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How to Attract and Retain Top Talent


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In today's marketplace, the competition for top candidates is fierce. Being able to effectively attract and retain the best talent can be a crucial competitive advantage, resulting in higher-quality applications, increased attraction of passive candidates, higher offer acceptance rates, lower turnover, and decreased recruiting costs. Mr. Wolf will provide a roadmap for developing a more effective hiring process, creating a strong employer brand that attracts higher quality candidates, and tips on what your company can do to improve its talent pool.

What is Good Mixing?


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The purpose of this webinar is to help engineers and scientists recognize the differences between “good” and “bad” mixing. Mixing is not just one operation, but different aspects of fluid motion depending on the application and process objectives. Mixing may mean blending for uniform properties; intense local turbulence to promote chemical reaction; off-bottom suspension of solids for dissolution; dispersion of a gas for mass transfer; complete motion of a viscous fluid; or dispersion of immiscible liquid to form an emulsion. Describing “mixing” in real process objectives is important to understand how to achieve “good” mixing.

All liquid mixing involves flow patterns. Some flow patterns are incorrectly thought to represent “good” mixing. A strong surface vortex is usually a sign of poor mixing. An up-pumping impeller is not good for suspending solids. Different types of impellers work better in certain situations. Seeing flow patterns can be an aid in understanding “good” mixing.

Mixing has many differences. No one type of fluid motion or mixing equipment works in all applications. Understanding flow patterns can help establish ways to improve mixing. Mixing can be a solution to a problem or an opportunity for improvement. Understanding what works and what does not is an essential part of doing “good” mixing.

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Shale gas future: Global distribution and industry impacts


Webinar Summary:
The increasing availability of natural gas from shale deposits in the U.S. is continuing to have a profound effect on many industrial sectors. While prominent shale deposits have received attention in the U.S., there is lower awareness of the distribution of shale across the globe and the enormous petroleum resources they represent. The economic advantage created by shale gas and the benefits to the U.S. economy of shale development are well reported. The impacts of the shale development on the technology used in the chemical industry is not discussed nearly as often. Increasing ethane use favorably impacts ethylene derivatives, but has negative implications for chemical products based on steam cracker co-products. The shifting feedstock slate creates challenges and opportunities for the industry. Less naphtha cracking creates less C3 and higher materials, leading to a shift toward on-purpose production of propylene, butadiene and other chemical intermediates. This Webinar is designed to help attendees better understand how the shale gas boom may play out globally, and what it will mean for the chemical industry in the future.

The Safe and Productive Maintenance of Piping Systems in an Operational Chemical Process Industry (CPI) Facility


Webinar Summary:
Process piping inspection and preventative maintenance (PM) procedures are an essential element for any fixed equipment mechanical integrity (FEMI) program. The petroleum and chemical process industries (CPI) continue to have piping system failure incidents due to various forms of progressive deterioration of a system’s ability to contain its fluid service under pressure. Hence, having an effective piping inspection and PM program written in accordance with the latest editions of ASME B31.3 Process Piping Code, API 570 Piping Inspection Code and its companion document API RP 574, Inspection Practices for Piping System Components, is foundational to the safe and continued cost effective operation of any CPI facility.


Process Solutions from Wet Chemistry to Near-Infrared Spectroscopy - Ensure Product Quality & Prevent Downtime


Webinar Summary:
Many testing applications across a variety of industries nowadays need constant monitoring. However, bringing samples back to the lab for analysis can be time-consuming and inefficient. At-line, online or inline solutions for time-sensitive analyses prevent costly downtime and enable simultaneous monitoring of several process parameters in real time. A wide range of techniques from wet chemistry to near-infrared spectroscopy are suitable for your process environment!


A shale gas primer: the economic impact, technology and water issues behind the shale gas boom


The availability of large amounts of natural gas from shale deposits in the U.S. has been a transformative development for the country, changing the energy equation for a wide range of industry sectors while raising a host of environmental concerns.  This Webinar is designed to explore the enabling technologies of shale-gas revolution, its impact on the chemical industry, and the challenges associated with gas production.  

Webinar attendees will hear from a leading economist from the American Chemistry Council, who has led a series of detailed studies on the impact of the shale gas boom. She will discuss the scope of the investments made by the chemical industry to take advantage of inexpensive shale gas in the U.S. 

The Webinar will also feature the director of the Global Petroleum Research Institute, who will lead attendees through the technological advancements that have enabled the economic production of shale gas, including horizontal drilling techniques and the application of hydraulic fracturing to shale deposits. 

Finally, the Webinar will explore one of the most significant issues associated with hydraulic fracturing – water management.  A top engineer at CDM Smith will talk about how water is handled to fracture the wells, and the options for treating and re-using or discharging produced water from the well. 

Webinar: The role of mobile water treatment to offset emergency or scheduled plant shutdowns


Whether it is the threat of an emergency shutdown, or the need for a planned outage, keeping water treatment facilities online is top of mind for plant operators and managers alike. Mounting pressures to maintain operations and ensure water treatment effectiveness within industrial settings is great and the need to ensure uptime is a critical part of daily activities.

Join POWER and Chemical Engineering's webinar to learn how Rentech Nitrogen Products, a producer of Agricultural-Grade Fertilizer Products, incorporated mobile softening solutions to circumvent two separate plant shutdown situations, preventing condensate dump and affording the plant un-interrupted flow of plant make-up water until repairs were made.


Custom Catalyst Commercialization II: Adding Value through Research & Development


In this second webinar in the series “Custom Catalyst Commercialization” we will show how the involvement of BASF R&D can enhance either the current custom catalyst or lead to greatly improved second generation products, while maintaining the Intellectual Property (IP) protection that is critical to the custom catalyst relationship.

This webinar builds on information presented previously on development scenarios, scale-up and manufacturing processes, catalyst and process knowledge and expertise, as well as confidentiality and Intellectual Property (IP) protection. 

The webinar will conclude with a live question and answer session with BASF scientists and experts


3D Visualization for Optimal Asset Information Management


Join us for this complimentary 30 minute webinar as we address, using visualization, the challenges of information flow across process industry enterprises. In particular, how solving these data challenges can improve reliability and process safety. Learn how visualization of asset information can enhance efficient maintenance planning and execution for your enterprise. See how, through the ability to access information on the actual status of plant assets, the COMOS Walkinside software from Siemens enables better decisions in real time. Join the discussion about how real-world owner-operators and EPCs have used this data-centric technology to increase profitability through minimized downtime and maximized plant availability.

How to gain a competitive advantage with Enterprise Project Portfolio Management


Capital spend in chemical processing across the USA is estimated to rise $22Bn during 2013. Companies are looking to gain a competitive advantage by making the most of their existing assets, carefully selecting new capital investments, and delivering capital projects on time and on budget. 

A good approach to Enterprise Project Portfolio Management (EPPM) can help chemical companies drive improvement in financial discipline, operational efficiency and risk mitigation, thus giving organizations a big competitive advantage. 

Join us in this live webcast to hear how EPPM can significantly benefit your organization.


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