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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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Catalytic process cuts the cost of biodiesel fuel Biodiesel fuel is being produced for under $2/gal from product… A less risky way to manufacture and transport nanoparticle products As producers continue to develop new applications for nanoparticles, the… 'Venus flytrap' — a new way to treat nuclear waste The cleanup of nuclear waste could be simplified by a… A quick way to tell when to pick cotton An instrument called the Cottonscope, which automatically measures cotton maturity… Commercial production of carbon nanotubes This month, Showa Denko K. K. (Tokyo, Japan; www.sdk.co.jp) will… A CO2-to-fuel process demonstrated Scientists at Carbon Sciences Inc. (Santa Barbara, Calif.; www.carbonsciences.com) have… April Chementator Briefs A hard biomaterial Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing… A new gasification process moves a step closer to commercialization Next year IHI Corp. (IHI; Tokyo, Japan; www.ihi.co.jp) plans to construct… Pilot plant to demonstrate advanced vapor-compression desalination nears completion Researchers at Texas A&M University (College Station, Tex.; www.tamu.edu) are… A highly efficient microwave reactor continuously produces metallic nanoparticles The process, developed by Masateru Nishioka at the Research Center… A microwave-assisted process makes nanoparticles underwater Professor Tetsu Yonezawa at the Materials Science Div. of Hokkaido… BUSINESS NEWS
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Outotec acquires Edmeston
Outotec Oyj (Espoo, Finland; www.outotec.com) has acquired all shares in… A new material for 700°C power plants
Together with E.ON AG (Düsseldorf; www.eon.com) and Hitachi Power Europe… Boliden acquires sulfuric acid plant from Kemira
Boliden AB (Stockholm, Sweden; www.boliden.com) has acquired Kemira’s sulfuric acid… Neste Jacobs & Eesti Energia to build a shale-oil condensation unit in Estonia
Neste Jacobs Oy (Porvoo, Finland; www.nestejacobs.com) and Eesti Energia (Tallinn, Estonia; www.energia.ee)… CDTech awarded gasoline desulfurization contract
Catalytic Distillation Technologies (CDTech; Pasadena, Tex.; www.cdtech.com) has been awarded a… Solvay starts up RDF cogeneration plant
Solvay S.A. (Brussels, Belgium; www.solvay.com) announces today that the construction of… AkzoNobel to add new plant at Ningbo site
AkzoNobel (Amsterdam, the Netherlands;www.akzonobel.com) is to build an additional plant… Biotage acquires MIP Technologies
Biotage AB (Uppsala, Sweden; www.biotage.com) and the owners of MIP… ZeaChem validates its core biorefining technology
ZeaChem Inc. (Lakewood, Col.; www.zeachem.com today announced it has produced commercial… Borouge inaugurates its first manufacturing plant in China
Borouge (Abu Dhabi, UAE; and Singapore; www.borouge.com) — a joint… BASF’s Catalysts division strengthens its capabilities
BASF SE’s (Ludwigshafen, Germany; www.basf.com) Catalysts division has completed a… Polysilicon facilities start up at Wacker’s Burghausen site
Additional polycrystalline-silicon production facilities officially came on stream at Wacker… HPD to supply evaporation and crystallization technology to Alkim Alkim Alkali Kimya A.S. (Alkim; Istanbul, Turkey), one of the… Lurgi starts up ethanol plant in California
Lurgi, Inc. (Memphis, Tenn.; www.lurgi.com), a member of the Air… Outotec to deliver technology for Bhushan Power & Steel Plant
Outotec Oyj (Espoo, Finland; www.outotec.com) has agreed with Bhushan Power… Teijin & Yixing to collaborate in wastewater treatment
Teijin Ltd. (Tokyo; www.teijin.co.jp) announced today that it has signed… TÜV SÜD steps up its activities in the global CPI
International provider of testing and certification services TÜV SÜD AG… Joint development of new organic semiconductors Merck KGaA (Darmstadt; www.merck.de) and Plastic Logic GmbH (Dresden, both… Grace and Borealis sign catalyst agreement
W. R. Grace & Co. (Columbia, Md.; www.grace.com) today announced… Pöyry awarded biomass boiler engineering project in U.S.
We Energies (Milwaukee, Wisc.; www.we-energies.com) has awarded Pöyry Oyj (Hessinki,… SGL & BMW: New carbon fiber plant for U.S.
SGL Group SE (Wiesbaden, Germany; www.sglcarbon.com) and BMW Group (Munich,… Technip wins two contracts for Indian refinery
Technip (Paris, France; www.technip.com) has been awarded two contracts by… The Road to Recovery Like most other businesses, engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) firms… Total announces plans to repurpose its Dunkirk refinery site and more business briefs Outotec to deliver a copper smelter for plant in China… Pöyry awarded pulp-mill engineering contract in Brazil Eldorado Celulose e Papel Ltda (Brazil) has awarded Pöyry Plc.… TECHNICAL & PRACTICAL Particle Sizing Across the CPI Particulate systems are everywhere; they are responsible for bright red… Non-Chemical Water Treatment Non-chemical methods for conditioning water for use in cooling towers… A Safety-Centered Approach To Industrial Lighting The use of appropriate hazardous-area lighting in the chemical process… Full-Length Sleeving for Process Heat Exchanger Tubes As heat exchangers age, their tube thickness decreases because of… Mechanical Design Aspects for High-Performance Agitated Reactors The stirred tank reactor with rotating mixers remains the backbone… FACTS AT YOUR FINGERTIPS Measurement guide for replacement seals Mechanical seals play a pivotal role in the chemical process…
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