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CEP: February 2016

Process safety performance indicators (PSPIs) are performance metrics that indicate when a process safety accident is most likely to occur. The key to an effective PSPI program is selecting the right PSPIs. This month’s safety article explains the barrier-based and tier-based approaches for selecting PSPIs.

CEP: January 2016

Conventions in the workplace have undergone a dramatic makeover in recent decades. In many cases, employees are encouraged to take the unconventional path and offer an original perspective. As a result, standing out has become the new fitting in. Other topics this month include Navigating oil price volatility, the PID equation and minimizing legionella risk.

CEP: December 2015

This SBE supplement covers the development of continuous processing techniques in upstream and downstream biopharmaceutical processes. It also details factors that are impeding end-to-end implementation of continuous biopharmaceutical manufacturing processes, and points out that despite some misconceptions, regulators such as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), encourage, rather than prevent, continuous processing. Other topics in this issue include cyclic ditillation and France's chemical industry.

CEP: November 2015

Liquid-liquid extraction is an important separation technology for a wide range of applications in the chemical process industries (CPI). This month's cover article on liquid-liquid extraction discusses the basics and provides guidance on how to select the appropriate solvent and extraction equipment. Other topics in this issue include toxicology, patents: recognizing novelty, and Malaysia's chemicals industries.

CEP: October 2015

Life cycle assessment (LCA) has become widely recognized as an effective tool for assessing the resource use, environmental burdens, and human health impacts connected with the complete life cycle of products, processes, and activities. Other topics this month include independent consulting and Israel's chemicals industry.

CEP: September 2015

Learn about the different polyolefin production processes, their key operating parameters, and ways to use automation for improved quality control and higher throughput. Other topics this month include liquid nitrogen cooling, batch process automation and process safety.

CEP: August 2015

A special section on natural gas discusses opportunities and challenges, electric power, chemical synthesis, and trasportation. Other topics in this issue include instrumentation and mixing.

CEP: July 2015

This month's cover article, "Do Your Due Diligence," provides guidance on how to conduct a comprehensive due diligence assessment. Other topics in this issue include SIS sensors, choosing impellers, synthetic biology and South Africa's Chemicals Industry.

CEP: June 2015

The results of AIChE's biennial salary survey, which were discussed in an article printed in the June issues of Chemical Engineering Progress, cast a favorable light on the chemical engineering profession.

CEP: May 2015

The four pillars of industrial energy efficiency — operational improvements, effective maintenance, engineered improvements, and new technologies — represent the types of opportunities that can boost plant performance and achieve excellence in energy efficiency across the CPI. Other topics in this issue include successful projects, chemical looping, the future of the lecture, and Turkey's chemicals industry.

CEP: April 2015

Learn how to improve your management of change system by training workers to recognize hazards as indicators of change. Other topics this month include steam traps, tight oil, and humanitarian chemical engineering.

CEP: March 2015

This issue's Society for Biological Engineering supplement focuses on biofuels. It's articles explore the need for biofuels; producing biofuels from lignocellulose by thermochemical conversion, fermentation of sugar, and via carboxylate salts. Scaling up bioenergy technologies and the commercial-scale production of lignocellulosic biofuels are also discussed. Other topics in this issue include process safety lessons learned and modeling aqueous electrolyte systems.

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