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January 1, 2012

Say Good-Bye to Old-School Centrifuges

More modern equipment provides increased efficiency, flexibility and safety

Joy LePree

Many chemical processes in the U.S. that use centrifuges were established between the 1950s and the 1980s. As a result, most of these machines employ technology that was outdated literally generations ago. In addition, many processes have changed since installation, and doing more with less is now a key method of survival in today’s global economy. At the same time, regulatory and environmental issues have become more important. This combination of outdated equipment, the advent of more modern processes, a tighter economy and bumped up compliance creates challenges for chemical processors using old-school centrifuges. Fortunately, more modern equipment is available to bring these processes into the 21st century....

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