CEP: March 2009

Knowing a great deal is not the same as being smart; intelligence is not information alone but also judgment, the manner in which information is collected and used,"said astronomer, astrochemist and author Carl Sagan...

Before OSHA Comes Knocking ...

Daniel Steinway
The OSHA Process Safety Management National Emphasis Program will soon apply to the chemical industry, targeting compliance with safety standards associated with chemical hazards.

Rx for Pharma

Critical Issues
Girish Malhotra, P.E.
Chemical engineers could hold the key that helps pharmaceutical companies — facing pressure to control rising drug prices and competition from generics — reduce their manufacturing costs.

Examining X-Ray Technology

Fluids and Solids Handling
Ray Spurgeon
Use X-ray inspection to see whether your product is contaminant-free and packaged properly.

Valves 101: Types, Materials, Selection

Back To Basics
Brian Gordon
The most common valves used in chemical processing are ball valves, butterfly valves, diaphragm valves, and check valves.

Selecting Entrainers for Azeotropic Distillation

Reactions and Separations
Madhura Chiplunkar, Vivek Julka, Lionel O’Young
This systematic methodology uses residue curve maps to identify and evaluate substances that can facilitate distillation by breaking an azeotrope.
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