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New Products - Chem Show Expo Preview - October 2015

October
2015
New Products
Chem Show Nov. 17–19, 2015 • Javits Convention Center • New York, NY www.chemshow.com The Chem Show features the latest process equipment, products, and services — bringing together manufacturers and innovative new suppliers with executives, process...

CEP: What's New

November
2014
New Products
Read about new products and services in the areas of Instrumentation, operations and maintenance, and laboratory equipment.

CEP: What's New

September
2013
New Products
Read about new products and services in the areas of fluids and solids handling; environmental health and safety; and laboratory equipment.

CEP: What's New

March
2014
New Products
Read about new products and services in the areas of fluids and solids handling, instrumentation, and materials and chemicals.

Software & Information Technology: September 2015

September
2015
Plant Resource Manager Centralizes Data Version R3.20 of this plant resource manager (PRM) software improves maintenance efficiency and enables centralized management of data produced by monitoring and control devices and manufacturing equipment...

CEP: What's New

September
2012
New Products
Read about new products and services in the areas of fluids and solids handling; instrumentation; environmental health and safety; and materials and chemicals.

CEP: Whats New

March
2013
New Products
Read about new products and services in the areas of instrumentation; fluids and solids handling; laboratory equipment; and environmental, health, and safety.

CEP: What's New

August
2013
New Products
Read about new products and services in the areas of fluids and solids handling; materials and chemicals; bioprocessing; instrumentation; environmental health and safety; and laboratory equipment.

CEP: What's New

May
2014
New Products
Read about new products and services in the areas of instrumentation; materials and chemicals; fluids and solids handling; and heat transfer.

AIChE Journal Highlight: Tribute to Founders: John M. Prausnitz

October
2015
Journal Highlight
Credited for his vision of combining fundamental molecular theory with practical thermodynamic applications in what he called molecular thermodynamics, John M. Prausnitz has profoundly affected the chemical engineering discipline. A tribute to...

CEP: What's New

July
2013
New Products
Read about new products and services in the areas of fluids and solids handling; materials and chemicals; bioprocessing; and laboratory equipment.

Product Digest - October 2015

October
2015
Product Digest
This month’s topic is Safety Equipment Work Gloves Grip without Bulk Brass Knuckle CR4300 work gloves feature American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Level 4 cut protection and a grip-enhancing latex coating on the entire finger and palm...

CEP: What's New

February
2015
New Products
Read about the latest products and services in the areas of fluids and solids handling; environmental, health and safety; instrumentation; and laboratory equipment.

CEP: What's New

October
2012
New Products
Read about new products and services in the areas of fluids and solids handling; instrumentation; environmental health and safety; and materials and chemicals.

CEP: What's New

June
2014
New Products
Read about new products and services in the areas of enviromnetal, health and safety; materials and chemicals; fluids and solids handling; and instrumentation.

CEP: What's New

January
2015
New Products
Read about new products and services in the areas of fluids and solids handling and laboratory equipment.

CEP: What's New

June
2015
New Products
Read about the latest products and services in the areas of heat transfer, bioprocessing, materials and chemicals, environmental, health, and Safety, Instrumentation, and fluids and solids handling.

CEP: What's New

February
2013
New Products
Read about new products and services in the areas of instrumentation; fluids and solids handling; operations and maintenance; and environmental, health, and safety.

CEP: Institute News

September
2015
Institute News
AIChE Announces New Fellows; Washington Internships for Students of Engineering; AIChE Election News; Your AIChE Membership — Conferences

CEP: Calendars

September
2015
Calendars
AIChE Academy Calendar – Public Courses; Webinars; Web Forum

CEP: Process Safety Beacon - Unloading and Loading Hazardous Materials

September
2015
Process Safety Beacon
While loading and unloading operations in your tank farm may seem simple — transferring material -— these facilities may be some of the most important contributors to process safety risk in your plant. The tank farm probably contains the largest inventory of hazardous material in your plant. Operations, though simple, involve large quantities. The consequence of a loss of containment may be severe.

