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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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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… 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… 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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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)… 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… SHOW PREVIEWS K Show Preview K 2019, known as “The World’s No. 1 Trade Fair…
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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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… CO2 scrubber supplies raw material for oxalic acid production A novel carbon-capture project at Michigan Technical University (MTU; Houghton,… 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… 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… 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…
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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