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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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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… 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… 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… 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… 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…
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Direct conversion of cellulose to HMF demonstrated Researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL; Richland, Wash.; www.pln.gov)… A new support for biofilters Researchers from the Environmental Biotechnology Cooperative Research Center (Sydney and… Using gold to catalyze oxidation reactions Polymer-supported nanoclusters of gold have recently been shown to catalyze… Scaleup is set for an air-separation membrane The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI, Palo Alto, Calif.; www.epri.com)… A less-expensive way to make platinum catalysts The cost of producing platinum catalysts could be reduced by… Extracting drinking water from humidity An energy-autonomous process for capturing air humidity for drinking water… This photocatalyst works with visible light A photocatalyst that uses visible light to deodorize and disinfect… A gypsum-free, energy-saving route to lactic acid Uhde GmbH (Dortmund, Germany; www.uhde.biz) is developing a new process… Making solar panels even greener Last month, Malibu GmbH & Co, KG (Bielefeld, Germany; www.malibu-solar.de)… The missing piece for wireless process control Last month, Honeywell Process Solutions (HPS; Phoenix, Ariz.; www.honeywell.com/ps) unveiled… New catalyst boosts liquid-fuel yield from heavy hydrocarbons A new zeolite catalyst that increases yields of light cycle… BUSINESS NEWS
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DSM to sell urea-licensing business to Maire Tecnimont Royal DSM N.V. (Heerlen, Netherlands; www.dsm.com) and Maire Tecnimont S.p.A.… GEA builds automatic dairy plant in Chile The Process Technology Segment of GEA Group AG (Bochum, Germany;… BASF extends joint R&D program with IMEC BASF SE (Ludwigshafen, Germany; www.basf.com) and IMEC (Leuven, Belgium; www2.imec.be),… Agilent acquires Varian for $1.5 billion Agilent Technologies, Inc. (Santa Clara, Calif.; www.agilent.com) and Varian, Inc.… Altana acquires Water Ink Technologies The specialty chemicals Group Altana AG (Wesel, Germany; www.altana.com) has… Nikkiso acquires Lewa Lewa GmbH (Leonberg, Germany; www.lewa.de) has been acquired by the… GEA to build cooling tower in Florida GEA Power Cooling Inc. (Lakewood, Colo.; www.geaict.com), a subsidiary of… Clean power from Africa Along with other industrial companies, Siemens Energy (Erlangen, Germany; www.siemens.com/energy)… Chinese government approves expansion in Nanjing The Chinese central government has approved the Joint Feasibility Study… Alfa Laval wins big orders from Petrobras Alfa Laval (Lund, Sweden; www.alfalaval.com) has received two orders for… Rhodia enters into biogas market Rhodia (Paris; www.rhodia.com) today announces its first business development investment… Lanxess kicks off new R&D collaboration for rubber Lanxess AG (Leverkusen, Germany; www.lanxess.com) has officially launched a new… Linde wins $1-billion contract for ethane cracker Borouge (Abu Dhabi; www.borouge.com), a leading provider of innovative, value… Topsøe contracts the world's largest ammonia plant Haldor Topsøe A/S (Lyngby, Denmark; www.topsoe.com) will supply ammonia synthesis… BASF to close Styropor plant at Tarragona; and more Plant Watch PET resin capacity expands in Saudi Arabia June… Teijin transfers 50% ownership in NatureWorks back to Cargill Teijin Ltd. (Tokyo; www.teijin.co.jp) announced today that it had transferred… TECHNICAL & PRACTICAL The Shotgun Approach: Removal of Fouling Deposits on Heat Transfer Surfaces in Coal-Fired Process Heaters & Boilers The heat transfer sufaces of coal-fired process heaters and boilers… Disperse Difficult Solids Despite the immense value and universal appeal of these additives… Revamps: Strategies for A Smooth Turnaround Meanwhile, the revamp opportunities that a turnaround provides are, themselves,… FACTS AT YOUR FINGERTIPS Flowmeter Selection When a flowmeter is needed, the selection process should include…
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