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Do Your Due Diligence

July
2015
Career Catalyst
Herbert Cooper
Use this guidance to conduct comprehensive due diligence assessments and help ensure your acquisitions — of equipment, technologies, facilities, or companies — are operationally and technologically successful.

CEP: Spotlight on Safety - Sensing Safety

August
2015
Spotlight on Safety
Louisa Nara
Most of us are fortunate enough to have five working senses — sight, hearing, touch, smell, and taste. We use these personal, internal feedback loops to perceive and understand our surroundings, which makes our senses some of our most valuable and essential safety equipment. Before the advent of optical, vibrational, and auditory sensors, the chemical process industries (CPI) depended on sensory perception to identify operational upsets or changes. Although sensing equipment is now ubiquitous in CPI facilities, we must also use our senses to collect critical safety data, rather than blindly relying on equipment to signal unsafe conditions.

CEP Editorial: Help Grow AIChE’s Apprentice Program

April
2013
Editorial
Cynthia Mascone
If you are a young professional under the age of 35 and are willing to assume a leadership role in AIChE (on a project of your choice), the AIChE Foundation, through its Young Professionals Apprentice program ( CEP, Sept. 2012, p. 72), will...

The Growth of a Chemicals Industry in Russia

October
2014
Global Outlook
German Dyakonov, Nelly Lyzhina, Nadir Ziyatdinov
Russia’s chemicals industry has experienced ups and downs since its formation. Although the country was hit hard by the Great Recession, it appears to have bounced back and is now investing in modernizing highly outdated equipment and processes.

SBE Special Section: Lignocellulosic Biofuels - Full 32-Page Supplement

March
2015
SBE Special Section
Tristan R. Brown, Robert Brown, Sergio C. Capareda, Bruce E. Dale, David Edwards, Vonnie Estes, Cesar Granda, Mark Holtzapple, Sagar Lonkar, Darlene Schuster, Charles Wyman
SBE Update; The Need for Biofuels; Producing Biofuels via the Thermochemical Platform; Producing Biofuels via the Sugar Platform; Producing Biofuels via the Carboxylate Platform; Scaling Up Bioenergy Technologies; Commercial-Scale Production of Lignocellulosic Biofuels

The Road to Sustainability

June
2007
Special Section
Darlene Schuster
What are some of the resources available to support industry's implementation of sustainability?

Bioactive Devices: Uniting Form with Function

March
2013
SBE Special Section
Sujata Bhatia
Bioactive implants that combine a medical device with one or more biologic therapeutic agents show promise for the targeted treatment of complex medical conditions. Implantable medical devices, such as stents, grafts, and joint replacements, are...

Understand the Basics of Process Analytical Technology

August
2013
Instrumentation
Joseph Alford
Biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies can reap benefits from PAT, which involves identifying critical process parameters (CPPs) that influence key product attributes and controlling these CPPs to improve process efficiency and product consiste

Ten Steps to an Effective Bin Design

November
2013
Back To Basics
Eric Maynard
Before choosing a bin and hopper for your bulk solids application, the flow properties and characteristics of the powder or bulk material must be known. Use this ten-step approach to determine the optimal bin design for your process.

CEP: Career Corner - Is Starting a Consulting Practice Right for You?

June
2014
Career Corner
Loraine Kasprzak
Are you considering starting your own engineering consulting practice? One of my best career moves was leaving my corporate position to open my own consulting firm. Perhaps, like me, you were bitten by the entrepreneurial bug, or perhaps your current employer is downsizing and a severance package will provide you with the opportunity you have been waiting for — not to mention the cash reserves you need to get through your first year. Consulting may seem like a glamorous career, one in which you get to work when you want and make lots of money. Nothing could be further from the truth. You must be able to work without having the structure and accountability that being employed by someone else provides.

