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Solids Flow Measurement in Specialty Chemicals: Seamless Integration

Continuous flow measurement is used at this Austrian specialty chemicals manufacturer for process optimization, as well as overload protection Sensing-plate weighing systems are often used for weighing free-flowing and very dusty bulk materials. Such solids flowmeters ensure reliable determination of…

Digital Transformation and the Process Industries: A Chemical Engineer’s Perspective

A look back at the history of the digital transformation in the chemical process industries (CPI) can help guide current strategies for leveraging digital tools for the benefit of humans and the planet.  The main story in the chemical process…

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Data Analytics Software for Process Optimization

Advanced software solutions drill down through the data to provide actionable information There is no shortage of data produced in a chemical processing facility, but sifting through the data to drill down to the useful information can be particularly cumbersome.…

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Breaking New Ground: AI’s Role in Biomanufacturing

Advanced technologies employing artificial intelligence (AI) and deep-learning models can reshape product inspection and quality control in bioprocesses, but users must understand both the capabilities and limitations of such digital platforms for optimal implementation Artificial intelligence (AI) has revolutionized the…

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Facts At Your Fingertips: Plant Cybersecurity Awareness

The expanding use of digitalization tools at chemical process industries (CPI) facilities, coupled with the ongoing convergence of operational technology (OT) systems with traditional computer information technology (IT) systems, has increased plant cybersecurity risks. All plant personnel play a role…

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Optimizing Fluidized-Bed Drying Processes

Modern control technologies and industrial automation strategies can help processors use fluidized-bed dryers to drive competitiveness and profitability The ability of fluidized-bed dryers to achieve exceptional performance and deliver high-quality results in the controlled, gentle and homogeneous drying of wet…

Digitalization progress and hurdles

At the 7th Connected Plant Conference, held June 25–28 in New Orleans, (CPC; www.connectedplantconference.com), attendees heard about significant progress made toward the digital transformation in the chemical process industries (CPI) along several fronts. However, complex challenges remain as organizations seek…

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Autonomous control of a distillation column

Eneos Materials Corp. (formerly the elastomers business unit of JSR Corp.; www.eneos.co.jp) and Yokogawa Electric Corp. (both Tokyo, Japan; www.yokogawa.com) recently reached an agreement to officially adopt Yokogawa’s autonomous-control artificial intelligence (AI) technology for use at an Eneos Materials chemical…

Digital Transformation ‘Gamechangers’ Recognized at 2023 Connected Plant Conference

A group of individuals and teams were honored for their achievements in furthering the digital transformation in the power generation and chemical process industries (CPI) at the 2023 Connected Plant Conference (www.connectedplantconference.com) in New Orleans, La. on Sunday.   Chosen…

Recently Published Books for the CPI: July 2023

The following is a list of recently published books that may be relevant to professionals in the chemical process industries (CPI).  Turquoise Hydrogen: An Effective Pathway to Decarbonization and Value Added Carbon Materials. Edited by Matteo Pelucchi and Matteo Maestri,…