CEP: November 2016

Food irradiation is one of the least understood food processing technologies. This month’s On the Horizon article discusses the science, technology, and current applications of two methods of food irradiation. Other topics in this issue include condensate returns, financial pinch analysis and patents.


The Introverted Leader — An Oxymoron?

For as long as I can remember, I’ve thought of myself as an introvert. Susan Cain, the author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking, explains that introversion is a preference for lower-stimulation environments. Introverts draw their energy from quiet reflection and solitude; extroverts thrive in crowds and crave stimulation in order to feel at their best...

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Stop Knocking Your Condensate Return

Back To Basics
James R. Risko
Condensate return systems can have a big impact on productivity, energy efficiency, and site reliability. Use this guide to better understand your condensate return, optimize its operation, and mitigate common pitfalls such as high backpressure and water hammer.

Introduction to Electron-Beam Food Irradiation

On The Horizon
Suresh D. Pillai
Nonthermal food processing technologies, such as X-ray and electron-beam irradiation, may be used to eliminate pathogens in raw foods, pasteurize delicate food products such as fresh produce, and perform phytosanitary treatment.

Feeling the Pinch?

Santanu Bandyopadhyay, Dominic C. Y. Foo, P.E., Raymond R. Tan
Tight budgets can make prioritizing engineering projects difficult. Use the financial pinch technique to allocate funds logically and visually.

Patents: What Makes an Invention Nonobvious?

Career Catalyst
M. Henry Heines
In addition to being novel, an invention must be nonobvious to qualify for a patent. Learn strategies that have and can be used to qualify your invention as nonobvious.
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