CEP: Editorial - Energy Cost Averaging

March
2015
Editorial
Cynthia Mascone
Last year, when we chose biofuels as the topic for this issue’s Society for Biological Engineering (SBE) supplement, we did not anticipate the precipitous drop in oil prices of recent months. As we were pulling the articles together, guest editor Mark Holtzapple expressed concern that oil prices would be low when the issue appears. “If readers do not think too deeply, they might say ‘These academics are sure out of touch. Don’t they know oil prices are low?’”

CEP: Spotlight on Safety - Verify, then Act

May
2015
Spotlight on Safety
Louisa Nara
Verify-then-act is a practice and mindset that all engineers and personnel in the chemical process industries (CPI) should adopt. Mixing the wrong chemicals, setting temperatures or pressures outside of safe operating limits, or performing a step out of sequence can result in a range of consequences, from a bad batch or loss of production to a catastrophic incident. However, simply verifying before acting can reduce the risk of these penalties and save time, money, and lives.

New Products: December 2015

December
2015
New Products
Instrumentation Temperature Transmitters Feature Dual Sensor Inputs The THZ 3 and TDZ 3 two-wire (loop-powered) temperature transmitters provide an isolated and linear 4–20-mA output proportional to input. They can be configured quickly and easily...

Algal Biofuels: The Research

March
2011
SBE Special Section
Kuan-Chen Cheng, Kimberly Ogden
The individual technical elements of the algae-to-biofuels process have already been demonstrated at the laboratory scale. Ongoing research seeks to refine the technology to enable scaleup to commercial production.

CEP: Editorial - Elements of Fun

September
2014
Editorial
Cynthia Mascone
This is an expanded version of the Editorial that appeared in the print version of Chemical Engineering Progress, September 2014. Whenever I come across an interesting article or tidbit of information in the general media that I think might make a...

Revive Your Columns with Cyclic Distillation

December
2015
Reactions and Separations
Costin Sorin Bîldea, Anton A. Kiss
This process intensification technique involves changing a tower’s internals and operating mode and the separate movement of the liquid and vapor phases. This can significantly increase column throughput and reduce energy requirements, while improving separation performance.

CEP: Career Corner - Don’t Stop Learning

December
2013
Career Corner
Loraine Kasprzak
When was the last time you learned something new for your job? A generation ago, chemical engineers could expect to settle into a well-defined position at one company and remain there for an entire career. Today, things could not be more different. Many engineers change jobs at least once, or take on additional responsibilities that require new knowledge and skills.

CEP: Editorial - ChemEs Just Need to Have Fun

January
2014
Editorial
Cynthia Mascone
Last month, I wrote about creativity and pointed out two ways to spark your creativity — relax, and look at things in a fresh way. As I was researching that editorial, I kept coming across another creativity booster: fun.

Complete Your Capital Project Efficiently

January
2015
Career Catalyst
Glen Rosentrater
Capital projects are complicated and can be fraught with all sorts of issues. Follow these guidelines for safe and efficient work — to avoid problems, maintain relationships, and ensure your success as a construction manager.

Refocusing Chemical Engineering

January
2002
Special Section
Edward L. Cussler, Edward L. Cussler
To adapt to changes in the industry, chemical engineers will require a change in mindset, as well as an enhanced skillset.

SBE Special Section: Biopharmaceuticals (Full 19-Page Supplement)

December
2015
SBE Special Section
Chun Chen, Chetan T. Goudar, Huong Le, Todd Przybycien, Nigel Titchener-Hooker
SBE Update: Continuous Progress in Biopharmaceuticals; Continuous Processing in Upstream Operations; Continuous Processing in Downstream Operations; A Look at the Regulations

CEP: Editorial - Batteries — Can’t Live without Them …

October
2013
Editorial
Cynthia Mascone
And living with them isn’t always easy, either. Two experiences drove the latter point home to me recently. As we were working on this issue with its special section on lithium-ion batteries, both of my laptop’s batteries — the main battery that...

