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EDITOR'S PAGE Advances in data analytics and robots It seems that not all that long ago, terms like… COVER STORY Data Analytics: Creating An Analytics-Enabled Workforce New self-service data analytics tools allow plants to create an… Advanced Analytics: Accelerating Insights for Engineers The surge in data volumes within the chemical process industries… IN THE NEWS NEWSFRONTS Building a Better Liquid-Dosing System Modernized pumps and advanced controls improve accuracy and repeatability of… Robots Enter the CPI Long used for discrete manufacturing, robots are now making their… CHEMENTATOR
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Engineered microbes convert C1 feedstocks into longer-chain chemicals Researchers at the University of South Florida (USF; Tampa, Fla.;… Making solar steam and salts from brine A low-cost “green” technology for water desalination and zero liquid… Products from natural gas Linde Engineering (Pullach, Germany; www.linde-engineering.com) has developed a process to… Chementator Briefs Carbyne transfer Marcos G. Suero and his research group at… Incorporating nanoparticles into polymer melts Because of their large surface area per unit mass, nanoparticles… Collaborative wastewater project points the way to improved phosphorus removal Removal of phosphorus and other nutrients from wastewater is critical… Underground oxidation of hydrocarbons and gas separation yields hydrogen A process for in-situ oxidation of hydrocarbons in low-quality oilfields,… Reduction of carbon dioxide to methane Electrochemical reduction of carbon dioxide to hydrocarbons and oxygenates on… Multi-state switchable stationary phase for chiral separation High-pressure liquid chromatography (HPLC) using a chiral stationary phase (CSP)… Ionic liquids enable lower-cost desalination with forward osmosis Membrane-based forward osmosis (FO) desalination could be a lower-cost alternative… BUSINESS NEWS October 2019 Plant Watch Plant Watch Total-Corbion JV inaugurates PLA bioplastics plant in Thailand… TECHNICAL & PRACTICAL FEATURE REPORT Pump Sealing for Hazardous Chemicals Pumping hazardous chemicals requires specific shaft-sealing technologies to ensure containment… Seal Selection: Ensure Regulator Performance in Low-Temperature Applications In low-temperature conditions, the use of compatible sealing materials is… FACTS AT YOUR FINGERTIPS Facts at your Fingertips: Safety Instrumented Systems and Risk Within the chemical process industries (CPI), the need to design… TECHNOLOGY PROFILE Technology Profile: Production of 2-propylheptanol This column is based on “2-Propylheptanol Production Process - Cost… SOLIDS PROCESSING Air Movers for Dilute-Phase Pneumatic Conveying Selecting the best air mover for a bulk-solids pneumatic-conveying application… EQUIPMENT & SERVICES FOCUS Focus on Maintenance Tools Wireless condition monitoring for rotating machinery Last month, this company… NEW PRODUCTS
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A new, flexible safety system simplifies plant modernization The new, flexible and scalable HIQuad X (photo) safety system… Thermal transfer printers for industrial applications The new generation of thermal transfer printers (photo) produce high-quality… This compact air filter is highly energy efficient The Aircube Eco 4V ePM1 60% compact air filter (photo)… A new explosion-proof motor for hazardous locations The new EXP-MTR-1P-115.230-2HP-3.6K-56HC fractional explosion-proof motor (photo) is rated for… This valve sensing-and-control unit has been re-engineered The second-generation ThinkTop V50 and V70 control units have been… This machinery protection system has SIL-2 certification The VC-8000 Setpoint machinery-protection system (photo) has received SIL-2 certification,… Automated viscometer performs high-throughput analysis The automatic VROC initium Model II viscometer (photo) is now… This mixer features built-in powder-induction technology VersaMix multi-shaft mixers (photo) incorporate a proprietary powder-induction feature for… Double-sided escape route luminaires for Zone 1 The new LED light fixture (luminaire) for escape-path-marker signs (photo)… SHOW PREVIEWS K Show Preview K 2019, known as “The World’s No. 1 Trade Fair…
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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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… 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… 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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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… 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…
A paper that looks at how the earlier PTA production method involving a multi-stage process with pressure and atmospheric centrifuges and a re-slurry tank can be replaced with one stand-alone device – the rotary pressure filter (RPF).
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