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The far reach of the CPI To determine the impact of the chemical industry’s contributions to… IN THE NEWS NEWSFRONTS A Bright Future for Quantum Dots The novel performance characteristics and tunability of quantum dots make… Distillation Column Internals: It's What's on the Inside that Counts New column internals boost efficiency and improve reliability of distillation… CHEMENTATOR
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Mechanochemistry performs cross-coupling reactions Palladium-catalyzed cross-coupling reactions are one of the most powerful and… CO2 scrubber supplies raw material for oxalic acid production A novel carbon-capture project at Michigan Technical University (MTU; Houghton,… Chementator Briefs ‘Green’ steelmaking Seamlessly following the successful completion of the GrInHy… This P-recovery process is market-ready At PowTech 2019 this month (Nuremberg, Germany), Glatt Ingenieurtechnik GmbH… A new membrane for forward osmosis Many desalination technologies have been developed, but they usually require… A new catalyst for making renewable feedstocks The compound 2,5-furandicarboxylic acid (FDCA) is an attractive raw material… Zeolite membranes to undergo large-scale testing for CO2 capture In late February, construction began on a test facility that… Nanostructured catalyst converts CO2 to ethanol electrochemically Reducing carbon dioxide to useful fuel molecules is a highly… BUSINESS NEWS Business News - April 2019 Plant Watch Asahi Kasei plans LIB separator capacity expansions March… TECHNICAL & PRACTICAL U.S. Patent Rights: Think Twice Before Disclosing Your Invention These cautionary tales provide insight that can lead to best… FEATURE REPORT Field Performance Testing for Centrifugal Compressors Determining the field performance of centrifugal compressors can benefit operation… Protecting Instruments from Overpressure Overpressure in a process can damage the seals in a… Prevent Product Release with Pressure Protection Systems Closing off pressure upstream can minimize the need for pressure-relief… FACTS AT YOUR FINGERTIPS Facts at your Fingertips: Convection versus Conduction Drying in Industry Adjustment and control of moisture levels in solid materials is… TECHNOLOGY PROFILE Technology Profile: Production of Polyacrylonitrile Fibers This column is based on “Polyacrylonitrile Production – Cost Analysis,”… ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGER Key Considerations for the Use of Portable Gas Detectors Recent advances in gas-monitoring technologies can greatly increase worker connectivity… EQUIPMENT & SERVICES FOCUS Focus on Analyzers A proportional level-output detector for pilot plants The Dynatrol CL-10GP… NEW PRODUCTS
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A comprehensive line of vacuum metrology equipment The VacTest line of vacuum measurement equipment comprises a comprehensive… New pumps with a patented cyclone seal chamber This company has expanded its ISO Series of process pumps… A new modular economizer heat exchanger An economizer is a type of heat exchanger that recovers… Universal control extends security to individual devices The Xage Enforcement Point (XEP) platform extends network security to… Diaphragm valves for a large biopharmaceutical plant Valves from the SISTO-C series (photo) have been ordered for… Measure roughness directly in the production process Whether a surface must be very smooth or show a… New polymer powder for 3-D printing This company has developed a new polymer powder for applications… This vacuum-tray dryer features a unique CIP system The Model E1S fixed-shelf vacuum-tray dryer (photo) has a chamber… These flow controllers support many user-created mixtures The DPC Series of precision digital mass-flow controllers for process… Remote tank-level monitoring with cellular connectivity TankScan TSU1000 (photo) is an IIoT-enabled ultrasonic tank-monitoring system with… A new digital service to optimize maintenance This company has expanded its Digital Enterprise portfolio to include… A dense-phase conveying system for sensitive products The Pulse-Flow PTA dense-phase pneumatic conveying system (photo) directs air… New options for this biogas flowmeter The Optisonic 7300 Biogas ultrasonic flowmeter (photo) for the measurement… Efficiently reduce agglomerates into particles The Model LB550 lump breaker (photo) can reduce agglomerates as… This boundary monitor now includes VOC emissions data The new Guardian2 site boundary monitor (photo) is designed to… Effective utilization of unused device data At the 2019 Hannover Messe (April 1–5), this company highlighted… Backpressure valves and pulsation dampeners combined New Fusion dampeners (photo) combine the technologies of this company’s… Easily detect level in challenging powder materials The CL-10 G Series of level detectors (photo) are designed… A tablet makes data available, even in hazardous zones The new Tab-Ex 02 industrial tablet (photo) is ATEX/IECEx Zone… Anti-cavitation valve trim helps improve plant availability, safety The Fisher Vee-Ball rotary control valves are now available with… A new digital service to transform engineering in the CPI This company’s Advanced Modelling and Simulation (AMS) service can help… This magnetic separator is automatically cleaned Introduced at Powtech this month, the Easy Clean magnetic separator…
