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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 Winning for ‘green chemistry’ Each year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA; Washington, D.C.;… IN THE NEWS NEWSFRONTS Feeding and Conveying: Keeping Solids Moving Updated feeding and conveying products help improve product flow When… Pigments: Going Beyond Black and White Advanced materials and sustainability efforts are driving the evolution of… CHEMENTATOR
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Chementator Briefs Modified yeast Researchers at the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI; Emeryville,… This paper has antibacterial activity The main mineral component of our bones and teeth —… Highly selective rare-earth separation using bacteria filters Mixtures of rare-earth metals (REMs) are notoriously difficult to separate,… Pilot trials completed for a new substitute-natural-gas process Last month, Clariant AG (Muttenz, Switzerland; www.clariant.com) said that the… Scaleup for a new P-recovery process Last month, AVA-CO2 AG (Zug, Switzerland; www.ava-co2.com) started up a… Converting PE waste into liquid fuels and waxes Each year, a large amount of plastic waste is generated,… Dow validates recyclable polyethylene packaging that performs as barrier The Dow Chemical Co. (Midland, Mich.; www.dow.com) recently announced that… H2S scrubbing process regenerates reagent, produces sulfur An innovative H2S-scrubbing process employs iron particles to catalyze reactions… Janus cube: A new, economical way to synthesize 'two-faced' organosilicons Professor Masafumi Unno and colleagues at Gunma University (Kiryu City,… CO2-free ethanol production from lignocellulose The research group of professor Shiro Saka at the Dept.… BUSINESS NEWS Business News Plant Watch Dow technology selected for new MEGlobal production facility… TECHNICAL & PRACTICAL FEATURE REPORT Managing SIS Process Measurement Risk and Cost With a focus on flowmeters, this article shows how advances… Microreactors: Lessons Learned From Industrial Applications Implementing microreactors in chemical production is quite a challenge. How… FACTS AT YOUR FINGERTIPS Distillation Column Design Factors Distillation is a critical separation tool for many applications in… TECHNOLOGY PROFILE Chlorine Production from NaCl (Chlor-Alkali) This column is based on “Chlorine Production from Sodium Chloride… ENGINEERING PRACTICE The Benefits Of Two-Stage Drying Circular fluidized-bed dryers can boost the capacity, energy efficiency and… ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGER Air-Pollution Control: Assessing the Options Compliance with air-pollution regulations requires ongoing effort. Follow these recommendations… EQUIPMENT & SERVICES FOCUS Focus on Valves Rotary valve controls the flow of powders and granules The… NEW PRODUCTS
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A new variable-speed gear for lower speed ranges The Vorecon variable-speed planetary gear provides speed control with maximum… Sanitary rupture discs available in Hastelloy construction The Axius SC Sanitary Rupture Disc, specifically designed for the… Tank cleaning capacityis expanded in Krems Operators of tanker and tank-container fleets now have access to… A smart pH sensor available in PVDF construction The PH10 is a smart pH sensor and transmitter that… This mechanical discharge system is very flexible The ADM type Kokeisl mechanical discharge and dosing module is… This PLC securely integrates devices from multiple vendors The recently launched ControlEdge programmable logic controller (PLC; photo), when… Save energy with passive aeration wastewater treatment This company’s flat-sheet Membrane Aerated Biofilm Reactors (MABR; photo) provide… A valve manifold with zoned safety capabilities The Numatics 503 Series valve manifold (photo) enables end users… A new filter range for conveying systems The new, ultra-fine secondary air-filter range (photo) is designed for… This segment coupler provides speed on Profibus DP With the basic segment coupler (photo) — the successor to… Total screen rotation simplifies this mill’s inspection MK-3 centrifugal mill sifters (photo) include a new basket design… Reduce investment and operating costs with pneumatics Water supply company Landeswasserversorgung (Stuttgart, Germany) employed this company’s pneumatic… New models of metal-sealed internal-gear pumps This company’s G Series of metal-sealed internal-gear pumps has been… Comprehensive materials data for corrosion prevention The Dechema Materials Table (Dechema-Werkstoff-Tabelle; DWT) is now available as… Automated sample handling for particle analysis data The FlowCam ALH automated liquid-handling system (photo) automatically processes up… Measure viscosity over a wide temperature range The VROC initium automatic viscometer (photo) measures absolute viscosity as… These hygienic pumps are easy to clean and quick to strip The range of CSF CS, CSA and CSM centrifugal pumps… Monitor debris in hydraulic and lubrication systems This company’s new oil-debris sensor (photo) offers continuous, realtime monitoring… New wirelessly monitored storage-tank emergency vents The new wirelessly monitored Enardo 2000 emergency pressure-relief vents (EPRVs;… Inspect this pump without disturbing piping layout The Model 1400LF low-flow centrifugal pump (photo) can handle flowrates… This modular mini-bioreactor system has scaleup potential The new ambr 250 modular system (photo) is an innovative… Stainless-steel local control stations can be designed online After this company created the possibility to design GRP (glass-reinforced…
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