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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…
Keeping up with automation Last month, news broadcasts announced that an artificial intelligence (AI)… COVER STORY Recent Air Regulations: Impact on Turnaround Vapor Deinventory Strategies With the onset of new environmental regulations, turnaround teams must… Energy Recovery in Compressed Air Systems Users of compressed air can take advantage of heat recovery… IN THE NEWS NEWSFRONTS Economy and Opportunity Drive High CPI Salaries Amid a tight labor market, CPI workers at all levels… Modern Simulation Tools: Expanding Applications New user-friendly solutions help chemical processors tackle tasks beyond design… CHEMENTATOR
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Advanced facility accelerates commercial development of nanoscale materials Flame-spray pyrolysis (FSP) is a type of aerosol synthesis in… A solar-powered electrolysis process extracts lithium from seawater Today, all commercial lithium is sourced from ores or brines… New process taps into lithium-bearing micas The increased demand for lithium in recent years — driven… Chementator Briefs Commercial Debut The world’s first commercial plant based on the… Microwave-plasma platform engineers solid-material properties A new production process for engineering a range of nano-… Progress toward using ammonia as a hydrogen carrier for fuel cells In order for ammonia to serve as a hydrogen carrier,… Carbon-free power: Ammonia synthesized from renewable power and hydrogen A collaboration between JGC Corp. (JGC, Yokohama, Japan; www.jgc.com), the… MOF-coated mesh membranes separate oil from water Current oil-water separation technologies, such as centrifugation, filtration, dissolved air… Mechanically strong aerogels get closer to commercialization Aerogels — ultralight, insulating and heat-resistant nanoporous solids — offer… BUSINESS NEWS Plant Watch: Business News for Dec. 2018 Plant Watch Synthomer opens expanded nitrile latex production facility in… TECHNICAL & PRACTICAL A Shortcut to Optimize Pipe Diameters by Economic Criteria This methodology can be used not only for laminar flow,… FEATURE REPORT Pitfalls to Avoid When Generating Cost Estimates The pitfalls in cost estimating that cause project overruns have… FACTS AT YOUR FINGERTIPS Facts at your Fingertips: Distillation Computer-generated simulations of distillation processes are often validated experimentally. This… TECHNOLOGY PROFILE Technology Profile: Polychloroprene Production This column is based on the report “Polychloroprene Production –… ENGINEERING PRACTICE Recommended Fluid Velocities in Pipelines The recommended velocities for fluids’ transportation must be updated periodically… Engineering & Construction (E&C): Modeling Integration Enables Optimized Execution As E&C companies strive to develop Building Information Modeling (BIM)… EQUIPMENT & SERVICES FOCUS Focus on Packaging and Transportation Self-adhesive pipe labels improve workplace safety ANSI/ASME A13.1 recommends the… NEW PRODUCTS
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Effective field calibration for force-measuring equipment This company has introduced two new portable calibration machines (photo)… Smart lockout-tagout adds another layer of security This company now offers Virtual Lockout-Tagout (vLOTO) capabilities with its… Readily integrate ERP systems with this asset performance manager AllAssets is a new software-as-a-service (SAAS) platform for asset performance… Safely store acids with these dedicated cabinets This company’s acid storage cabinets (photo) are specifically designed for… Patented technology for precise position detection The new PMI F90 inductive positioning system (photo) works with… Smart actuation for control valves in extreme environments SEVA electric valve actuators (photo) feature a microprocessor-controlled linear stepper… This data manager has extensive communications capabilities The Memograph M RSG45 advanced data manager DIN rail version… Quickly contain leaking flanges and valves The Xtreme Shell (photo) provides fast containment of a leaking… Achieve faster temperature calibration The Jofra CTC-1205 compact temperature calibrator (photo) covers a temperature… These drives now feature an extended power range This company has expanded the power ranges and capabilities of… New scales connect easily to enterprise networks This company has designed a new version of its E-Scale… An all-in-one water meter for remote locations Waterflux 3070 (photo) is said to be the first water… Non-contacting RVDT sensors are shock and vibration resistant The RV Series of rotary variable differential transformer (RVDT) position… Miniature solenoid valves for critical fluid control The LFV Series 8000 two-way inert solenoid valve (photo) is… Safely lift steel, fiber and plastic drums The HCB hoist attachment (photo) is designed to handle all…
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