increasing global competition, escalating fuel costs and more-stringent safety and environmental regulations. To improve productivity and reduce costs in today’s competitive environment, many facilities are operating leaner than even before. And, downsizing strategies have seen the reduction of maintenance staff, which often results...
http://www.chemengonline.com/news/A-Steamy-Situation_9765.html
October 1, 2012
Increasing production of natural gas from hydraulic fracturing of shale deposits has fundamentally altered the landscape of chemical production in North America. The higher margins on steam-cracking ethane to produce ethylene have resulted in significant feedstock shifts in the U.S. over the past two years. Numerous chemical producers are expanding ethylene capacity to take advantage of the increased...
http://www.chemengonline.com/news/Shale-Gas-Ushers-In-Ethylene-Feed-shifts_9834.html
September 1, 2012
It was clear at the recent Chemical Sector Security Summit (Baltimore, Md., July 31-Aug. 1) that awareness of and activity in security for the chemical process industries (CPI) are growing. The annual summit, now in its sixth year, was held at its largest venue ever and brought together about 650 participants from industry, academia and the government to network with other security professionals, share...
http://www.chemengonline.com/news/Chemical-Plant-Security-Gating-more-than-the-perimeter_9655.html
September 1, 2012
Though times are changing, many of the traditional challenges associated with running a chemical processing plant remain the same. For years processors have been asking for leak-proof, high-performance valves, but it is only recently that valve manufacturers are employing new technologies, designs and materials that improve performance and reduce leaks.   Improved Cv values “Traditionally...
http://www.chemengonline.com/news/Valves-An-Open-and-Shut-Case_9675.html
August 1, 2012
Achema 2012 — the 30th International Exhibition Congress on Chemical Engineering, Environmental Protection and Biotechnology that occurred in late June in Frankfurt am Main, Germany — took a decidedly forward-looking stance, focusing on a set of topics that the chemical process industries (CPI) will have to address in the future, including increased attention on sustainable processes and...
http://www.chemengonline.com/news/Achema-2012-takes-a-forward-view_9516.html
August 1, 2012
Sometimes the smallest parts — such as seals and gaskets — can have the greatest impact on plant performance. For this reason, seal and gasket manufacturers are developing innovative new materials and designs that will help these diminutive, but important, components stand up to the harsh operating conditions of the chemical process industries (CPI). “With multiple seals and gaskets...
http://www.chemengonline.com/news/Small-But-Mighty_9517.html
July 1, 2012
It probably isn’t going to solve all the world’s energy needs, but producing biogas from waste can help slash the energy bills at some production plants, sewage-treatment plants and even farms. And for those companies offering biogas technology, business is booming. For example, Eisenmann Anlagenbau AG & Co. KG (Böblingen, Germany; www.eisenmann.com) has been active in the biogas...
http://www.chemengonline.com/news/The-Biogas-Boom_9437.html
July 1, 2012
There might be as many categories of catalysts as there are chemical processing applications. And, no matter what the specialty or application, most catalyst producers are in a constant state of research and development in order to meet the demands of their chemical processing customers, as well as to develop innovative catalysts for new applications and growing market areas. Recent efforts of some of the...
http://www.chemengonline.com/news/Development-Speeds-up-In-Catalysis_9441.html
June 1, 2012
An explosion is defined as “a rapid increase in volume and release of energy in an extreme manner,” and is usually accompanied by high temperature generation and gas release. Flammable gases, vapors, dusts and ambient oxygen — all present in chemical processing facilities — can react to cause an explosion that essentially creates a shock wave. As a result of modern production...
http://www.chemengonline.com/news/Explosions-Are-You-Prepared_9364.html
June 1, 2012
A host of conditions, including globalization of industry, expanding access to information and a shifting workforce profile present challenges for university chemical engineering departments as they prepare aspiring engineers for work. To address the challenges, the educational system for chemical engineering is trying to strike the optimal balance between new and traditional teaching approaches, as well...
http://www.chemengonline.com/news/Chemical-Engineering-Education-Evolution_9366.html
May 1, 2012
Adsorption and absorption play a big role in reducing air pollution in many applications around the world. Studies show that the largest single use of absorbers this year will be to capture SO2 from power-plant flue gas. Adsorbers will be used by many chemical process industries (CPI) to capture volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and odors. A small, but fast growing industrial segment uses ozone and...
http://www.chemengonline.com/news/Adsorption-and-Absorption_9251.html
May 1, 2012
As in almost all other aspects of producing chemicals, processors are looking for cost-effective sensing solutions. And they won’t be disappointed by the newest offering of sensors for the chemical process industries (CPI). Gas and pH sensors, as well as spectrometers, are experiencing noteworthy advancements that allow the technologies to reduce costs via reliability, digital and intelligent design...
http://www.chemengonline.com/news/The-Sensitive-Side-of-Chemical-Processing_9292.html
April 1, 2012
The closure of several U.S. petroleum refineries over the past few months carries a simple message: petroleum refining is a tough business to be in these days. Paradoxical as it may seem to consumers, the recent rapid increase in fuel prices does not represent higher profits for refiners, which are generally operating with low margins, but is simply due to the higher cost of crude oil. Sunoco, Inc...
http://www.chemengonline.com/news/Challenges-for-U-S-petroleum-refiners_9176.html
April 1, 2012
While some initially worried that the lack of a single wireless instrumentation standard — currently WirelessHart and ISA 100 both exist — would deter end users from embracing any wireless technology, it seems that’s not the case. “The benefits of wireless technology are too great to ignore,” says Hesh Kagan, senior consultant with Invensys Portfolio Group (Foxboro, Mass.)...
http://www.chemengonline.com/news/Taking-a-Holistic-Approach-to-Wireless_9177.html
March 1, 2012
Already, in the first two months of this year, the unpredictable and winding road of the so-called Boiler MACT, has taken yet another set of hair-pinned curves. Now industry groups are pushing even harder for an act of Congress that would put on the brakes and allow more time for the regulations to be reshaped. At stake, says Robert Bessette, president of the Council of Industrial Boiler Owners (CIBO...
http://www.chemengonline.com/news/Road-to-Boiler-MACT-Takes-Sharp-Turns_9025.html
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