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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 Nicholas Chopey Scholarship awarded Chemical Engineering has been a leading source for technology and… COVER STORY Modern Rupture Discs Support Increased Plant Capacity The use of today’s high-performance rupture disc designs can help… IN THE NEWS NEWSFRONTS Innovation and Demand Keeps Glass Industry Afloat Despite competition from many new players, the glassmaking sector is… New Ways to Deal With Old Heat-Transfer Issues New developments in heat exchangers solve common problems and enhance… CHEMENTATOR
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Chementator Briefs Cooling-tower motor A new electric motor for driving cooling-tower fans… A direct route for making polycarbonate from CO2 and diols A direct copolymerization of carbon dioxide and diols has been… Collaboration commercializing technology for reusing complex catalysts The manufacture of pharmaceuticals and many fine chemicals requires costly,… This handheld chemical analyzer connects to smartphones A new smartphone-operated portable chemical analyzer provides a platform for… Making motors intelligent At the Hannover trade fair (April 24–29; Hannover, Germany), ABB… Commercial launch for a hybrid wastewater-treatment process A hybrid process that combines micro-flotation and flat-sheet ceramic-membrane filtration… Sun and rain generate electricity in this solar cell An all-weather solar cell that generates electricity by both sunlight… Diamond-based electrodes allow handling of difficult-to-treat wastewaters A scaled-up version of an electrochemical cell with boron-doped diamond… Imitating cactus plants to improve membrane performance Regulation of water content in polymeric membranes is important in… The photocatalytic reduction of CO2 into CO Conversion of carbon dioxide into useful carbon sources, such as… BUSINESS NEWS Business News Plant Watch Ineos to build world-scale linear alpha-olefins unit in… TECHNICAL & PRACTICAL FEATURE REPORT An Up-Close Look at Electropositive Filtration Electropositive filters take advantage of surface-charge effects to filter nanometer-sized… FACTS AT YOUR FINGERTIPS Key Reactions for the Petrochemical Industry A handful of compounds derived from natural gas and crude… TECHNOLOGY PROFILE Precipitated Calcium Carbonate from Limestone This column is based on “Calcium Carbonate Production from Limestone:… ENGINEERING PRACTICE Rapid Prediction of Prandtl Number of Compressed Air Two methods are presented and compared for quickly calculating this… Vortex Breakers in Practice When vortex formation limits outflow from a tank, consider a… Field Troubleshooting 101 and How to Get the Job Done A major part of field work lies in troubleshooting problems:… EQUIPMENT & SERVICES FOCUS Sensors and Detectors Solid-state sensor protects machinery from shocks The AGLD Series Ground… NEW PRODUCTS
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An ultrasonic sensor for layer detection in a variety of materials The UD18-2 ultrasonic sensor for double layer and splice detection… Interconnect industrial software systems of all sizes The recently introduced Matrikon OPC Unified Architecture (OPC UA) Software… These limit switches require no batteries This company’s line of wireless limit switches (photo) feature an… An easily expandable wireless I/O system The new Multi-Point Wireless I/O system allows users to transfer… A single-use, stirred-tank bioreactor for scalable cell culture The Allegro STR 1000 single-use, 1,000-L stirred-tank reactor (photo) provides… All-new industrial thin client for virtualized HMI systems The BTC01 is a new standalone industrial-box thin client that… An aluminum version of this AODD pump is now available The HS430S Advanced FIT 1.5-in. high-pressure AODD pump is now… Use this software for steel and concrete structural designs The recently released Engineer 16 structural-design software features over 350… These low-emission burners produce less noise Developed with computational fluid dynamics (CFD), as well as practical… This process controller features advanced data logging The F4T version 3.0 temperature and process controller (photo) features… Perform wear tests onsite with this fully mobile mixer A mobile version of this company’s FKM 600 ploughshare mixer,… Weld-free coiled tubing in lengths exceeding 1,000 m This company has developed a method enabling the production of… Expanded throughput is available with these shredders The new generation of the XRipper twin-shaft shredder is designed… Metallic gear pumps with very few parts The Eclipse Series of metallic gear (photo) pumps features 12… New PE resins allow for faster film-production rates Developed through advanced catalyst technology and process research, Exceed XP… Portable balances that can be used in vapor-filled atmospheres The EK-EP Series of intrinsically safe compact balances (photo) are… Enhanced safety is among the upgrades to these pumps The newly upgraded mRoy line of metering pumps includes new… A cloud-based service for cylinder inventory This company has introduced a new cloud-based version of its… This transmitter software reduces process upsets Micro Motion Advanced Phase Measurement (APM; photo) is a software… New pulsation dampener design for AODD pumps This company has launched a new pulsation dampener designed specifically… Faster fluid management for biopharmacuticals Lynx CDR connectors allow efficient fluid management through sterile connection,…
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