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September 1, 2013
Food manufacturers use the MaxxD Lab vacuum-processing unit to produce very small test batches. The unit processes liquid and semi-solid materials with an efficient...
December 1, 2012
When designing a batch system, engineers often select the control solution based on the size of the system. It is traditionally thought that small batch systems require a controller-based sequencing solution, while larger systems require a server-based solution. However, despite traditional practices, the size of the system is not always the best indicator of an appropriate solution. A small application or...
October 1, 2012
The ZSK MEGAvolume Plus twin-screw extruder, featuring 54-mm-dia. screws, has been custom made by this company for a new production line for the food industry that was recently commercialized by Dinnissen B.V. (Sevenum, The Netherlands). Tradenamed...
September 1, 2012
Plant operators can now see at a glance how their plant is changing over time using the new CompareMap tool, which highlights the biggest changes in plant performance, and provides drill-down into corrective actions...
February 1, 2012
Last month, this company released a completely new version of its software for batch chemical reactors simulation, BatchReactor. The new software combines detailed equipment modeling, reaction engineering and advanced numerical methods to create a state-of-the-art simulation environment...
January 10, 2012
ProSim (Toulouse, France;, which provides process simulation and optimization software to the chemical process industries (CPI), announces the release of a completely new version of BatchReactor, its software for batch chemical reactors simulation. The new software combines detailed equipment modeling, reaction engineering, and advanced numerical methods to create a state-of-the art...
September 1, 2011
PlantTriage software now automatically finds the root cause of process upsets. The latest advance, Root Cause Finder, automates the in-depth analysis that was previously...
March 28, 2011
This company’s Rotary Scalpel technology (photo) can deliver small increments of a wide variety of solid materials with precisions of ±0.5 g. The technology consists of a large inlet area designed for consistent...
March 28, 2011
Hapman The PosiPortion feeder (photo) offers a 2-in-1 feed screw option that dramatically improves batch accuracy without compromising...
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...
May 1, 2009
As it is with all chemical processors, the current economic climate is forcing batch processors to produce more saleable product at a better profit margin from the same assets. Increasing flexibility, reliability and visibility while decreasing batch cycle times via integrated automation systems can help increase throughput and the chance of survival. Staying afloat Figure 1.  Many batch automation...
June 15, 2008
In many plants that batch-blend bulk products, weigh batching is a manual, time-consuming operation in which ingredients are weighed individually before being discharged to a blender or some other process vessel. A significant number of such plants could benefit from the installation of an automated weigh-batching system. For small as well as large operations, an automated weigh-batching system can pay for...
March 15, 2008
The batch reactor is the workhorse of the fine chemical and pharmaceutical industries. Within it, many different unit operations are performed such as chemical reactions, bioreactions, crystallization, distillation and dissolution. Despite their significance to the industry, batch reactors have been controlled by the same underlying method for the past 50 years. This article discusses a relatively...
February 11, 2008
On the international chemicals markets, hazardous chemistry and custom synthesis for the production of active pharmaceutical ingredients and their precursors represent an attractive combination. Besides the additional capacities, however, customers are also calling for an increasing flexibility regarding the dimensioning of the production facilities. Demand has been identified in particular in the segment...
March 1, 2007
    The pressures and challenges placed on the chemical process industries (CPI) have been heralded so often that even a person on the street can articulate most of them; and the list continues to grow - cost containment, lawsuits, fewer blockbuster discoveries, unexpected competitors, and many more. The cold hard reality is that the CPI have entered into a tough, cruel business world where only...
January 1, 2007
The World Batch Forum (WBF; St. Louis, Missouri; has released new versions of its two, XML-based markup languages for implementing...

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