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Dinnissen B.V. A system to reduce losses when emptying bags Bags of 10–90 kg typically lose between 0.4 and 1% of the products — often expensive ingredients — due to residues left behind when the bags are emptied, says this company. To reduce losses, the company has developed a new system for emptying bags. Up to 99.9% of the contents can... More
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Capital cost calculations, Postscripts, corrections

Capital cost calculations I recently read the article “Capital Costs Quickly Calculated” [ Chem. Eng., pp.46­–52, April 2009] and find it extremely informative and useful. I have reservations about the example given about the cost comparison of two spherical storage tanks. The authors state that the costs of spherical storage tanks are... More
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Design, Engineering & Construction

Principles of P&ID Development

The piping and instrumentation diagram (P&ID) is often considered to be the gold standard for the proper design, operation and maintenance of plants in the chemical process industries (CPI), including chemical, oil-and-gas facilities, mining operations, food-processing plants, and water- and wastewater-treatment plants. The P&ID provides important... More
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GEA Group to sell its Heat Exchangers Segment to Triton

GEA Group (Düsseldorf, Germany; www.gea.com) announces the sale of its Heat Exchangers (HX) Segment to funds advised by Triton (Frankfurt am Main, Germany; www.triton-partners.com). The purchase agreement was signed today. The sale is based on an enterprise value of approximately €1.3 billion. The transaction is still subject to the approval of... More
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Chemtura to sell agrochemicals business for $1 billion

Chemtura Corp. (Philadelphia, Pa.; www.chemtura.com)  has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its agrochemicals business, Chemtura AgroSolutions, to Platform Specialty Products Corp, a global... More
Plant Cost Index

Current Economic Trends

The CE Plant Cost Index (CEPCI) preliminary value for February 2014 (the most recent available) is 0.4% higher than the final values from January. The Equipment, Labor, Buildings and... More
Project Management

Seven Tools for Project Success

Have you ever heard someone say, “The job is a lot easier if you have the right tools?” Having the right tools is critical to the success of craftsmen, such as carpenters, electricians, plumbers and the like. The same holds true for managing projects. Initiating a project raises many questions (such as: What will we do? How will we do it? Who... More
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According to the American Chemistry Council (ACC; Washington, D.C.; www.americanchemistry.com), the U.S. Chemical Production Regional...
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A chemical executive once noted that his firm derives one-third of its income from products that are less than ten years old. Indeed...

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