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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…
Impressions of Achema I first visited Achema some years ago, while I was… COVER STORY Effective Agitator Operation and Maintenance Agitators play key roles in chemical processing. Their proper operation… IN THE NEWS NEWSFRONTS Achema 2018 Review Sustainability, digitalization and flexible production approaches emerged as major themes… A Closer Look at Pressure Relief Understanding how to size and select pressure-relief devices is key… CHEMENTATOR
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A push to upgrade naphthas into petrochemicals Last month, MOL Group (Budapest, Hungary: www.mol.hu) entered into a… Fuel-cell solution lowers operating costs using nanostructured catalysts The two main barriers to widespread use of fuel cells… The commercial launch of 3-D-printed membranes Last month, Nano Sun, a water technology start-up founded by… New LEDs offer improved properties Flexible micro light-emitting diodes (LEDs) — a sub-100-µm light source… Chementator Briefs TPA from PET bottles A chemical method previously developed for… Vacuum-aided membrane distillation results in ultra-pure water At Achema 2018 (June 11–15; Frankfurt am Main, Germany), EvCon… Australian minerals shipped to South Korea Battery metals producer Australian Mines (Perth, Western Australia; www.australianmines.com.au) is… Low-cost solar thermal technology to be coupled with energy storage Sunvapor Inc. (Livermore, Calif.; www.sunvapor.net) was awarded a grant from… Advanced water electrolysis launched Last month, thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions AG (Dortmund, Germany; www.thyssenkrupp-industrial-solutions.com) launched… BUSINESS NEWS Plant Watch: Business News for August 2018 Plant Watch BASF to expand global antioxidant production capacities July… TECHNICAL & PRACTICAL Selection of Silos for Bulk Storage To determine what kind of storage silo is best for… FEATURE REPORT Integrity of Aging Assets: Using Corrosion Data to Stave Off Extinction Petroleum refineries built in the 1960s and 1970s have trouble… PVDF: A Fluoropolymer for Chemical Challenges When it comes to selecting materials of construction, keep in… FACTS AT YOUR FINGERTIPS Maintaining heat-transfer-fluid quality Effective and efficient process operation requires reliable temperature control. This… TECHNOLOGY PROFILE Technology Profile: Ethylene Dichloride Production This column is based on “Ethylene Dichloride from Ethylene and… ENGINEERING PRACTICE Get the Most Out of an Owner-Contractor Alliance This article provides guidance for setting up a robust alliance… EQUIPMENT & SERVICES FOCUS Focus on Software Software enables interactive analytics on collected data This company recently… NEW PRODUCTS
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SIL3 certification for this diagnostic controller The partial-stroke function of the EHPC210 diagnostic controller (photo) is… New and flexible solutions for coarse grinding The multi-purpose crusher MPC 150 (photo) offers three common grinding… Improved packaging efficiency through smart monitoring The Quattro monitoring system (photo) delivers performance data, reports deviating… A new membrane for natural gas processing Sepuran NG (photo) is a hollow-fiber membrane based on a… A new series of Atex-certified gas compressors New K Series gas compressors (photo) provide a rotary-vane solution… Digitalized pneumatics replace components with apps The new pneumatic Motion Terminal VTEM (photo) features applications (apps)… These belt feeders have a new hygienic redesign This company has completely re-designed its weigh-belt feeder to be… Inline measurement of liquid concentration and density This company’s Platform 4 digital process refractometer system (photo) consists… Identify chemicals anywhere with this handheld Raman analyzer TacticID-1064 is a new handheld Raman analyzer for realtime identification… Combining high-shear granulation with a fluid-bed dryer The patent-pending TwinPro system (photo) unites two previously separate processes… Gas-insulated switchgear for applications up to 38 kV The CBGS-0 is a gas-insulated switchgear with a solid dielectric… Separate dry particles by size using less water This company has introduced a line of classifier systems (photo)… Graphite rupture discs provide long temperature resistance The GRX graphite rupture disc (photo) has been developed for… Radar level measurement for smaller process connections The Pulsar Model R86 non-contact radar transmitter (photo) provides level-measurement… IP65- and IP66-protected HMI devices for monitoring and control This company has extended its family of all-around protected HMI… A large rotary lobe pump for sensitive products This company is expanding its Novalobe pump range with the…
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