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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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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… 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… 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… 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… 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…
EDITOR'S PAGE Communicating in acronyms Language evolves. As the needs of the users change, language… COVER STORY Reliable Operation and Sealing of Agitators Mechanical seals, as required by most vessel agitators, are systems… Mixers: Four Innovations Worth a Closer Look Many factors can impact the success of mixing in chemical… IN THE NEWS NEWSFRONTS Cybersecurity: Protecting Your Industrial Control System A holistic and proactive approach to cybersecurity can help protect… New Developments Take Shape for U.S. Refiners Process safety strategies, water use and alkylation technology were among… CHEMENTATOR
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Chementator Briefs Biomass to sugar Plans are underway to build a commercial-scale… Natural film for food packaging A novel food-packaging material that is free from chemical additives… Microbes make a meal of PET Research groups at Keio University (Hiyoshi; www.bio.keio.ac.jp/labs/kmiyamoto) and Kyoto Institute… Design-of-experiments approach optimizes metal-grinding fluids A design-of-experiments (DoE) approach has resulted in better-performing fluids for… Extremophilic algae selectively recovers precious metals from solution The research group of Ayumi Minoda at the University of… Making PLGA by one-step fermentation A Korean team, headed by professor Sang Yup Lee of… Syngas-to-lipids process demonstrated Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT; Cambridge, Mass.;… Making complex silicone parts by 3-D printing The field of additive manufacturing (AM) — often referred to… A joint effort to enable the production of sulfur-enhanced urea at large scale Shell Thiogro (www.shell.com/sulphur/thiogro) and Uhde Fertilizer Technologies (UFT; www. uhde-fertilizer-technology.com),… A patent granted for this self-diagnostic technology used in boilers The Clark-Reliance Corp. (Strongsville, Ohio; www.clark-reliance.com) has been awarded a… BUSINESS NEWS Business News Plant Watch TCV begins construction of new liquid polybutadiene plant… TECHNICAL & PRACTICAL FEATURE REPORT Integrated Risk-Management Matrices An overview of the tools available to reliability professionals for… Reliability and Maintenance: Performance Trends of Top Performers in the CPI Focusing on a ‘reliability culture,’ mechanical availability and optimum costs… FACTS AT YOUR FINGERTIPS Insulating Heat-Transfer-Fluid Piping Heat-transfer-fluid (HTF) system piping is insulated to reduce heat loss… TECHNOLOGY PROFILE Styrene-Butadiene Rubber Production By Intratec Solutions This column is based on “Styrene-Butadiene Rubber Production: Cost Analysis,”… SOLIDS PROCESSING NFPA 652: Standardizing Combustible Dust Standards The latest NFPA standard applies to many industry sectors, and… ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGER Monitoring Flame Hazards In Chemical Plants The numerous flame sources in CPI facilities necessitate the installation… EQUIPMENT & SERVICES FOCUS Focus: Pipes, Tubes and Fittings Antimicrobial tubing reduces the risk of bacterial transfer Clearflo Ag-47… NEW PRODUCTS
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A smart capacitance sensor for level control The Advanced SmartLevel capacitive sensor (photo) combines standard capacitive sensing… Mixing, coating and drying with high-performance mixers When surfaces of inorganic components have to be homogeneously and… A sanitary cone mill for sticky, fragile materials The Model CM540 Sanitary Cone Mill (photo) delivers gentle, low-energy… Tableting technology debuts in North America This company’s “next-generation” tableting technology will be showcased at Interphex… Safe combustible-dust explosion isolation with this system Tanks, silos and equipment are usually connected by pipelines through… Detect thunderstorms well before the first lightning strikes For many manufacturing facilities, thunderstorms can play a significant role… Monitor dust levels in the workplace with this unit Fidas Frog (photo) is a new fine dust aerosol spectrometer… Metering pumps with brass manifolds and Aflas diaphragms Since March, the Hydra-Cell Metering Solutions pumps (photo) are available… Gloves for abrasion protection without sacrificing dexterity The SmartCut BKCR3520 (photo) is an ANSI Cut Level 3… Customized process vessels and mixing systems This company’s pressure vessels and integrated mixing/processing systems (photo) are… This level bob has a Teflon coating The Teflon-coated spike bob (photo) is an optional SmartBob probe… This drum dumper is dust tight A new Tip-Tite Mobile Drum Dumper (photo) allows dust-free transfer… A new flowmeter with entrained-gas management and more The Optimass 6400 is said to be the… Radar measurement with 79 GHz technology The Micropilot NMR81 (photo) utilizes 79 GHz technology to generate… Realtime monitoring of water-solvent drying This company has demonstrated that tunable diode-laser absorption spectroscopy (TDLAS)… This high-speed separator also discharges quietly The AC separator (photo) is said to reach far higher… A peristaltic pump for metering and transfer applications The new 530 peristaltic cased pump (photo) handles metering and… Laboratory dryer simulates production steps The fully equipped laboratory dryer BS-miniDRY (photo) has a mobile… Measure process temperatures without a thermowell The Rosemount X-well Technology (photo) is a surface-sensing temperature-measurement solution… A metering pump for low-pressure ranges The Ecodos diaphragm metering pump (photo) is mechanically driven, rather… SHOW PREVIEWS IFAT Show Preview More than 3,000 exhibitors are projected to participate in IFAT…
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