CEP: Profile: - Charlie Bamforth: Tapping into Brewing Science

August
2015
Profile
Charlie Bamforth, the Anheuser-Busch Endowed Professor of Malting and Brewing Sciences at the Univ. of California, Davis, has lectured extensively on the nature of beer and brewing at venues such as Google, the New York Academy of Sciences, and the Smithsonian Institution. Throughout his many interviews and lectures, he never wastes an opportunity to take a jab at wine makers. One key point that he frequently reiterates: beer is superior. “It’s okay to dislike beer. It does not make you a bad person,” says Bamforth. “But never try to tell me that wine is better. Wine is not as complex a product, it is not so complicated to make, it is not a better accompaniment to food, and it is not better for you,” he states. “I like wine — but I like beer better and respect it more.”

AIChE Journal Highlight - Diversifying the Chemicals Industry’s Feedstock Portfolio

August
2015
Journal Highlight
In the August AIChE Journal Perspective article, “Future Feedstocks for the Chemical Industry — Where Will the Carbon Come From?,” Scott F. Mitchell of SABIC Technology Center and Daniel F. Shantz of Tulane Univ. outline the opportunities for various sources of carbon that could be used for chemicals production, including shale gas, biomass, coal, and recycled CO2 and plastics.

CEP: News Update

August
2015
News Update
Sponge-Like Catalyst Makes Bioplastic Cheaper and Greener; LED Combines Optoelectronic Powerhouses; New Water Splitter Produces Hydrogen; Algal Fuel Gets a Boost; and more.

CEP: Process Safety Beacon - Operational Readiness

August
2015
Process Safety Beacon
Any time that you introduce material or energy into equipment that is not currently being used, it is essential that you confirm that the equipment is ready. Are all of the parts of the equipment actually there and properly installed, or is something missing? Are all the valves that are supposed to be open actually open, and are all the valves that are supposed to be closed actually closed? Is everything else ready to use?

CEP: Institute News

August
2015
Institute News
AIChE Gala Will Showcase Excellence in Process Safety, Nov. 3 3rd Middle East Process Engineering Conference, Sept. 14-17, in Bahrain Body of Knowledge Will Guide ChE Training, Skills Development Commercializing Industrial Biotechnology Workshop...

CEP: Calendars

August
2015
Calendars
AIChE Meetings Calendar AIChE Academy Calendar Webinars

CEP: YPOV - Vote for Your Favorite Student Videos!

August
2015
YPOV
Of all of the engineering disciplines, it is toughest to describe what exactly a chemical engineer does. “Part of the difficulty lies in the fact that the other engineering disciplines build more tangible things,” says Stas’ Gawel, subcommittee chair of AIChE’s Global Undergraduate Student Video Competition. “Civil engineers build bridges, mechanical engineers build engines, and electrical engineers build circuits.” Chemical engineers, on the other hand, are more versatile and work in a wider variety of industries and positions than many other types of engineers. Two years ago, the Young Professionals Committee (YPC) conceived of the Global Undergraduate Student Video Competition to give high school students a better idea of what chemical engineers do, and to encourage students to pursue this major in college.

CEP: Catalyzing Commercialization - Sensitive Inline Analyzers Set to Transform the Cement Industry

August
2015
Catalyzing Commercialization
Portland cement manufacturing is an energy-intensive process that accounts for 6–8% of the world’s fuel use and approximately 5% of man-made global CO2 emissions. The industry uses a nuclear radiation-based technology called prompt gamma neutron activation analysis (PGNAA), which offers highly accurate (within 0.1 wt%) inline measurement of the elemental composition of 100% of the raw material input. Although PGNAA systems are widely utilized, they are suitable only for heavy, dense materials that produce strong signals, such as cement raw materials. XRSciences — a Carlsbad, CA-based startup funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) — has overcome the PGNAA signal-strength limitation.

CEP: AIChE Journal Highlight - Bridging the Scale Gap to Model Heterogeneous Catalytic Reactions

July
2015
Journal Highlight
To fully harness the advantages of heterogeneous catalysis, heat and mass transfer must be optimized with respect to catalytic reaction rates. While reactions take place at the molecular length scale, industrial reactors can have dimensions as large as several meters, making reactor and catalyst design a difficult task. In the July AIChE Journal cover story, “Gas-Solid Catalytic Reactions with an Extended DSMC Model,” Georg R. Pesch, Norbert Riefler, Udo Fritsching, Lucio Colombi Ciacchi, and Lutz Mädler of the Univ. of Bremen, Germany, introduce a new modeling approach to efficiently tackle this challenge.