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Chementator: A faster way to decontaminate soil Liberty Engineering (Hamburg, N.Y.; www.libertypsa.com) has developed a bioremediation system… Chementator: Feed sugar to these bacteria and they’ll produce hydrogen Azotobacter are nitrogen-fixing bacteria that do a useful job in… Chementator: Longer-lasting batteries QuantumSphere, Inc. (Santa Ana, Calif.; www.qsinano.com) has filed a key… Chementator: Oxy-combustion Last month, what is claimed as the first pilot plant… Chementator: Bio-based isoprene Genencor, a div. of Danisco A/S (Copenhagen, Denmark; www.danisco.com) and… Chementator: A new method for catalyst design A method for identifying less-expensive catalysts, compared to commercial, precious-metal-based… Chementator: Smaller baghouses Last month, Donaldson Torit (Minneapolis, Minn.; www.donaldson.com) launched the Torit… Chementator: Decontaminate soil using electrons to make microbe’s meals The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBL; Berkeley, Calif.; www.lbl.gov) has… Chementator: Faster predictive control Cutler Technology Corp. (San Antonio, Tex.; www.cutler-tech.com) has launched ADMC… Chementator: This graphene-based catalyst speeds cellulose saccrification, without H2SO4 waste In order to make ethanol from cellulose, the polysaccharide must… Chementator: Enhanced gas detection Launched at ISA Expo 2008 this month (Houston, Tex.; October… Chementator: A process that requires less energy to treat sludge efficiently A new activated-sludge-treatment process that promises to slash energy consumption… Chementator: Biomass-to-DME As part of the European BioDME project, Haldor Topsøe A/S… Chementator: Eye washing takes a new direction Since the original invention of the steady-stream eyewash over 50… Chementator: Improving leather Last month, Lanxess AG (Leverkusen, Germany; www.lanxess.com) launched Levotan X-Cel,… Chementator: Joint venture will produce transportation fuels from agricultural and forest residues UOP LLC (Des Plaines, Ill.; www.uop.com) will form a joint… BUSINESS NEWS
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Nestlé orders aseptic filling line from GEA GEA Procomac, a company of GEA Group AG (Bochum, Germany;… Evonik plans more investment in Brazil Evonik Industries AG (Essen, Germany; www.evonik.com) plans to build a… UOP and partners to develop 2nd-generation biofeedstock technology under U.S. DOE award UOP LLC (Des Plaines, Ill.; www.uop.com), a Honeywell company, announced… PanGas to build a new air separation plant The Linde Group (Munich, Germany; www.linde.com), via its Swiss subsidiary… The Linde Group expands gases supply in Ningbo The Linde Group (Munich, Germany; www.linde.com) has entered into two… Honeywell to acquire combustion equipment vendor Callidus Technologies Honeywell has announced a definitive agreement to acquire Callidus Technologies… IPS to supply control technology to world's first H2 power plant Invensys Process Systems (IPS; Plano, Tex.; www.invensys.com), a global technology,… GTC Technology selected for large aromatics project at Rafo Petrochemical Holding GmbH (Vienna, Austria), has chosen eight proprietary process… Metso’s automation for renewable diesel plants Metso Corp. (Helsinki, Finland; www.metso.com) will deliver comprehensive automation and… Solvay acquires ASCC in Egypt Solvay S.A. (Brussels, Belgium; www.solvay.com) has entered into a final… Wacker expands polysilicon production Wacker Chemie AG (Munich, Germany) plans to construct a new… GEA invests in the future
GEA Group AG (Bochum, Germany; www.geagroup.com) has decided to implement… DuPont, Danisco JV breaks ground for biofuels facility The DuPont cellulosic ethanol joint venture (JV), DuPont Danisco Cellulosic… Economic Indicators: Business News Plant Watch LyondellBasell grants license for new plant in the… Oxea expands N.A. carboxylic-acids production, adds butyric acid In an effort to increase its operational flexibility, Oxea GmbH… BASF completes capacity expansion at facility in Spain BASF Catalysts LLC (Iselin, N.J.; www.basf.com) has completed a significant… Caloric wins contract for another H2 plant in France Caloric Anlagenbau GmbH (Munich, Germany; www.caloric.com) has won the contract… IDEX acquires Richter Chemie-Technik IDEX Corp. (Northbrook, Ill.; www.idexcorp.com) today announced the acquisition of… ExxonMobil’s MTG technology selected for CTL projects ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Co. (Fairfax, Va.; www.exxonmobil.com/refiningtechnologies) has entered… HPD to supply salt production and caustic facility to Shintech Shintech Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Shin-Etsu Chemical Co.,… Evonik grants exclusive license to Solvias Evonik Degussa GmbH (Essen, Germany; www.evonik.com), has granted an exclusive… Uhde wins two contracts for coke plants in Japan OTTO Corp. (Tokyo, Japan) has commissioned Uhde GmbH (Dortmund, Germany;… Total inaugurates MTO demonstration unit
At its petrochemicals complex in Feluy, Belgium, Total S.A. (Paris;… TECHNICAL & PRACTICAL
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Facts at Your Fingertips: Heat Transfer System Design Pumps Centrifugal pumps with cast or forged steel casings are… Feature Report: Part 1: Using Installed Gain to Improve Valve Selection The perfect valve to control your process has been… Valves and Specialty Metal Materials The role of valves in a process is far from… Feature Report: Spray Technology Fundamentals & Applications: Game Winning Strategies Spray technology is a powerful tool used to achieve higher… Engineering Practice: Discharge Coefficients and Flow Resistance Factors This article presents the fundamental concepts of the discharge coefficient,… Strategies to Minimize Wastewater Discharge As regulatory issues, environmental sensitivity, and longterm water supply concerns…
Silica in boiler feedwater can lead to unplanned shutdowns and extra maintenance. A major Spanish fertilizer producer has switched to a METTLER TOLEDO silica analyzer. Discover the benefits of this change.
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