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January 1, 2010
Most members of the highly regulated chemical process industries (CPI) are aware of the growing worldwide attention focused on the issues of climate change, air and water pollution and the supply and protection of natural resources. For this reason, air-pollution-control scrubbers play an integral role in most chemical processing facilities. However, the economic downturn caused many processors to shelve...
January 1, 2010
In professional life, the influences that teach us, inspire us and drive us to succeed tend to come more from individuals than corporations. If you would like to bring recognition to someone whose excellence in chemical engineering you admire, consider nominating him or her for Chemical Engineering’s 2010 Personal Achievement Award. The nomination period is now open. The aim of this award, which...
December 1, 2009
Last month at the Chem Show, Chemical Engineering (CE) had the pleasure of honoring this year’s finalists and the winner of the 2009 Kirkpatrick Chemical Engineering Achievement Award, a biennial prize that the magazine has bestowed continuously since the early 1930s (for more, see CE, January 2009, p.19) The award recognizes the most noteworthy chemical engineering technology commercialized anywhere...
December 1, 2009
  The power of osmosis Last month, Statkraft (Oslo, Norway; opened what is claimed to be the world's first osmotic power plant. Although the prototype is very small (designed for 10 kW), the company believes data gained from the pilot study will lead to a commercial-scale unit by 2015. The plant is located along the coast at Tofte, south of Oslo. Fresh water flowing into the sea is...
December 1, 2009
Drying as a process is one of the most energy-intensive unit operations on the planet. Add to that the fact that dryers are used extensively throughout the chemical process industries (CPI) and it becomes obvious that there ought to be more attention paid to reducing the energy consumption and upping the “green” ante of drying processes. Unfortunately, the current economy is putting any such...
December 1, 2009
As bulk-solids processors look for ways to save money, manufacturers of screening equipment are concentrating on maximizing the efficiency of the equipment they offer. Screening has been prominent in solid-solid separations in the chemical process industries (CPI) for decades. It is usually performed either to remove oversize particles and foreign materials from a bulk solid (scalping), to separate...
November 1, 2009
For many years now, talk of wirelessly networking and transmitting process signals has projected new levels in process performance, safety and overall efficiency for the chemical process industries (CPI). Until recently, however, a number of strings held back widescale adoption. Those strings are finally unravelling, and there is concrete evidence to prove it. Figure 1. WirelessHART adapters provide access...
November 1, 2009
As the chemical process industries (CPI) continue to focus on improving operations and lowering costs, interest in process automation diagnostics, which can play a critical role in helping processors reduce maintenance spending, continues. “Processors are beginning to realize that good diagnostics can help them reduce their overall costs,” says Moin Sheikh, marketing manager with Siemens Energy...
October 8, 2009
Among the most pressing concerns for the chemical process industries (CPI) are weathering the global economic recession and dealing with anticipated carbon emissions regulations. Switching from oil and gas to biomass for fuel in a CPI plant is a relatively simple way to ratchet down greenhouse gas emissions and cut costs simultaneously. Biomass fuels can help cut operating costs, improve fuel flexibility...
October 1, 2009
A continued economic contraction remains the dominant feature of the employment landscape for chemical engineers, with fewer job openings and choosier corporate hiring processes, but chemical engineering salaries are strong, according to those closest to the chemical engineering job front. Despite overall job losses in the chemical process industries (CPI), demand for creative chemical engineers with broad...
October 1, 2009
As the chemical process industries (CPI) continue to battle with cost containment, labor cost management and maintenance cost issues, there is additional pressure on engineering and maintenance staffs to deploy resources where they are needed the most. Though small in stature, pressure transmitters can actually play a sizeable role in this type of process optimization. The reason is simple. Both pressure...
September 1, 2009
Security at many U.S. chemical facilities is currently regulated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS; Washington, D.C.; under the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standard (CFATS). This rule, however, is about to expire this month, October 2009. All expectations are that CFATS will be extended for a year, while proposed modifications to the standard continue to be debated in the...
September 1, 2009
Efforts toward large-scale production of lithium-ion (Li-ion)-based car batteries got a big boost in early August, when the Obama Administration announced $2.4 billion in U.S. government investment aimed, in part, at dramatically ramping up the supply chain for advanced batteries for the auto industry. A majority of this funding is funneling directly into the chemical process industries (CPI), which are...
August 1, 2009
Outotec GmbH (Oberursel, Germany), a 100% daughter company of Outotec Oy (Helsinki, Finland; has received a €109-million contract for the design, delivery, construction and commissioning of a new oil-shale processing plant to be built in Narva, Estonia for Eesti Energia (Tallin, Estonia; Scheduled for commissioning in early 2012, the facility will process over...
August 1, 2009
By definition, integrated safety instrumented systems (SIS) have the potential to reduce risks. But recent advancement is also enabling the use of more sophisticated instruments and tools that can benefit the process. For these reasons, integrated control and safety systems (ICSS) are receiving recognition across the chemical process industries (CPI). “There have been developments from a technology...
August 1, 2009
Substantial technological advances to meet the growing regulatory scrutiny of a wide variety of pollutants have taken place over the past 50 years. In the last few years, the increased complexity in regulations in developed countries has been even more accelerated, challenging the chemical process industries (CPI) and their suppliers of air-monitoring equipment to reach new heights. In addition, developing...
July 1, 2009
On Sunday morning before the start of Achema 2009 (May 11–15; Frankfurt, Germay) — organizers of the world’s largest exhibition and congress on chemical engineering and biotechnology, Dechema e.V. (Frankfurt;, as well as industry experts participating in the traditional press conference, were somewhat edgy. Even though the ten halls’ 134,000 m2 of exhibition space...
July 1, 2009
“When you improve the efficiency or capacity of a product, it almost always can be used to improve the process economics with respect to investment costs or operating costs,” says Mark Pilling, manager of technology with Sulzer Chemtech (Tulsa, Okla.). To help processors do this, separation-technology providers strive to maintain a strong base of engineering expertise to assist customers in...
June 1, 2009
With traditional petroleum-derived feedstocks facing relentless economic and environmental pressures, it’s no surprise that stakeholders throughout the chemical process industries (CPI) have been in hot pursuit of alternative routes for producing commodity and specialty chemicals and polymers from cheap, plentiful renewable feedstocks. The most promising routes are based on agriculturally derived...
June 1, 2009
Figure 1.  Style 212-ULE valve stem packing is said to outperform engineered sets, meeting global emission standards Garlock Sealing Technologies Figure 2.  The EnDura family of seals was developed to cope with temperature extremes, increasing pressures and higher levels of hydrogen sulfide in the oil and gas industry Precision Polymer Engineering Chemical processors rely on seals and gaskets to...
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