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5 Best Practices to Achieve Cost Competitiveness in Commodity Chemicals
January 23, 2018

5 Best Practices to Achieve Cost Competitiveness in Commodity Chemicals

By Eric Kaufman, AspenTech
Right now, commodity chemical producers need to shift their focus from growth to improving cost competitiveness. These 5 best practices show how cost competitiveness can be mastered to help commodity chemicals producers achieve sustainable competitive differentiation.

The Inside Story: Visualizing Column Hydraulic Behavior and the Product Ecosystem
October 17, 2016

The Inside Story: Visualizing Column Hydraulic Behavior and the Product Ecosystem

By Jennifer Dyment, AspenTech
We all want the inside story. Greater visibility into asset performance can help chemical and energy companies gain a competitive edge. This article discusses how process engineers can quickly get to the root cause of operational issues and make informed decisions that impact the entire operation

The 'Great (DCS) Migration Project' at Emerald Kalama Chemical
May 11, 2016

The 'Great (DCS) Migration Project' at Emerald Kalama Chemical

By Daniel Visser, Istec International
The EKC "Great Migration Project' was started, with the help of Istec International and Yokogawa to replace an old DCS, during online process conditions.

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Developing a Model-Based Culture: Optimizing Chemical Production
May 09, 2016

Developing a Model-Based Culture: Optimizing Chemical Production

By Terumi Okano, AspenTech
This article discusses the focus of chemical companies on implementing operational efficiency measures, such as reducing energy and driving maximum throughput of plant assets, using a model-based approach

Getting the Most From Bulk Chemical Plants
April 01, 2016

Getting the Most From Bulk Chemical Plants

By Terumi Okano, Aspen Tech
Successful chemical manufacturers are now implementing advanced integrated software solutions to help them maintain production margins, improve product quality and continue to meet regulatory compliance.

Chemical Makers Embrace Virtualization
December 24, 2015

Chemical Makers Embrace Virtualization

Chemical Processing
By Seán Ottewell
Chemical makers are realizing real benefits from virtualization, an approach to automation that separates the physical and functional aspects of a control project into independent hardware and software activities.

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Robots, the Plastics Molder’s Best Friend
August 10, 2015

Robots, the Plastics Molder’s Best Friend

Robotics On Line
By Tanya M. Anandan
Robots are not new to plastics processing, but they’re certainly garnering more attention. A close look reveals traditional robot manufacturers like ABB, Stäubli, and KUKA, plus a new breed of cage-free collaborative robots making moves in plastics.

Collaborative Robots Transform Industry
May 01, 2015

Collaborative Robots Transform Industry

By Bill Lydon, Editor
I am convinced that collaborative robots are the highest impact automation development to improve manufacturing since the assembly line. If this development follows the cost performance trends of past developments, like PCs, we at the beginning of a new revolution.

Robot use increases more than 27% in 2014
April 24, 2015

Robot use increases more than 27% in 2014

By Bill Lydon, Editor
According to IFR, more than 220,000 robots were sold globally in 2014. The automotive industry is still the strongest, followed by the electronics industry. But there are many more applications in other industries that are just starting to grow, particularly with new small, safe, and collaborative robots.

Head Off Hassles During Startup
March 22, 2015

Head Off Hassles During Startup

Chemical Processing
By Amin Almasi
Commissioning and startup involve very special types of work that require very specific skills. This expertise normally resides within operating companies, specialized commissioning/startup agencies and, often, equipment vendors.

Improve Your Plant’s Safety
March 22, 2015

Improve Your Plant’s Safety

Chemical Processing
By Luis Duran, ABB
We must understand the risk of an operation and openly discuss how to reduce it to an acceptable level. While the complete elimination of risk might not be feasible, cutting it to a level an asset owner and operator can tolerate is a must.

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Stop Explosion Propagation
February 22, 2015

Stop Explosion Propagation

Chem Processing
By David Grandaw, IEP Technologies
Sometimes explosions remain confined to the process vessel in which they originate. However, more often than not, the initial explosion will result in a secondary explosion with devastating results outside the vessel or through interconnecting ducts or pipes.

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Correctly Orient Probes in Sampling Systems
December 01, 2014

Correctly Orient Probes in Sampling Systems

Chemical Processing
By Dean Slejko, Swagelok
Most analytical sampling systems use probes to extract samples from the middle of a process stream for analysis. The probe, a proboscis-like tube, sucks up process fluid and delivers it to an analyzer. An angle-cut probe suits most applications but a square-cut probe may be better in certain cases.

Learn from the West Fertilizer Plant Explosion
October 26, 2014

Learn from the West Fertilizer Plant Explosion

Chemical Processing
By Peter Wilmarth, SSOE Group
The chemical industry has many reasons for concern about its blemished safety record. The possible costs of a major accident are enormous. Faced with this situation, many companies are seeking a more effective path to mitigate risk.

Pumps: Keep Out of Hot Water
October 26, 2014

Pumps: Keep Out of Hot Water

Chemical Processing
By Amin Almasi
The boiler feedwater (BFW) pumping system is a vital part of steam generation units that play an essential role at many chemical plants. So, dependable operation of BFW pumps is crucial.

October 26, 2014

Optimize Electrical Systems, Part II

Chemical Processing
By Ven V. Venkatesan
Connected, unused plug-in loads not only waste energy but also generate heat and reduce the equipment’s life. Conducting periodic audits on plug-in loads can help reduce monthly electricity bills.

Cyber Security Shield Gets Stronger
September 26, 2014

Cyber Security Shield Gets Stronger

Chemical Processing
By Seán Ottewell
The challenge is both to provide chemical companies with the cyber security they need, and to ensure the companies understand what these offerings really can — and can’t — deliver.

September 18, 2014

Addressing FDA CFR Regulation Compliance with Cloud based ERP Software

By Bill Nolan, Rootstock Software
Many regulated manufacturers use paper-or Excel-based processes to address compliance. For discrete manufacturers who are required to have FDA CFR compliance, the Salesforce1 Platform connected an ERP system offers some distinct advantages.

Automated Valves and Climate Extremes
August 16, 2014

Automated Valves and Climate Extremes

Valve Magazine
By Chris Warnett
Most standard valve actuators are suitable for about -20F to 150F (Approximately -30C to 70C). However, in ever increasing circumstances, these devices are required to operate in greater extremes of temperature, either because equipment is being used in more remote and hostile environments or because of climate change.

Safety in the chemical sector: what to consider, what to do?
July 21, 2014

Safety in the chemical sector: what to consider, what to do?

HazardEx
By Ian Curtis, Siemens Industry
Here’s a broad look at some of the important process safety-related issues chemical companies need to consider, including defining safety, safety standards, legacy technology problems and workforce competency.

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