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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…
A window into kettle reboiler secrets Thermosiphon reboilers are the new standard in petroleum refineries and… IN THE NEWS CHEMENTATOR
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A high-performance electrode material for lithium-ion batteries A huge market for lithium ion batteries is expected to… October Chementator Briefs Renewable jet fuel Houston-based bioenergy company Terrabon Inc. (www.terrabon.com)… Making crude oil from coal, without mining or combustion An underground coal-to-liquids (UCTL) technology is undergoing pilot testing at… A new approach to maintaining tubular heat exchangers At the 2nd Annual ChemInnovations Conference and Expo (Houston; September… Dewatering enzymes boost ethanol production efficiency A technique that improves the efficiency of ethanol plants by… A new heterogeneous catalyst for low-temperature VOC decomposition Professor Yuki Taniguchi at the Chemicals Research Institute, Tokyo Institute… Waste-to-ethanol plant on pace for mid-2012 operation Impending standards requiring that cellulosic ethanol be used in gasoline… U.S. production is scheduled for a critical metal China produces about 98% of the world’s electrolytic manganese metal… Slash sewage-sludge volumes with this add-on digester A 60% reduction in the sludge volume was achieved at… A fast way to recover CO2 A rapid pressure-swing-adsorption (rPSA) system to separate carbon dioxide from… BUSINESS NEWS
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Tecnimont & Stamicarbon: New contract for fertilizer project in Egypt Maire Tecnimont S.p.A. announces that its main operating company Tecnimont… Dow and Davy license LP Oxo Technology to Wison (Nanjing) Clean Energy Davy Process Technology Ltd. (DPT; London, U.K.; www.davyprotech.com), a Johnson… Toyo awarded energy-optimization project at Sabic Toyo Engineering Corp. (Toyo; Chiba, Japan; www.toyo-eng.co.jp) was awarded an… Oxea to build its first production plant in China Oxea GmbH (Oberhausen, Germany; www.oxea-chemicals.com) says it will build its first… Lummus Technology lands contract in China CB&I (The Woodlands, Tex.; www.cbi.com) announced today that Lummus Technology… CB&I: Contract for sulfuric-acid-akylation unit in China
CB&I (The Woodlands, Tex.; www.cbi.com) announced today that Lummus Technology… CB&I awarded technology contracts in the Philippines CB&I (The Woodlands, Tex.; www.cbi.com) has been awarded contracts by… Lanxess and BioAmber partner to produce renewable, phthalate-free plasticizers Lanxess AG (Leverkusen, Germany; www.lanxess.com) plans to produce phthalate-free plasticizers… New Topsøe methanol plant started up in Russia On October 20, the official ceremony of commissioning of the… Wacker and Dow Corning open expanded pyrogenic-silica plant in China Today, Wacker Chemie AG (Munich, Germany; www.wacker.com) and Dow Corning… Cobalt Technologies and Rhodia to develop bio-butanol market in Latin America Cobalt Technologies (Mountain View, Calif.; www.cobalttech.com) and Rhodia (Paris, France;… Siemens builds a new automation-engineering factory in China The Siemens Industry Automation Division (Nuremberg, Germany; www.siemens.com) is further… Air Liquide: Two new ASUs for Korean steelmaker Air Liquide (Paris, France; www.airliquide.com) has signed a contract with… UOP: Propylene and isobutane production technology for Yantai Wanhua Polyurethanes UOP LLC (Des Plaines, Ill: www.uop.com), a Honeywell company, has… Uhde commissions Europe’s biggest urea plant Europe’s biggest urea plant comes on-stream: ThyssenKrupp Uhde GmbH (Dortmund,… M&G Group partners with TPG to form Beta Renewables Gruppo Mossi and Ghisolfi (M&G; Milan, Italy; www.gruppomg.com), through its… Envergent Technologies and Green Fuel Nordic: Biomass processing in Finland
Envergent Technologies LLC (Des Plaines, Ill.; www.envergenttech.com), a Honeywell company,… Lanxess acquires Unitex Chemical Lanxess AG (Leverkusen, Germany; www.lanxess.com) is strengthening its global asset… Technip: Specialty lubricant-base-stock facility in the U.S.
Technip (Paris, France; www.technip.com) was awarded a contract by ExxonMobil… Air Liquide; Further investment in Bulgaria Bulgaria’s economy has registered steady growth in recent years that… First plants of BASF-YPC expansion in Nanjing come onstream The first production facilities in the $1.4-billion expansion of BASF-YPC… Wacker starts polysilicon production at its Nünchritz site
Wacker Chemie AG (Munich, Germany; www.wacker.com) has begun producing hyperpure… Coal-to-Liquids complex in Mozambique to apply Uhde’s Prenflo PDQ process
ThyssenKrupp Uhde GmbH (Dortmund, Germany; www.uhde.eu) and SGC Energia (SGCE)… Fluor wins FEED contract for new Canadian refinery Fluor Corp. (Irving, Tex.; www.fluor.com) was awarded a contract by… Evonik to build hydrogen peroxide plant in China Evonik Industries AG (Essen, Germany; www.evonik.com) will build a new… MHI lands large-scale fertilizer-plant order in Malaysia Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI; Tokyo, Japan; www.mhi.co.jp), jointly with… Solvay commissions the world’s largest H2O2 plant in Thailand Solvay S.A. (Brussels, Belgium; www.solvay.com) announced today that MTP HPJV… Axens’ technologies for Irak Nassiriya new refinery The State Company for Oil Projects (SCOP), part of the… Lanxess strengthens commitment to Brazilian automotive sector Lanxess AG (Levewrkusen, Germany; www.lanxess.com) is strengthening its commitment to… Resinall Rütgers Resins acquires Neville Chemical Europe
Resinall Rütgers Resins GmbH (RRR; Duisburg, Germany) — a joint… TECHNICAL & PRACTICAL Clarifying Liquid Filtration There are various reasons that make filtering necessary in… Making Pump Maintenance Mandatory One of the key components in the operational success of… Characterizing Powder Flow To confidently design, operate and troubleshoot solids-handling processes, engineers need… Determining Packing Height With Accuracy Equilibrium stage simulations are the nearly universal process design tool… FACTS AT YOUR FINGERTIPS Steam generator operation and thermodynamics A well-operated steam generator can save money. In a steam-driven…
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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