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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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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… Mechanochemistry performs cross-coupling reactions Palladium-catalyzed cross-coupling reactions are one of the most powerful and… 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… 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… 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…
EDITOR'S PAGE Starting strong Last month, the American Chemistry Council (ACC; www.americanchemistry.com) issued its… COVER STORY The Road to Commercialization: Best Practices Experts share their best practices in process commercialization Every day,… IN THE NEWS NEWSFRONTS Pressure Measurement Gets Rugged, Goes Digital Innovations place more robust instruments in demanding applications and enable… CHEMENTATOR
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Making ethylene by artificial photosynthesis A team from the National University of Singapore (www.nus.edu.sg) led… A step closer for graphene-coated anodes A new collaboration between PPG (Pittsburgh, Pa.; www.ppg.com), SiNode Systems… Foam dyeing process cuts water and chemicals in denim production Foam dyeing, a new technology for dyeing cotton yarn that… Enhancing the stability of perovskite solar cells Perovskite solar cells have attracted much interest in the past… Testing tide power A counter-rotating propeller technology that is being developed to harness… A promising zeolite for ethylene separation Scientists from ExxonMobil (Irving, Tex.; www.exxonmobil.com) and the Institute of… Chementator Briefs 3-D Printing At the 3-D printing tradeshow Formnext in November,… Ceramic-membrane technology simplifies steam methane reforming A new type of steam-reforming system that produces — in… Microbe-impregnated matrices reduce biosolids in wastewater High-surface-area beads filled with microbes are being used to reduce… Waste coffee grounds are used to make biodiesel blend A biodiesel fuel blend known as B20 contains oils derived… A photocatalyst for reducing CO2 to CH4 Photocatalytic reduction of CO2 into a fuel is an attractive… BUSINESS NEWS January 2018 Business News Plant Watch Covestro invests in debottlenecking and chlorine supply at… TECHNICAL & PRACTICAL FEATURE REPORT Process Commercialization: The 2017 Kirkpatrick Chemical Engineering Achievement Award The path to commercialization can be long and arduous, which… Pump Sizing and Selection Made Easy Viscosity, power consumption, commercial availability and lifecycle cost analysis are… FACTS AT YOUR FINGERTIPS Facts at your Fingertips: High-Shear Mixing High-shear, high-speed mixing equipment supplies the mechanical energy necessary to… TECHNOLOGY PROFILE Technology Profile: Activated Carbon Production This column is based on “Activated Carbon Production Process –… ENGINEERING PRACTICE Operating Strategies for Gas Dehydration Units The presence of certain contaminants can wreak havoc on gas… ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGER Enclosed Combustion Equipment and Technology A thorough understanding of enclosed combustion technologies will help engineers… YOU AND YOUR JOB Career Guidelines for Young Engineers A senior engineer reflects on his career and shares his… EQUIPMENT & SERVICES FOCUS Bulk-Solids Handling Hoppers promote effective flow of challenging materials The Live Bin… NEW PRODUCTS
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Enhanced version of a network-based control system Scheduled for release this quarter, this enhanced version of the… A new electronics unit for flowmeters The KRAL Smart Solution (photo) is a compact electronic unit… Counter costs of metal corrosion with this technology This company’s Vapor-phase Corrosion Inhibitor (VpCI) Technology turns basic packaging… This ribbon mixer features novel trough geometry The Gardner HE Series of U-trough ribbon mixers (photo) has… Simulation-based operator training for separators SmartSIM (photo) is a sophisticated solution for efficient implementation of… A valve island with monitoring and diagnostic functions The AirLINE Type 8562 (photo) is a new valve island… Monitor equipment health with this wireless sensor Vibration screening is one of the most effective ways to… The launch of a new cloud-based safety solution With this company’s cloud-based solutions, status information on standard and… Simulation for faster commissioning and training This company has upgraded its Simit simulation platform for virtual… New versions of data-analytics software launched SIMCA is an advanced data analytics and visualization program (photo)… These flowmeters have been updated for sterile processes Proline 300 Coriolis and electromagnetic flow instruments (photo) have been… This fluid-monitoring platform is smart The Crixus Fluid Monitoring Platform (photo) is a fluid-cleanliness management… New knife gate valve for mid-service mining applications The new Clarkson SU10R polyurethane knife gate valve for mid-service… An online portal for corrosion management best practices Impact Plus is a new platform designed to benchmark best… Identifying licensees for new inventions just became automated Licensee Locator is an analysis tool that enables users to… High-tech compounds resist explosive decompression Elastomer seals that are used in valves, pipelines, fittings or… Protective venting for potentially explosive atmospheres The PolyVent Ex+ (photo) is the newest addition to this…
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