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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…
EDITOR'S PAGE Inspiring Women in the CPI Good role models can greatly influence the path of a… COVER STORY Fundamentals of High-Shear Dispersers Successful dispersion depends on a basic understanding of dispersion equipment… IN THE NEWS NEWSFRONTS Valves for Extreme Service To meet the needs of the chemical process industries, new… 3-D Printing Accelerates, Creating CPI Opportunities Activity in standards development, industry initiatives and R&D are fueling… CHEMENTATOR
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CO2 capture Chemists from Rice University (Houston; www.rice.edu) are developing an asphalt-based… Cr(VI)-FREE COATINGS Praxair Surface Technologies, a division of Praxair, Inc. (Danbury, Conn.;… METAL-FREE ATRP Atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) is a relatively new process… BIO SNG PILOT Construction has been completed on a trailer-mounted pilot plant that… Isothermal compression gets practical Mechanical engineering students have been taught that true isothermal compression,… Synthesizing adipic acid without generating N2O Adipic acid, a precursor for the synthesis of nylon, is… Electrode design increases efficiency of suspended-solids removal A specially designed electrode could improve the efficiency of removing… A bio-based crosslinker for polyurethanes At the European Coatings Show (April 21–23; Nuremberg, Germany), Bayer… A step closer to making CO by artificial photosynthesis Researchers at Toshiba Corp. (Tokyo, Japan; www.toshiba.co.jp) have developed an… A highly efficient heterogeneous catalyst for making THF and other chemicals from biomass The research group of Keiichi Tomishige at Tohoku University (Sendai,… Reduce maintenance of high-pressure pumps In hydraulic fracturing, high-pressure pumps force water bearing sand or… Xylenes-production process takes advantage of low-cost methanol feedstock A new low-pressure xylenes-production process combines toluene with methanol to… Reducing ground-level O3 The Catalyst Div. of BASF (Iselin, N.J.; www.basf.com) has launched… Making biocrude and nutrients from algae The hydrothermal liquefaction of algae has been the subject of… BUSINESS NEWS Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Siemens form metals JV; and more Business News Plant Watch Dresser-Rand, Ener-Core to provide cogeneration system to Pacific… TECHNICAL & PRACTICAL FEATURE REPORT Thermal Design Guidelines for Optimizing Shell-and-Tube Heat Exchangers Ensuring optimal performance of shell-and-tube heat exchangers requires knowledge of… Evaluate Heat-Exchanger Tube-Rupture Scenarios Using Dynamic Simulation Applying dynamic simulation models to tube-rupture scenarios can help ensure… FACTS AT YOUR FINGERTIPS Dimensionless numbers in fluid dynamics Dimensionless numbers refer to physical parameters that have no units… TECHNOLOGY PROFILE "Green" Ethylene Production Provided by Intratec Solutions With a global nominal capacity of about 140 million ton/yr,… SOLIDS PROCESSING Bulk Solids: Optimizing Screw Conveyors Despite their apparent simplicity, the complexity of these conveying systems… ENGINEERING PRACTICE Flare Consolidation Considerations Consolidating multiple flares can help mitigate emissions and maintenance Chris… EQUIPMENT & SERVICES FOCUS Industrial Housekeeping Safeguard industrial workwear and tools with this rugged bin This… NEW PRODUCTS
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These actuators’ plastic housing provides resilience and versatility The ECP Series of thermoplastic quarter-turn electric actuators (photo) features… Monitor heat-tracing with this thermostat The Raychem ETS-05 electronic, surface-sensing thermostat (photo) accurately controls and… For oil-fired heaters, consider this optimized de-aerator The new automatic FloCo-TOP-2 fuel-oil de-aerator was designed for continuous… A new panel simplifies control-valve-related functionalities Automated process valves using pneumatic actuators always require a range… This scanner can accept up to 16 process variables The Vantageview PD6730X Modbus scanner is designed for accurate display… An intelligent valve actuator with integrated safety function The TriVAX (photo) and TriVAX flex intelligent electrohydraulic valve actuators… Molecular structure database now has 750,000 entries Over 750,000 entries are now available to the scientific community… This instrument measures adhesion strength The P.A.T.T.I. Micro is an adhesive-testing instrument that quantitatively measures… Slash mine-ventilation electricity costs with this smart system The SmartVentilation system is a complete solution to the challenge… A new solenoid valve variant for high-pressure applications This company’s Type 6027 solenoid valve is now available in… A new actuator for hygienic applications The new Type 3379 Pneumatic Actuator is tailored to the… Two new self-loading regulator valves With the introduction of the new SLR-1 and SLR-2 self-loading… This data-acquisition system has three new amplifier modules This company has introduced three new amplifier modules for its… Compatibility updates for this overpressure protection software The newest version of the Process Safety Pressure Protection Manager… AODD air-distribution system is now available in stainless steel The energy-efficient Pro-Flo Shift Air-Distribution System (ADS) is now available… Head-mount transmitter for hazardous area applications The M100 is a two-wire transmitter for liquid analytics in… Universal display module for point-level sensors With the new plicsLED display module, the switching status of…
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