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Silicone-coated gloves for window manufacturing

The RepTek Grip silicone palm-coated gloves provide adhesion resistance paired with high cut resistance and dexterity. Hot butyl can become bothersome when it sticks to gloves, shortening the life and costing more money. This new silicone coating prevents sealant or…

Optimized safety and efficiency in confined-space operations

The new X-Viz confined space monitoring system (photo) is a complete safety-monitoring system designed to meet OSHA requirements during plant turnarounds. By integrating gas detection, video monitoring, alarms and access control technologies, X-Viz allows fewer safety attendants to remotely monitor…

Tools for improving wire connections to terminals.

Properly installed ferrules provide dependable wire terminations to both screw and push-in terminals, but installers and technicians need suitably rated parts and associated tools for making these connections. This company has therefore introduced a complete product line of S3TL series…

CE Podcast: Andreas Eschbach, CEO of eschbach

On this episode of the Chemical Engineering podcast, senior editor Scott Jenkins is joined by eschbach Europe and North America founder and CEO Andreas Eschbach, who discusses the progress and implications of the digital transformation in the chemical process industries,…

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Tower Doctor: A Quick Diagnosis Makes a Short Assignment

Henry Kister shares lessons learned from troubleshooting distillation towers On an assignment to troubleshoot a vacuum tower for a petroleum refinery, my team was tasked to “run simulations to determine why the heavy vacuum gas oil (HVGO) has a very…

Facts At Your Fingertips: Alternating-Current Induction Motors

Alternating-current (a.c.) induction motors are widely used throughout the chemical process industries (CPI) and other manufacturing sectors to convert electrical energy into mechanical energy to power rotating equipment, such as centrifugal pumps, compressors and fans, as well as other industrial…

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Materials of Construction: Stainless Steel Versus Nickel Alloys

Nickel alloys have long been the default choice for demanding applications in the chemical process industries (CPI). A new grade of stainless steel offers an alternative Demanding chemical engineering applications, such as plate heat exchangers (PHEs; Figure 1), tubing, pipes…

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Traversing a Data-Powered Supply Chain

Transporting chemical products across global supply chains is complex and challenging, but data-supported technologies are helping to improve efficiency, sustainability and reliability Materials produced by the chemical process industries (CPI) are used in nearly all global product chains. According to…

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Can Trash Interfere With a Cure?

Henry Kister shares lessons learned from troubleshooting distillation towers Construction of new production units has an undesirable byproduct: trash. Sometimes the hard question is­— Who will clean? The author was the startup superintendent on a new unit in an olefins…

Facts at your Fingertips: Clean-in-Place (CIP) Systems

Cleaning equipment surfaces is critical for processes involving biological materials to prevent microbial contamination. Clean-in-place (CIP) systems play a key role. In addition to preventing contamination, CIP systems also remove grit, scale and organic matter, which may affect process performance.…