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November 1, 2006
    Measure thermal images with one hand The LAND Guide M3 thermal imager (photo) enables plant engineers to operate more efficiently and productively in their day-to-day preventive maintenance duties. The palm-held design offers finger-tip controls, high-quality thermal images (with provision for voice annotation), on-board image processing, a 100-image memory capacity and USB connectivity. With...
November 1, 2006
ExxonMobil Chemical Technology Licensing LLC (Houston, Tex.; has commercialized its new Olgone technology, a catalyst-based process for removing olefins from aromatic streams. If not removed, such olefinic...
November 1, 2006
A new primer technology for coating aluminum aircraft that uses magnesium instead of chromium has been developed by researchers at the North Dakota State University (Fargo; A...
November 1, 2006
Acro 1.0 optimization software, developed by Sandia National Laboratories (Albuquerque, N.M.;, has recently been published and is now available to the public at no charge. The software can...
November 1, 2006
Over the last three years, DuPont (Wilmington, Del.; has been developing technology to break down the complex sugar matrix of corn stover as a means for making ethanol from cellulose in high yield. Although there is more research to be completed, the company is ready to take the next step to bring cellulosic ethanol to market...
November 1, 2006
      Among the many parameters measured and controlled in the chemical process industries (CPI), level definitely ranks high in importance, and in some applications, can even be critical. Accurate level measurements commonly guide decision makers in inventory and process control, and level can play an important role in safety and maintenance, for leak detection, as an example.   Recent...
October 1, 2006
    Tank vent dryers prevent damage from moisture condensation This company offers a range of tank vent dryers and adsorbents (photo) that protect valuable fluids from harmful moisture contamination. They also prevent release of toxic vapors from the tank into the atmosphere. During filling and discharging from free-breathing tanks, the tank exchanges air with the atmosphere. Air changes also...
October 1, 2006
Most of today's solar cells are made from silicon wafers cut from blocks of crystals. The wafers are typically 0.2-0.25-mm thick, yet most of the photon-to-electricity conversion takes place in the outermost 0.02 mm of the wafer. In an effort to reduce the amount of Si required (and thus the cost) for solar cells, BP Solar (Frederick, Md; is supporting a three-year research...
October 1, 2006
Last month, BOC Edwards (Wilmington, Mass.; completed installations of its new ERIX wastewaster treatment system at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, of the University of...
October 1, 2006
The first demonstration of a new high-temperature-superconducting cable was started last month in Columbus, Ohio. The new triax cable - said to provide three times more power-distribution capacity while...
September 1, 2006
At the end of July, Renewable Capital Ltd. (London, U.K.; and Konarka Technologies, Inc. (Lowell, Mass.; entered a...
August 1, 2006
Dow Chemical Co. (Midland, Mich.; has acquired Zhejiang Omex Environmental...
August 1, 2006
At ARC's 14th annual forum (June 26-28; Boston, Mass.), OPC Foundation (Scottsdale, Ariz.; released its latest interoperability solution, OLE for Process Control Unified Architecture (OPC-UA)...
August 1, 2006
Two chemicals producers have recently reaped the benefits of high-throughput-screening technologies, through research collaborations with Symyx Technologies, Inc. (Santa Clara...
August 1, 2006
Eltron Research, Inc. (Boulder, Co.;, in partnership with the U.S. Dept. of Energy's (DOE; Washington, D.C.) National Energy Technology Laboratory...
August 1, 2006
As it has for several years, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) once again paid tribute early this summer to companies, as well as to an individual, for contributions to pollution prevention, via its Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards competition. It is no surprise that once again, chemical process companies are well represented among the winners. The details of the achievements of...
June 1, 2006
Warwick Effect Polymers (WEP; Coventry, U.K.; has licensed patented technology from Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburg, Pa.; to exploit the commercial potential of atom-transfer radical polymerization (ATRP)...
March 1, 2006
Archer Daniels Midland Co. (Decatur, Ill.; plans to build the world’s first commercial plant to produce PHA (polyhydroxyalkanoates), which are high-performance plastics made from renewable resources, such as corn sugar. The plant, to be located at a major ADM site in North America, will have an initial capacity of 50,000 m.t./yr. The facility is a joint venture being established...
March 1, 2006
    A direct link between the size of particles and their potential for causing health problems is what has the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA; Washington, D.C.; concerned about particulate matter (PM) that is 10µm in diameter or smaller. Renewed concerns have prompted the chemical process industries (CPI) to seek out more efficient dust-control systems that can handle...
February 1, 2006
Scientists at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (Calif.;, Boston College ( and MIT (both...
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