CEP: Catalyzing Commercialization - Designer Microbes Make Green Surfactants

July
2015
Catalyzing Commercialization
Surfactants are typically made from petroleum-based feedstock or palm oil — using processes that produce greenhouse gases, involve the use of toxic chemicals, and generate hazardous byproducts. Massachusetts-based biotech company Modular Genetics, Inc. has engineered Bacillus subtilis strains to convert cellulosic sugar into a surfactant consisting of a fatty acid linked to an amino acid. Its approach uses no oil of any sort or toxic chemicals, and the surfactants do not generate hazardous byproducts.

CEP: News Update

July
2015
News Update
Inks from Silk Show Biomedical Promise; Activated Carbon Gets a Designer Label; Graphene Coating Promises to Improve Condenser Efficiency; Solar Materials Self-Assemble for Lengthy Energy Storage; and more.

CEP: Institute News

July
2015
Institute News
AIChE Election; Candidate Platforms; Your AIChE Membership — Technical Divisions and Forums; Member News

CEP: Calendars

July
2015
Calendars
AIChE Meetings Calendar; AIChE Academy Calendar; Webinars

CEP: Process Safety Beacon - Know When to Leave

July
2015
Process Safety Beacon
You cannot know when an unexpected reaction in a vessel might develop enough pressure to cause the vessel to rupture. All a large release of a flammable vapor needs in order to burn or explode is an ignition source. Never put yourself in danger by remaining in the area if this happens in your plant. Know your facility’s emergency plans, participate in drills, and know when to evacuate or shelter in a safe place.

CEP: Material Matters - Guidelines Aim to Reduce Failures

July
2015
Material Matters
Kirk Richardson
MTI is in the process of developing a best practice guideline for the design, welding, repair, and inspection of DSS 2205 equipment made from thick plates (greater than 1 in.), to be completed in Oct. 2015. The guidelines will include recommendations for assessing susceptibility to SSC (low, medium, or high, based on ferrite and hardness numbers), as well as information on the scope and scheduling of inspections.

South Africa's Chemicals Industry

July
2015
Global Outlook
Thokozani Majozi, Patrick Veldhuizen
Built upon the nation’s abundant coal reserves, South Africa’s chemicals industry spent much of the 20th century isolated from world trade. The abolishment of apartheid opened doors to its full participation in global markets.

CEP: Process Safety Beacon - Conduct of Operations

June
2015
Process Safety Beacon
Conduct of operations can be summarized in two simple concepts: (1) Say what you intend to do (procedures). (2) Always do what you say. This means, for example, that if your operating procedures say to shut down if a critical safety parameter exceeds a specified value, you must always shut down.

CEP: Calendars

June
2015
Calendars
AIChE Meetings Calendar; AIChE Academy Calendar; Webinars

CEP: AIChE Journal Highlight - New Model Optimizes Water Use in Shale Gas Development

June
2015
Journal Highlight
In the June AIChE Journal cover story, “Investment Optimization Model for Freshwater Acquisition and Wastewater Handling in Shale Gas Production,” Linlin Yang, Ignacio E. Grossmann, and Meagan Mauter of Carnegie Mellon Univ., and Robert Dilmore of the National Energy Technology Laboratory, discuss a new mixed-integer linear programming (MILP) model to optimize water use in the hydraulic fracturing of shale gas in the Marcellus and Utica shale plays. The objective of the model is to minimize the capital and operating costs and maximize profit.

CEP: Catalyzing Commercialization - High-Performance MOFs Improve the Economics of Industrial Gases

June
2015
Catalyzing Commercialization
The highly commoditized industrial gas sector relies on energy-intensive processes to produce, separate, and store industrial gases. The power required to compress gases accounts for up to 50% of the cost of the delivered gas. And, gas-separation adsorption units recover only a fraction of the feed product, necessitating processes with large waste or recycle streams. NuMat Technologies, an Illinois startup has developed synthetic adsorbent materials to address these challenges.

CEP: News Update

June
2015
News Update
A Simple Approach to Separating Rare Earth Metals; A Bionic Device Mimics Natural Photosynthesis; Molecules Click into Biocompatible Hydrogels; Nature-Inspired Coating Wards Off Water and Light; and more
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