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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 Have you noticed? If you’ve been noticing something different about your recent issues… COVER STORY Managing Large Chemical Plant Startups Prudent planning and scheduling during a project’s front end can… IN THE NEWS Lanxess starts up EPDM rubber plant in China; and more business news Plant Watch Roquette launches isosorbide production unit in France April… NEWSFRONTS Improved Particle-Size Analysis Boosts Quality Particle-size analysis methods are changing for the better, reducing rework… U.S. Petroleum Refining: Snapshot 2015 Developments from the 2015 AFPM annual meeting frame a picture… CHEMENTATOR
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May Chementator Briefs A natural fungicide An international research team, led by Yoshikazu… ‘Up-cycling’ perfluorinated polymers At the end of March, Dyneon GmbH (Burgkirchen, Germany) —… New cryogenic technology for cooling superconducting cables Industrial gases specialist Messer Group GmbH (Bad Soden, Germany; www.messergroup.com)… A pulsation dampener that decreases pump energy consumption A new pulsation dampener benefits from a design that can… Construction to begin on biomass-to-fuels facility Construction is set to begin on a biorefinery in Oregon… An effective graphene-based desalination membrane Researchers from Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL; Oak Ridge, Tenn.;… Nanolaminated alloys grow parts for enhanced corrosion resistance By controlling material interfaces at the nano-scale, Modumetal Inc. (Seattle,… Making bioethanol directly from starch Today, the cost of enzymes continues to make bioethanol uncompetitive… Air-capture of CO2 using waste process heat Carbon-negative technology being commercialized by Global Thermostat LLC (New York,… A desalination membrane that is resistant to chlorine The major drawback of existing membranes for desalination plants is… TECHNICAL & PRACTICAL Flare-Gas Recovery Methods for Olefin Plants Adding flare-gas recovery units at strategic locations of an olefin… FEATURE REPORT Connecting Operations Personnel to Reliability Efforts Seven methodologies are described to help operations staff take greater… FACTS AT YOUR FINGERTIPS Catalysis Fundamentals Catalysis is among the most important chemical phenomena in industrial… TECHNOLOGY PROFILE Hydrogen Production from Natural Gas Hydrogen (H2) is an important chemical feedstock, mainly applied in… ENGINEERING PRACTICE Troubleshooting Tube-Deterioration Mechanisms in Direct-Fired Heaters A practical step-by-step guide for reducing future tube failure Forced… ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGER Optimizing Pressure Relief Systems Alternative designs for pressure relief systems may offer investment cost… EQUIPMENT & SERVICES FOCUS Flowmeters Compact flowmeter manages up to six common plant gases The… NEW PRODUCTS
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A mobile wireless router for industrial remote communication This company has expanded its Scalance M wireless router series… A rupture disc specially designed for transport containers The Intermodal Container Disc (ICD) is a fully lined rupture… Mobile storage cages with adjustable shelves Available from this storage specialist, Stak-Red mobile security cages provide… Compact turbine pumps for low flows, high pressures The MTH range of pumps is ideally suited to applications,… Microprocessor-based gas monitors with custom sensors The GSM-60 is a microprocessor-based gas monitor especially designed for… This underwater pelletizing system now has new features The re-designed underwater pelletizing system Sphero S incorporates a variety… A high-pressure microreactor for small-batch chemistry The HPR-Micro Reactor is a high-pressure reactor specifically designed for… A solid-state relay with fast release times and little noise The RV8S solid-state interface relay boasts a compact 6-mm footprint,… High-capacity twin-screw pumps provide smooth, pulseless flow The 3P Pera Prinz Twin Screw Pumps (photo) are suitable… Improve ergonomics with these vertical work positioners This company’s line of hydraulic and pneumatic work positioners keep… Achieve vapor-pressure testing for up to 12 samples in one run The newly introduced RUN12 Auto Sampler can achieve rapid and… PAT portfolio extended with sensors for flowrate measurement This company has entered into a global development cooperation agreement… A new ultrasonic flowmeter for superheated steam The Optisonic 8300 is a dedicated ultrasonic flowmeter for the… Measure lubricating-oil viscosity with extremely small samples The new microVISC-m viscometer is designed to simplify daily or… Precision gas-control for harsh environments Employing new materials produced in a proprietary process, the LumiShield… These interlocks withstand temperatures over 1,800°F In recent tests, the GL and QL interlocks withstood temperatures… Introducing pH sensors that are able to learn Not knowing when pH sensors will require maintenance or if… Use these ribbed burst panels in vacuum conditions This newly launched ribbed bursting panel ensures that safe operations… A new plasticizer for phthalate-free solutions in PVC With a key plasticizer, dioctyl phthalate (DOP), no longer permitted… Enhance HDPE performance with this nucleating agent Hyperform HPN 210 M is a nucleating agent used with… Robot-assisted measurements of surface free-energy At the Hannover trade fair last month, this company introduced… Latest software release builds on existing capabilities The latest release of Diagrams software was introduced in March.… This new thermowell design prevents vibration For applications in processes with high flowrates, this company is… Faster startup times with these graphic terminals The new Allen-Bradley PanelView 800 family of graphic terminals is… A heavy fuel viscosity meter for demanding applications The Micro Motion Heavy Fuel Viscosity Meter (HFVM) Viscomaster is… Enhanced software for ERP document management This provider of enterprise-class document management and workflow solutions recently… Miniature thermometer for sterile processes gets Ex approvals The TR21 miniature resistance thermometer is currently the only instrument… The introduction of a new vibration analyzer VibXpert Ultra is a new generation four-channel FFT (fast Fourier… A compact liquid flowmeter for industrial applications The new SLS-1500 liquid flowmeter delivers fast and precise measurements… High-performance safety relays are only 6-mm wide The new PSRmini safety modules (photo) are said to be… SHOW PREVIEWS Achema 2015 Show Preview Achema 2015 — the 31 st world forum for the…
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