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The Unrecognized Problems of Relocating Laboratories

Follow the guidance provided here to avoid many of the problems that can arise during the relocation of laboratory facilities The decision to move a laboratory from an existing space to a new research facility is often warranted. A merger…

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Setting Specifications in the Modern World

Utilizing ‘Tolerance Intervals’ can help to set more realistic specification ranges, especially when only small amounts of data are available Specifications provide a framework by which one can gage whether products have been manufactured successfully. They identify a product’s key…

CCPS introduces new professional designation for process safety

The Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS) of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE; New York; www.aiche.org) has established a new professional designation for engineers and practitioners working in the chemicals, petrochemicals and affiliated industries. Becoming a CCPS Certified…

ACHEMA Trend report: Fluid Flow Machinery 4.0: a two-way conversation (2/2)

The first part of this report dealt with pumps, increasing demands for energy efficiency and decentralized intelligence. In the second part, learn more about valves and their role in automation as well as new business models for buying compressed air…

ACHEMA Trend Report: Fluid Flow Machinery 4.0: a two-way conversation (1/2)

Stricter Ecodesign regulations come into force in 2015 Automation and networking boost productivity Distributed intelligence at the field level provides greater versatility The leading pump manufacturer only has a 9% share of the total worldwide pump market which is estimated…

Computer models reduce need for real-world testing

Accurate simulations can replace many experiments and plant field tests Multi-scale and multi-physics models bridge science and engineering Open source software continues to make inroads As engineers and scientists strive to do more with less, computer modelling has become essential…

Industry reduces its thirst for water (1/2)

Water management conserves resources and cuts cost Efficiency: Water management is also energy management Technology: Effluent-free production (zero liquid discharge) How well does industry manage water resources? The general tendency today is to take a holistic systems approach. More process…

Underappreciated Competitive Factor: After sales service for pumps, valves and controls

After sales services create opportunities for users and manufacturers alike Trend towards full-service support which can even include process optimization Better products based on experience from actual application No more “service wasteland”. The expression coined nearly 20 years ago by…

Technology vs. Execution Expertise: Industrial plant manufacturer positioning in global marketplace

Trend towards large and mega projects continues European industrial plant manufacturers face major challenges Investors in the chemical industry are looking for new project partnership models The chemical industry is a booming sector for industrial plant manufacturers.Among other things, the…