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Hazards of Oil Refining Distillation Units — Stanley S. Grossel’s review

Hazards of Oil Refining Distillation Units. By BP International Ltd. (BP Process Safety Series). Institution of Chemical Engineers, Davis Building, Railway Terrace, Rugby CV21 3HQ, U.K. Web: icheme.org. 2008. 81 pages, £27. Reviewed by Stanley S. Grossel, Process Safety &…

Heinz Bloch reviews “Operator’s Guide to Centrifugal Pumps”

Operator’s Guide to Centrifugal Pumps. By Robert X. Perez. Xlibris Corp. 436 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19101. Web: xlibris.com. 2008. 196 pages. $50.99. Reviewed by Heinz P. Bloch, Process Machinery Consulting, West Des Moines, Iowa It is important for reliability…

Using Web 2.0 Tools to Increase Your Productivity

Web 2.0 developments can improve an engineer’s productivity at work, as well as his or her professional development Since it was opened to commercial content in the early 1990s, the internet has become a ubiquitous repository of knowledge. Its open…

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Patent Savvy for Managers. By Kirk Teska. Nolo, 950 Parker St., Berkeley, CA 94710-2524. Web: nolo.com. 2007. 278 pages, $29.99 Reviewed by Charles R. Richard, Patent Attorney, Washington, D.C. crobrich@yahoo.com The book I am reviewing here is one in a…

CE Crossword: December Crossword

This puzzle is primarily based on information from this and the October issues. Across 1. Fluid controls 5. Aka Teflon 8. ___ point, upon cooling a vapor mixture, this is the point at which droplets of liquid first appear 10.…

Newsfront: 2008 Salary Report

The past decade has been a volatile period for chemical engineers in the workforce. The late 1990s was a booming time in the chemical process industries (CPI), with salary increases greater than ever and an unprecedented demand for Ch.E. expertise.…

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Ludwig’s Applied Process Design for Chemical and Petrochemical Plants Volume 1, Fourth edition. By A. Kayode Coker. Elsevier, 30 Corporate Drive, Suite 400, Burlington, MA 01803. Web: elsevier.com. 1,024 pages, $150.00 Reviewed by Philip Leckner, Senior Process Engineer, CH2M Hill,…

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Machinery Failure Analysis Handbook: Sustain Your Operations and Maximize Uptime, by Luiz Otavio Amaral Affonso, Gulf Publishing Company, 2 Greenway Plaza, Suite 1020, Houston, TX 77046. Web: gulfpub.com. 2006. 300 pages. $155.00. Reviewed by Mike Safoniuk, British Colombia Institute of…

You & Your Job: Employee Development: Getting the Information You Need Through a 360° Feedback Report  

  A 360° feedback report is a way for employees to learn how they are perceived by direct reports, colleagues, managers, customers, and strategic business partners — hence the term 360° because it generates a "full circle" of information concerning…

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Project Management Toolkit: The Basics for Project Success. Second edition. By Dr. Trish Melton. Elsevier Butterworth-Heinemann, 30 Corporate Drive, Burlington, MA 01803. Web: books.elsevier.com. 2007. 286 pages, $49.95. Reviewed by Paul E. Shaltry, PMP, Catalyst Management Consulting LLC, Columbus, Ohio…