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Bulk Solids Moving-Bed Reactors, Moving-Bed Reactors, Direct and Indirect Heat Exchangers, Gravity Dryers, and Conditioning Columns

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Webinar Summary:

Processing of bulk solids frequently takes place in fluidized beds or agitated tanks. These technologies are usually capital expensive and have high operating and maintenance costs.  Why not consider a moving-bed process vessel?

Moving-bed process vessels are hoppers, bins, or silos modified to allow processing of a bulk solid such as heating or cooling, conditioning, drying, and conducting a chemical reaction.  Compared to other fluidized beds and agitated tanks, moving-bed process vessels offer several advantages.   They have no moving parts, and therefore capital, operating, and maintenance costs are relatively low.  In addition, they offer surge capacity, eliminating the need for a hopper, bin, or silo for surge capacity or storage.

This seminar will discuss critical aspects of the design and operation of processing vessels.
 

 

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Creating the Internet of Your Things in Chemical Processing

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Webinar Summary:

The Internet of Things is not a futuristic technology trend: it’s here today, and it starts with your things. You don’t need to rip and replace; you can create the Internet of Your Things by building on your existing infrastructure, using familiar devices and services in new ways, and combining data you are already collecting, to ultimately help you make better-informed business decisions.

Manufacturing is fueled by big data, and intelligent systems have the potential to transform the Chemicals processing industry by improving the supply chain and optimizing manufacturing operations. Intelligent systems provide the backbone of technology that enables the capture of process data from industry devices, connectivity for data capture and business intelligence tools to convert that data into impact.

Attend this webcast to understand The Internet of Things and hear about some successful implementations of Intelligent Systems in the Chemicals processing industry and practical guidance.

 

Comply with 316(b) Using a VFD

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The EPA’s new Clean Water Act section affects more than a thousand existing power plants and factories. Under section 316(b), facilities are required to use the “best technology available to minimize harmful impacts on the environment.” You need to understand what this means to you. Industry experts will discuss how section 316(b) affects your operations and examine how variable frequency drives (VFDs) can help you achieve full compliance and decrease total cost of ownership.




Next Generation Training Software: A Virtual Reality Tour

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Join the discussion with Industry Expert, Hans Van den Wijngaert, about trends and the forecast of how the process industries have and will benefit from innovation in the utilization of real-time data access in collaborative 3D immersive environments. Discover how an Immersive Training Simulator can enable customized, scenario-driven 3D workflow simulations for HSE training, emergency drills and SOP rehearsals. Join us for this webinar to learn more about key knowledge retention, enhancing operational safety and efficiency with advanced, 3D virtual reality visualization software.



Why Is Powder Mixing so Difficult?

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The purpose of this webinar is to help engineers and scientists recognize problems with powder mixing.  Some problems are easily solved with simple adjustments to fill level or blend time.  Other problems involve the effects of certain design features of the mixing equipment.  Most powder processing problems are because the physical processes of mixing are not well understood.

The basic objective of the course is learning how to make the best use of existing powder mixers.  All opportunities should be explored and any improvements made to existing equipment before considering other types of mixers.  Changing mixers will always create some new problems.  An unbiased description of different types of powder mixing equipment is useful, but evaluation and testing of different mixing equipment is always recommended.

Understanding powder properties does not necessarily predict mixing success, but powder properties may explain why problems exist.  All powder mixers will work, but only for certain types of powders and applications.


ISO 55000: The Sustainable Business Strategy for Operational Excellence and Safety

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Webinar Summary:

Do you know if your assets are safe and in good operating order? Can you prove it today? Learn how to develop a strategy and roadmap for managing critical production assets aligned with the new international standard for Asset Management, ISO 55000. This new standard will serve as a foundation for operational excellence and safety. It will help asset managers to mitigate risk and ensure assets deliver value. From establishing an asset management policy and plan to ensuring adherence to process, roles, and responsibilities, take away key steps to compliance (or today’s essential best practices in asset management).


How to Attract and Retain Top Talent

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In today's marketplace, the competition for top candidates is fierce. Being able to effectively attract and retain the best talent can be a crucial competitive advantage, resulting in higher-quality applications, increased attraction of passive candidates, higher offer acceptance rates, lower turnover, and decreased recruiting costs. Mr. Wolf will provide a roadmap for developing a more effective hiring process, creating a strong employer brand that attracts higher quality candidates, and tips on what your company can do to improve its talent pool.


What is Good Mixing?

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The purpose of this webinar is to help engineers and scientists recognize the differences between “good” and “bad” mixing. Mixing is not just one operation, but different aspects of fluid motion depending on the application and process objectives. Mixing may mean blending for uniform properties; intense local turbulence to promote chemical reaction; off-bottom suspension of solids for dissolution; dispersion of a gas for mass transfer; complete motion of a viscous fluid; or dispersion of immiscible liquid to form an emulsion. Describing “mixing” in real process objectives is important to understand how to achieve “good” mixing.

All liquid mixing involves flow patterns. Some flow patterns are incorrectly thought to represent “good” mixing. A strong surface vortex is usually a sign of poor mixing. An up-pumping impeller is not good for suspending solids. Different types of impellers work better in certain situations. Seeing flow patterns can be an aid in understanding “good” mixing.

Mixing has many differences. No one type of fluid motion or mixing equipment works in all applications. Understanding flow patterns can help establish ways to improve mixing. Mixing can be a solution to a problem or an opportunity for improvement. Understanding what works and what does not is an essential part of doing “good” mixing.
 

