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Online Exclusive: Q&A on AI and digitalization with Honeywell’s Tathagata Basu

The following questions and answers come from a conversation between Chemical Engineering magazine and Tathagata Basu, General Manager – Refining and Petrochemical at Honeywell Process Solutions (Houston, Texas; process.honeywell.com).  The discussion revolves around the use of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies…

Advancing manufacturing ‘smartly’

It is an exciting time to be involved in science and technology. Advances across many scientific disciplines are being made at an ever increasing rate. Drivers such as the urgent push toward decarbonization, global competition, the need for medical advances…

Process Control: Optimization at the Edge

The key technologies shaping industrial process control all work in tandem to support the ultimate goal of plant optimization Process control technologies are at the heart of all chemical process facilities, providing the foundation for safe and efficient plants. As…

Complex Chemistry Demands Precise Process Control

An advanced control system helps alleviate workflow inefficiencies and reliance on manual adjustments in a complex chemical process Synthesizing principles of engineering and biology, Solugen Inc. (Houston; www.solugen.com) has developed and commercially deployed a unique carbon-negative platform for peroxide manufacturing.…

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Cybersecurity Threats Prompt Proactive Approach

An evolving threat landscape for plant security is attracting more attention to the development of operational technology (OT)-specific cybersecurity programs, underlining the importance of collaboration and blurring the line between cyber- and physical security Cybersecurity threats against critical infrastructure sites,…

Recently published books for the CPI: January 2024

The following is a selection of recently published books with potential relevance to various parts of the chemical process industries (CPI).  Process Design for Cryogenics. By Alexander Alekseev, Wiley-VCH Publishing, 2024, 384 pages, $160.00. Handbook of Construction Management for Instrumentation…

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Monitor beer brewing 24/7 with this multisensor

In traditional beer brewing, the progress of the fermentation process is typically checked manually, by inserting a hydrometer (beer spindle) that measures the density, from which the extract content of the wort can be derived — a procedure that not…

Improving Productivity and Sustainability Through Digital Transformation

The chemical process industries (CPI) are exploring and investing in multiple technologies and operational improvements, striving to create smarter plants and more efficient processes so they can continuously improve productivity, sustainability and safety in their operations. These factors are pushing…

CE Podcast: Generative AI and Large-Language Models with Cognite’s Moe Tanabian

On this episode of the Chemical Engineering podcast, our guest is Moe Tanabian, the chief product officer at industrial software company Cognite. We talk with Moe about the potential of artificial intelligence-powered large language models (LLMs) to significantly enhance business…

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Modular Construction Encourages New Applications

The efficiency and cost effectiveness of modularity provides advantages for small- and large-scale projects When the right conditions exist, the benefits of modular construction — from laboratory scale to large scale — are plentiful and allow single-source, cost-effective and efficient…