CEP: January 2013 This month's cover story provides loop tuning guidelines to help improve process control and enhance product uniformity. Other articles include: Shale Gas Brightens Outlook for U.S. Chemicals; Streamline Your Process Hazard Analysis; and Optimizing an Organic Rankine Cycle. Also read about the latest developments in energy, nanotechnology, biotechnology, and materials. Editorial When reporting on events, writers and editors always need to be mindful of when the reader will receive the publication. This is especially critical for a monthly magazine like CEP. An event that is considered breaking news when we experience it or write about it will no longer be news by the time you get the issue. The future as I’m writing this (at least a few weeks of it) will be the past when you read it. That’s why we sometimes don’t write about what’s really on our minds.For instance, I wrote the December editorial in mid-November, around the time of our office Thanksgiving pot-luck lunch. You would have thought I was a bit strange if I had wished you a Happy Thanksgiving in an article you were reading in December. That doesn't mean we always play it safe. Read more Share Global Relationships Take Center Stage at the 2012 Annual Meeting January2013News FeatureIn support of its strategic mission to become a global organization of chemical engineering practitioners, AIChE hosted three joint international symposia at the 2012 AIChE Annual Meeting held in Pittsburgh, PA, Oct. 28 to Nov. 2. AIChE joined with... Shale Gas Brightens Outlook for U.S. Chemicals January2013Chem EconomicsMartha Gilchrist Moore, T. Kevin SwiftThe chemical industry will experience moderate annual growth over the next few years — ranging between 2.2% and 4.6% through 2017. The higher growth rate accounts for new investments announced in response to the abundant supply of shale-based... Streamline Your Process Hazard Analysis January2013SafetyMolly R. Myers, Judy PerryA little creativity during preparation — developing checklists, grouping similar processes, pre-populating worksheets, and considering possible deviations and safeguards before meeting face to face — goes a long way toward improving the efficiency and effectiveness of your PHA efforts. Optimizing an Organic Rankine Cycle January2013Heat TransferAli Bourji, P.E., Alan WinsteadAn organic Rankine cycle (ORC) system can be a cost-effective way to convert waste heat to electricity. The key is finding the best ratio of net power recovery to capital cost. Implement an Effective Loop Tuning Strategy January2013Back To BasicsNorman Ito, Timothy OlsenUse these loop tuning guidelines to improve process control and enhance product uniformity Many undergraduate chemical engineering programs teach the Ziegler-Nichols tuning methods, developed by John G. Ziegler and Nathaniel B. Nichols in the 1940s... 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.