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January 1, 2007
The World Batch Forum (WBF; St. Louis, Missouri; has released new versions of its two, XML-based markup languages for implementing...
January 1, 2007
GE Plastics (Pittsfield, Mass.; has launched Extem thermoplastic polyimide (TPI) resins, a new family of amorphous polymers. The new resin is said...
January 1, 2007
    Security is on everyone’s mind. Heightened awareness and concerns have affected the way we live and the way we work. Those of us who are part of the chemical process industries (CPI) and have a great respect for the materials we work with, are well aware of the importance in safeguarding against potential threats. Indeed, the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS; Washington, D.C....
January 1, 2007
    November 17 was the deadline for states to submit their plans for the control of mercury emissions from power plants to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA, Washington D.C.;, but mercury-control processes are already being commercialized. The Institute of Clean Air Companies (ICAC, Washington D.C.; reports that its members have booked contracts for mercury-control...
December 1, 2006
    Reinforced PVC makes a kink-free hose Kink- and crush-resistant Vardex hose (photo) for both pressure and vacuum applications is now available from this manufacturer. Made of clear PVC with steel wire reinforcement, Vardex is suitable for either fluid or air transfer. Applications include chemical lines, material handling, cleaning equipment, water feeds and discharge, vacuum lines, shop...
December 1, 2006
    Use this bench unit for hydrostatic testing of hoses The new Hose Test Bench (photo) can be used for hydrostatic testing of hoses from pressures of 100 to 10,000 psi. The test bench is equipped with three Maximator air-driven liquid pumps for operation at 100–400, 400–3,000 and 2,000–10,000 psi, and a circular chart recorder, having three pressure ranges, records the results...
December 1, 2006
    A fieldbus calibrator is now available Up to now, calibrating fieldbus transmitters has been time consuming and complicated, typically requiring two persons and a fieldbus system that is in operational use. With the launch of the MC5 Fieldbus Calibrator (photo), only one person is required to calibrate fieldbus transmitters, and the unit automatically documents the results. The MC5 is a...
December 1, 2006
    NORTH AMERICA North America and the Carbon Markets. Point Carbon (Washington, D.C.). Phone: 202-349-1120; Web: Washington, D.C. Jan. 17–18   12th Annual Transportation & Distribution Conference. Chemical Week (New York, N.Y.). Phone: 212-621-4978; Fax: 212-621-4970; Email: Palm Coast, Fla. Jan. 23–25   DaratechPlant 2007. Daratech...
December 1, 2006
A medium-temperature pyrolysis process that coproduces coal-tar oil and an upgraded coal-char fuel from low-rank coals is being developed by Convert Coal, Inc. (CCI, Mission Viejo, Calif.; The SynCrude-Syncoal (SC2) process was described by CCI president Ebbe Skov at the recent Symposium on Western Fuels in Denver, Colorado. The process is applicable to most low-sulfur, low-rank...
December 1, 2006
DNV Software (Oslo, Norway; and The SimSci-Esscor unit of Invensys (Lake Forest, Calif.; have developed a link between the former’s Phastfx flammable-effects-software module and the latter’s...
December 1, 2006
As the demand for productions plants with “mega” capacities grows, one challenge facing engineering contractors has been how to move the very large vessels, columns, heat exchangers and other equipment as it's being constructed. Now companies that fabricate and assemble equipment weighing from 20 to 300 tons and greater can now freely move those items anywhere in their...
December 1, 2006
For the first time, polyols derived only from castor oil can be used to produce tough coatings, flexible adhesives, soft sealants and elastomers. The Polycin GR Series is the latest polyol line from Vertellus Performance...
December 1, 2006
Mascoma Corp. (Cambridge, Mass.; has raised $30 million in its second round of Venture funding — led by General Catalyst Partners (Cambridge, Mass.) — to further develop a new way to make bioethanol from cellulose. Mascoma aims...
December 1, 2006
Last month, UOP LLC (Des Plaines, Ill.; established a new business unit — Renewable Energy and Chemicals — dedicated to introducing new technology for processing renewable energy sources in existing or new...
December 1, 2006
Eastman Chemical Co. (Kingsport, Tenn.; has launched its next-generation PET (polyethylene terephthalate) resin, tradenamed ParaStar, which...
December 1, 2006
American Municipal Power-Ohio (AMP-Ohio; Columbus) plans to use the emissions-control technology of Powerspan Corp. (Portsmouth, N.H.; on the proposed AMO Generating Station Project. The project — a 1,000 MW pulverized-coal power...
December 1, 2006
Researchers from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL; Richland, Wash.; and their collaborators have discovered that certain microorganisms can be stimulated to bind uranium from soil when served ethanol for an hour per day. The microbes could be used to immobilize...
December 1, 2006
The mountains of used tires piling up around the world may be a source of a new filtration media that promises to be a cheaper and more efficient alternative to sand or anthracite, which are commonly used for filtering wastewater. The patented technology, developed by Yuefeng Xie, associate professor of environmental engineering at Penn State Harrisburg (Pa.;, uses crumb rubber...
December 1, 2006
    When in 1997 a United Nations’ conference at Kyoto, Japan, called into being the Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), it seemed that greenhouse-gas emissions regulations were just around the corner. Not so fast, was the world’s answer. The United States — after originally supporting the so-called Kyoto Protocol — turned around and rejected the treaty, which...
November 1, 2006
    Disperse powders in a single pass The Ytron inline powder disperser (photo) is specifically designed to disperse extremely difficult-to-wet powders such as polymers, into a liquid stream in a single pass. Powder incorporation is achieved by the presence of significant vacuum in the reactor housing generated by the liquid seal created between the rotor and stator. This vacuum ensures that...
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