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Flowmeters Meet Modern Challenges

    Deregulation of market pricing structures, increased oil-and-gas exploration and drilling costs, fierce competition, and new regulatory requirements have all influenced today’s trend toward quality flow-measurement methodologies. Not only is volume a consideration, but so is the inherent value…

Interoperability

The ST 3000 Pressure Transmitter line from Honeywell International, Inc. (Phoenix, Ariz.; edlinks.chemengonline.com/6897-546) is said to be the process industries’ first to support HART 6, the latest digital-communication protocol of the HART Communications Foundation (Austin, Tex.). The new interoperability gives…

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A New Approach to Corrosion Monitoring

    Most assets depreciate, losing value over time as a result of wear and tear, age, or obsolescence. Corrosion, like depreciation, results in the often hidden cost of a non-cash expense — measurable in terms of reduced operating life…

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Realtime Metrics for Process Performance

    Process performance, quality and reliability depend directly on how a plant performs in real time. Yet many plants track and respond only to longterm averages. By measuring and responding to realtime measures, you can ensure:     Quick…

This ‘runny nose’ works better than a dry one

Researchers at the University of Warwick (edlinks.chemengonline.com/6896-540) and Leicester University (both U.K.) have used artificial nasal mucus to significantly enhance the performance of odor-sensing devices (electronic noses), which are used for quality control in, for example, the food industry. By…

A new NDT for composites

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (Greenbelt, Md.; edlinks.chemengonline.com/6896-541) invites companies to license a new non-destructive test (NDT) method for evaluating the degree of cure, variations in chemical composition and defect states in resin-based composites and metal oxides — data that…

Food-contamination sensors

Scientists at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB; Spain; edlinks.chemengonline.com/6896-542), in cooperation with the Institute of Chemical and Environmental Research (CSIC), have developed an electrochemical biosensor that can detect atrazine — a widely-used herbicide — at levels of 0.005 µg/L,…

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Sanctioned ‘cheating’

Business software applications, such as Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) — the broad set of activities that are supported by application software to help companies manage business activities, including product planning, parts purchasing, maintaining inventories, interacting with suppliers, providing customer service…

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Sanctioned ‘cheating’

Business software applications, such as Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) — the broad set of activities that are supported by application software to help companies manage business activities, including product planning, parts purchasing, maintaining inventories, interacting with suppliers, providing customer service…

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Using Spreadsheets As Curve Fitting Tools

    Spreadsheets have been around almost as long as personal computers. While early versions were clumsy and limited in scope, today’s spreadsheet programs can do almost anything the user wants them to do. These broadened capabilities are made easier…