CEP: November 2012 The November cover story, "Are We Covered? Understand the Strengths and Weeknesses of a Patenting Policy," describes how a detailed laboratory notebook is one of the most valuable assets at an engineer’s disposal when negotiating the pathway to a patent. Other topics include best practices for heat tracing plot plants, cutting agitator power costs and optimizing distillation by designing "green" columns. Also, read about the latest developments in materials, biotechnology, energy and nanotechnology.EditorialOn the first day of our visit to Walt Disney World, my then-seven-year-old son got lost in the Magic Kingdom. Luckily, he was somewhere on Tom Sawyer Island, so our search area was limited. On the second day, he wandered off in the Honey, I Shrunk the Kids attraction (also an enclosed space, thankfully).Those experiences gave me an idea for what I called Kid LoJack — a biocompatible microchip that parents could inject under a baby’s skin, and later activate to locate the child if he or she got lost or kidnapped (or stayed out past curfew). I’ve often wondered — civil liberties issues aside — whether I could have patented such a device.Read More Share Best Practices for Heat Tracing Pilot Plants November2012Heat TransferRichard P. Palluzi, P.E.Heat tracing a pilot plant is a difficult task, but with proper design and careful installation, the tracing system can operate safely and effectively. Be Smart about Column Design November2012Reactions and SeparationsDaniel R. Summers, P.E., Mark Pilling, P.E.Optimizing distillation equipment and processes can improve both the profitability and the greenness of an operation. Cut Agitator Power Costs November2012Back To BasicsGregory T. Benz, P.E.Agitator power consumption can be minimized by judicious equipment selection and careful operating procedures. Follow these guidelines to reduce your plant’s energy costs. In some cases, it may be as simple as flipping a switch. Are We Covered? Understand the Strengths and Weaknesses of a Patenting Policy November2012Career CatalystM. Henry HeinesLaboratory notebooks and provisional patent applications can be valuable components of an engineer’s patenting strategy if they are well-prepared, appropriately managed, and diligently followed up with a nonprovisional patent application. Copyright Permissions: Would you like to reuse content from CEP Magazine? It’s easy to request permission to reuse content. Simply click here to connect instantly to licensing services, where you can choose from a list of options regarding how you would like to reuse the desired content and complete the transaction. Sponsored Links The total fire and gas solution from Honeywell Analytics puts a safety umbrella over your entire plant while maximizing productivity. http://flame.honeywellanalytics.com/ Adding a line of defense – our Fire Sentry fire and flame detectors – to your existing gas detection helps increase safety and uptime in your facility by decreasing the likelihood of a disruptive event. Think uptime and opt for the total fire and gas solution from Honeywell Analytics. Control your safety. Honeywell Analytics Steam Trap Diagnostic and Management http://www.tlv.com/global/US For production plants, proper maintenance is absolutely essential to ensure system availability, continued safe operation and efficient production. For steam systems, the critical elements are often steam traps. TLV offers the world's best steam trap diagnostic and management tools, capable of making detailed and highly accurate, objective judgments. They can support on-site surveys or enable the customer to achieve optimized self-maintenance. To find out more visit our web site. TLV Corp Heat Exchangers http://www.borsig.de/group/ BORSIG Process Heat Exchanger GmbH supplies transfer line exchangers, process gas waste heat recovery systems and scraped surface exchangers for the chemical and petrochemical industries. The BORSIG Transfer Line Exchangers are the result of more than 45 years experience and about 6,000 units installed worldwide. We offer BORSIG Linear Quenchers (BLQs) and BORSIG Tunnelflow Transfer Line Exchangers depending on the customer´s plant concept. Borsig Process Heat Exchanger GmbH Order New Catalog on CD http://www.dynatrolUSA.com/forms/brochure-request.html The 50th Anniversary Edition catalog on CD covers our complete line of Dynatrol® on-stream process analyzers, measurement & control instruments, level detectors and line of new accessories. Automation Products, Inc.