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  1. CEP: Process Automation Corner - The U.S. Process Automation Enterprise Looks to the Future

    CEP Magazine article, March 2014

    The outlook is bright for the process automation enterprise in the U.S. through this decade and into the next. Process automation skills and know-how are honed through challenging projects and are perfected by maintaining these systems at peak efficiency. Without constant renewal based on new and different challenges, these skills tend to atrophy and become obsolete. Fortunately, after more than a decade of decline, the U.S. process industries are entering a period of highly advantaged resource and energy availability.

  2. Solid-Liquid Equilibrium: The Foundation of Crystallization Process Design

    CEP Magazine article, March 2014

    Use a phase diagram to identify the best temperature, pressure, and composition conditions, as well as the optimal sequence of process operations to achieve a desired crystallization.

  3. Introduction to Pressure Measurement

    CEP Magazine article, March 2014

    Pressure-measuring devices come in a wide variety of designs and sizes to suit almost any application. This article describes the basics of pressure measurement and provides guidance on instrument selection.

  4. CEP: Patent Update - An On-Sale Bar to Patentability Can Arise in Various Ways

    CEP Magazine article, February 2014

    One of the ways in which companies often trip up in their attempts to develop a patent portfolio is by selling a product, or even offering it for sale, before filing a patent application. If more than a year passes between the date of a sale or offer and the application filing date, the application is disqualified from receiving a patent. Likewise, if a sale or offer a year before the filing date is revealed only after the patent has been granted, the patent is declared invalid. In either case, the applicant is barred from obtaining a patent, and this is known as an “on-sale bar.”

  5. Control Boiler Emissions through Work Practices and Energy Management

    CEP Magazine article, February 2014

    The Boiler MACT regulation provides compliance options that include pollution-abatement equipment, work practices, and energy efficiency improvements. An energy management and reporting system (EMRS) can be a part of a plant’s compliance strategy.

  6. Ten Distillation Revamp Pitfalls to Avoid

    CEP Magazine article, February 2014

    Projects aimed at improving distillation column operation may encounter a variety of hurdles. This article looks at ten common problems and provides guidance on how to avoid them.

  7. Designing Multistage Agitated Reactors

    CEP Magazine article, January 2014

    This article bridges the gap between theory and practice for the design of continuous-flow mechanically agitated reactors, with a focus on mechanical and hydraulic issues.

  8. Recognizing the 21 Most Influential Contributions to Mixing Research

    CEP Magazine article, January 2014

    Here is a look at the key milestones in the field of mixing, and how these foundational developments paved the way for current industrial practice.

  9. Implement a Sustainable Steam-Trap Management Program

    CEP Magazine article, January 2014

    Steam trap management is important for the successful operation of a chemical processing plant. Follow these guidelines to realize the benefits of such a program.

  10. CEP: Process Automation Corner - Real-Time Analytics for Pharmaceutical Quality Control

    CEP Magazine article, December 2013

    When the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), under the leadership of Ajaz Hussain, then the Associate Director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER), launched the Process Analytical Technology (PAT) Initiative a decade ago, it set in motion a multifaceted search for a more scientifically based approach to pharmaceutical manufacturing and quality assurance. Hussain’s call for more PAT in the industry’s manufacturing operations was really more of a challenge to current practices than a proscriptive program. The pharmaceutical industry has responded with a renewed emphasis on understanding the scientific basis of its processes, and toward that end has made significant investments in personnel and tools.