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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.…

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Vent Away Condensate Pump Frustrations In A Flash

The guidance provided here can help to mitigate problems occurring in pumping systems used for condensate recovery Condensate recovery is crucial to energy reduction and water conservation in a steam-using plant. It reduces effluent discharge and treatment requirements, as well…

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More Sustainable Cleaning Solutions Increase Efficiency

Processors no longer need to sacrifice efficiency or effectiveness when selecting eco-friendly housekeeping methods Commitment to environmental, social and corporate-governance programs coupled with a pandemic-induced need for more effective sanitizing are forcing chemical, pharmaceutical, food-and-beverage and other processors to reevaluate…

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Facts At Your Fingertips: Predictive Maintenance Methods

Predictive maintenance (PdM) programs can provide advanced warning of equipment problems and potential failures. This one-page reference provides brief descriptions of six common predictive maintenance methods. Infrared thermography Continuous monitoring of equipment temperature over time has the potential to identify…

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Centrifugal Pumps:When to Repair, Replace or Modify?

When a pump operates inefficiently, or fails all together, the challenge is to make the most economical decision on how to remedy the situation. Some guidance is provided here Centrifugal pumps are widely used throughout the chemical process industries (CPI).…

Corrosion Under Insulation Gets Attention at CPI sites

Corrosion under insulation (CUI) remains a persistent challenge at chemical process industries facilities, but the issue is receiving renewed attention amid a host of technologies, materials and methodologies for detection and prevention of CUI Corrosion of process equipment, piping and…

Selecting Expansion Joints in CPI Applications

In order to maximize longevity and minimize process downtime, it is imperative to understand the factors that determine the proper selection of expansion joints. The following guidelines can help with selection decisions for expansion joints Although sometimes overlooked or treated…

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Quantifying varnish removal in lubricated systems

In lubricated systems, varnish and deposits can form on metal surfaces as lubricant oils degrade, often leading to inefficient operations and equipment failure. There are many chemical cleaning products to break down varnish, but the effectiveness of these compounds in…

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Predicting aluminum-alloy mechanical properties at high temperatures

Aluminum is used for a number of applications because it is lighter than iron and easy to machine. However, Al is usually alloyed with Cu, Mg or other elements for improved strength. Developing such alloys that maintain their strength at…