Shale gas future: Global distribution and industry impacts

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Webinar Summary:
The increasing availability of natural gas from shale deposits in the U.S. is continuing to have a profound effect on many industrial sectors. While prominent shale deposits have received attention in the U.S., there is lower awareness of the distribution of shale across the globe and the enormous petroleum resources they represent. The economic advantage created by shale gas and the benefits to the U.S. economy of shale development are well reported. The impacts of the shale development on the technology used in the chemical industry is not discussed nearly as often. Increasing ethane use favorably impacts ethylene derivatives, but has negative implications for chemical products based on steam cracker co-products. The shifting feedstock slate creates challenges and opportunities for the industry. Less naphtha cracking creates less C3 and higher materials, leading to a shift toward on-purpose production of propylene, butadiene and other chemical intermediates. This Webinar is designed to help attendees better understand how the shale gas boom may play out globally, and what it will mean for the chemical industry in the future.

The Safe And Productive Maintainance of Piping Systems in an Operational Chemical Process Industry (CPI) facility

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Webinar Summary:
Process piping inspection and preventative maintenance (PM) procedures are an essential element for any fixed equipment mechanical integrity (FEMI) program. The petroleum and chemical process industries (CPI) continue to have piping system failure incidents due to various forms of progressive deterioration of a system’s ability to contain its fluid service under pressure. Hence, having an effective piping inspection and PM program written in accordance with the latest editions of ASME B31.3 Process Piping Code, API 570 Piping Inspection Code and its companion document API RP 574, Inspection Practices for Piping System Components, is foundational to the safe and continued cost effective operation of any CPI facility.

 

Process Solutions from Wet Chemistry to Near-Infared Spectroscopy - Ensure Product Quality & Prevents Downtime

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Webinar Summary:
Many testing applications across a variety of industries nowadays need constant monitoring. However, bringing samples back to the lab for analysis can be time-consuming and inefficient. At-line, online or inline solutions for time-sensitive analyses prevent costly downtime and enable simultaneous monitoring of several process parameters in real time. A wide range of techniques from wet chemistry to near-infrared spectroscopy are suitable for your process environment!

 

A shale gas primer: the economic impact, technology and water issues behind the shale gas boom

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The availability of large amounts of natural gas from shale deposits in the U.S. has been a transformative development for the country, changing the energy equation for a wide range of industry sectors while raising a host of environmental concerns.  This Webinar is designed to explore the enabling technologies of shale-gas revolution, its impact on the chemical industry, and the challenges associated with gas production.  

Webinar attendees will hear from a leading economist from the American Chemistry Council, who has led a series of detailed studies on the impact of the shale gas boom. She will discuss the scope of the investments made by the chemical industry to take advantage of inexpensive shale gas in the U.S. 

The Webinar will also feature the director of the Global Petroleum Research Institute, who will lead attendees through the technological advancements that have enabled the economic production of shale gas, including horizontal drilling techniques and the application of hydraulic fracturing to shale deposits. 

Finally, the Webinar will explore one of the most significant issues associated with hydraulic fracturing – water management.  A top engineer at CDM Smith will talk about how water is handled to fracture the wells, and the options for treating and re-using or discharging produced water from the well. 




Webinar: The role of mobile water treatment to offset emergency or scheduled plant shutdowns

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Whether it is the threat of an emergency shutdown, or the need for a planned outage, keeping water treatment facilities online is top of mind for plant operators and managers alike. Mounting pressures to maintain operations and ensure water treatment effectiveness within industrial settings is great and the need to ensure uptime is a critical part of daily activities.

Join POWER and Chemical Engineering's webinar to learn how Rentech Nitrogen Products, a producer of Agricultural-Grade Fertilizer Products, incorporated mobile softening solutions to circumvent two separate plant shutdown situations, preventing condensate dump and affording the plant un-interrupted flow of plant make-up water until repairs were made.

 

Custom Catalyst Commercialization II: Adding Value through Research & Development


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In this second webinar in the series “Custom Catalyst Commercialization” we will show how the involvement of BASF R&D can enhance either the current custom catalyst or lead to greatly improved second generation products, while maintaining the Intellectual Property (IP) protection that is critical to the custom catalyst relationship.

This webinar builds on information presented previously on development scenarios, scale-up and manufacturing processes, catalyst and process knowledge and expertise, as well as confidentiality and Intellectual Property (IP) protection. 

The webinar will conclude with a live question and answer session with BASF scientists and experts

 



3D Visualization for Optimal Asset Information Management


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Join us for this complimentary 30 minute webinar as we address, using visualization, the challenges of information flow across process industry enterprises. In particular, how solving these data challenges can improve reliability and process safety. Learn how visualization of asset information can enhance efficient maintenance planning and execution for your enterprise. See how, through the ability to access information on the actual status of plant assets, the COMOS Walkinside software from Siemens enables better decisions in real time. Join the discussion about how real-world owner-operators and EPCs have used this data-centric technology to increase profitability through minimized downtime and maximized plant availability.




How to gain a competitive advantage with Enterprise Project Portfolio Management


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Capital spend in chemical processing across the USA is estimated to rise $22Bn during 2013. Companies are looking to gain a competitive advantage by making the most of their existing assets, carefully selecting new capital investments, and delivering capital projects on time and on budget. 

A good approach to Enterprise Project Portfolio Management (EPPM) can help chemical companies drive improvement in financial discipline, operational efficiency and risk mitigation, thus giving organizations a big competitive advantage. 

Join us in this live webcast to hear how EPPM can significantly benefit your organization.




 




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