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Corrosion Prevention for Heating and Cooling Systems

Understanding that viable strategies exist to protect essential cooling and heating systems from corrosion is a crucial step in ensuring proper asset protection Several years ago, a manufacturing plant was forced to unexpectedly shut down one of its main production…

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From Waste to Resource: Avoiding Fouling in Ammonia Recovery

As more organizations look to ammonia recovery to take advantage of recent pricing trends, it is increasingly important to consider the impacts of fouling and other process inefficiencies The price of ammonia has increased by 600% from 2020 to 2022…

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…

Nuada announces new partnerships with cement companies

Nuada Carbon Capture (Belfast, Northern Ireland; www.nuadaCO2.com)  is accelerating its efforts to decarbonize the cement industry by announcing new partnerships with four pioneering cement companies Holcim (www.holcim.com), SCG (www.scg.com), Cementos Argos (www.argos.co) and Cementos Molins (www.cemolins.es). Carbon capture is a…

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Facts At Your Fingertips: Preventing Leaks in Small-Diameter Piping

Editor's note: The content in the following column is adapted from the following article: Palluzi, R., Leak Prevention in Small-bore Piping and Tubing, Chem. Eng., October 2020, pp. 22–25. The original article can be found here.  Leakage can negatively affect…

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Building Better Seal-Support Systems for Pumps

Adhering to API 682 guidelines will create safe, efficient and effective mechanical-seal supports in pumping systems In the 1980s, mechanical seals became the most frequently used sealing technology in petroleum refineries and chemical plants. The American Petroleum Institute (API; Washington,…

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Management and Maintenance Strategies for Valves

Asset criticality and risk are primary among the many factors that must be considered to appropriately manage valves throughout their lifecycle Asset strategies usually define how assets will be treated in the different phases of an asset lifecycle, from acquisition…

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Predictive Maintenance Basics

Enabled by modern digitalization tools, predictive maintenance strategies have distinct advantages over traditional approaches and preventive maintenance protocols The era of visual-inspection-only maintenance routines with an employee checking boxes off on a clipboard could soon become a relic thanks to…

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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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Proactive Industrial Hose Maintenance

Proper hose maintenance can prevent failures, increase profitability and improve safety Deciding when to change industrial hoses is a common challenge facing plant managers and engineers — and it is a challenging decision for good reason. If plant managers wait…