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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 Targeting clean energy Last month, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the approval… COVER STORY Advantages Gained in Automating Industrial Wastewater Treatment Plants Process monitoring and automation can improve efficiencies in wastewater treatment… Challenges of Handling Filamentous and Viscous Wastewater Sludge Excessive growth of filaments and biopolymers in activated sludge should… IN THE NEWS NEWSFRONTS Redox Flow Batteries Charge Forward Developments in redox flow batteries are moving at a tremendous… Mobile Apps for Increasing Process Efficiency Industrial mobile apps help chemical processors overcome process, maintenance and… Emerging Applications for Traditional Dryers Traditional classes of drying equipment are being adapted for use… CHEMENTATOR
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New process for cyclohexasilane offers lower cost and improved safety A newly developed process for manufacturing cyclohexasilane (CHS; Si6H12) offers… A smart adhesive that 'turns on' at body temperature Scientists from the Korea Institute of Science and Technology (Seoul;… Chementator Briefs Li-ion batteries Over the course of several battery charge/discharge cycles,… A process to treat tight emulsions and intractable oily wastes Spent invert drilling fluids, slop oil, rag layers, and tank… CO2 in biomass pre-treatment Ionic liquids are being investigated as a way to break… Hybrid 3-D-printing process optimizes performance, cost for aerospace parts Alcoa Inc. (Pittsburgh, Pa.; www.alcoa.com) has developed a hybrid technique,… Environmentally safe oil-sands extraction Processing oil sands is a mechanically intense process that involves… This electrochemical cell sequesters CO2 and generates electricity Researchers from Cornell University (Ithaca, N.Y.; www.cornell.edu) have developed an… Recover chemicals from sugarcane bagasse using the half the energy Last month, the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization… BUSINESS NEWS Business News Sept. 2016 Plant Watch Cepsa to build new m-xylene unit under supply… TECHNICAL & PRACTICAL FEATURE REPORT Magnetically Coupled Pumps: Structure, Function and Best Practice Understanding pump internals, especially the various sealing and coupling arrangements,… AODD Pumps in Chemical Processes Advancements in efficiency and the ability to handle a wide… FACTS AT YOUR FINGERTIPS pH Measurement in Industrial Waters Determination of pH is a critical and ubiquitous operation whenever… TECHNOLOGY PROFILE Terephthalic Acid Production from p-Xylene This column is based on “Terephthalic Acid Production from p-Xylene… ENGINEERING PRACTICE Design of Experiments (DoE):How to Handle Hard-to-Change Factors Using a Split Plot This methodology facilitates multifactor testing. However, it comes at a… EQUIPMENT & SERVICES FOCUS Performance Additives and Specialty Materials Waterborne polyurethane brings functionality to textiles Waterborne polyurethane coatings (photo)… NEW PRODUCTS
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This solidification absorbent streamlines transport and storage Absorb-&-Lock Liquid Solidification Absorbent (photo) is designed to stabilize and… A new name for new and refurbished IBCs This company’s Ecobulk intermediate bulk containers (IBCs) have been widely… Valves fail closed with this mechanical interlock system The Inflatable Seal Mechanical Interlock system for the Roto-Flate spherical… A new generation of liquid-concentration analyzers The new LiquiSonic V10 (photo) is an inline analytical solution… A level-monitoring probe with an integrated temperature sensor The Sentinel Float Stick System (photo) serves as a wireless-communication… These gloves provide protection in three complex layers The SmartShell BKCR4599 heavy-duty protective glove (photo) provides ANSI Level… Suppress dust and spills with these cleanup units The VHSC range (photo) of standalone or integrated dust collectors… Higher blower efficiency for aeration tanks More than 70% of operating costs of a wastewater treatment… A dust collector with an energy-saving cleaning system Requiring no integrated plant air to function, the MCF… These membrane modules are now available in PVDF or PES The new T-CUT tubular modules (photo) with membranes made from… Expansion joints now certified for handling potable water This company’s line of EPDM (ethylene propylene diene monomer) spool-type… Stop liquid leaks with this emergency pipe-repair kit This company has developed a kit that can be used… Stainless-steel mixers designed for hygienic applications The Lightnin SSi (stainless-steel inline; photo) and SSO (stainless-steel offset)… Continuously analyze up to 12 gases simultaneously The Rosemount CT5400 continuous gas analyzer (photo) combines tunable diode… Walk-in fume hoods for distillation processes The UniMax series of floor-mount fume hoods (photo) includes a… Market introduction of a new CPVC welding rod Key technologies for connecting semi-finished products in both pure thermoplastics… Eliminate waterhammer with this descaling poppet valve This company’s new proportional poppet valve (photo) for descaling applications… This bimetal thermometer is now qualified for –70°C This company has extended the range of its model 55… SHOW PREVIEWS WEFTEC Show Preview Presented by The Water Environment Federation (Alexandria, Va.; www.wef.org), the… DEPARTMENTS LETTERS Letters, postscripts and corrections Communicating in acronyms I finally got around to reading the…
Silica in boiler feedwater can lead to unplanned shutdowns and extra maintenance. A major Spanish fertilizer producer has switched to a METTLER TOLEDO silica analyzer. Discover the benefits of this change.
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