SBE Supplement: Biochemical Engineering - Cell-Free Bioprocessing

November
2013
SBE Special Section
James Swartz
The ability to exploit a cell’s contents and capabilities unimpeded by cell walls opens new opportunities for the field of biochemical engineering. Cell-free biology could become the basis for making products from hydrogen to cancer vaccines and more.

CEP: Editorial - Getting ChE Education Right — Part 2

June
2014
Editorial
Cynthia Mascone
Our discussion of chemical engineering education began in the April issue, with the news story “How Well Are We Preparing ChE Students for Industry?” and my editorial, “Getting ChE Education Right.” This month, we look at education again, with two more articles. The April articles resonated with Russ Rhinehart, a professor at Oklahoma State Univ., and inspired him to write a letter to the editor, which became this issue’s Commentary, “Educating Students to Become Engineers” (pp. 14–15). By coincidence, the AIChE Journal Highlight, “A Broader Role for the Evolving Engineer” (p. 13), also focuses on education.

Consider the Role of Safety Layers in the Bhopal Disaster

December
2014
Safety
Dr. Ronald J. Willey
As the situation unfolded, numerous layers of protection failed. Take a look at the safety layers that worked and those that did not, and ask whether there are similarities at your facility.

Make Your Plant More Energy-Efficient

December
2005
Heat Transfer
Alan P. Rossiter
Improve energy management by optimizing current equipment and operations, implementing economic investments, and engaging in sustaining activities.

Recombinant Protein Therapeutics from CHO Cells -- 20 Years and Counting

October
2007
SBE Special Section
Dr. Wei-Shou Hu, Karthik P. Jayapal, Katie F Wlaschin, Wei-Shou Hu and Miranda G. S. Yap
The CHO cell is at its height of technological prominence thanks to its adaptability to various culture conditions and plasticity in the context of genetic alterations. With further research, the application ofCell Culture Strategies based on...

AIChE Journal Highlight: A Sustainable Approach to Process Safety

November
2015
Journal Highlight
Process safety engineering involves the use of fundamental engineering knowledge (e.g., thermodynamics, fluid dynamics, and kinetics) to develop and apply measures to prevent, mitigate, and respond to catastrophic incidents. The objective of this...

Calendars

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

Moving Process Safety into the Board Room

September
2015
Safety
B. Karthikeyan
Top management is often unfamiliar with the high-risk process safety decisions being made on a daily basis by plant managers. Incorporate this method into your management of change (MOC) procedure to ensure that all decisions are consistent with your organization’s risk-tolerance level.

Books - November 2015

November
2015
Books
Success Strategies from Women in STEM: A Portable Mentor, 2nd Edition Peggy A. Pritchard and Christine Grant, Eds., Academic Press, San Diego, CA, $44.95, 518 pages, July 2015, ISBN: 978-0-12397-1-814 This comprehensive guide compiles career advice...

Spotlight on Safety: Enable Employee Growth and Success

November
2015
Spotlight on Safety
Albert Ness
On a recent talk radio program, Zeynep Ton, the author of the book The Good Jobs Strategy, discussed the defining factors of a good job — fair wages, predictable schedules, and opportunities for growth and success. The last element — opportunities...

CEP: Software

September
2015
Software
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...

New Products - November 2015

November
2015
New Products
Product Digest: Heat Transfer Plate Heat Exchanger Facilitates Efficient Operation The TK20 semi-welded, gasketed plate heat exchanger is suited for applications where high efficiency is key, such as evaporators, condensers, desuperheaters, and...

The Malaysian Chemicals Industry: From Commodities to Manufacturing

November
2015
Global Outlook
Dominic C. Y. Foo
A wealth of natural resources is an advantage for Malaysia’s chemicals industry. Since it became independent in the mid-20th century, the country has evolved from a commodities-based economy into a technology and engineering hub

Process Safety Beacon: Wrong Hose Causes Ammonia Leak

November
2015
Process Safety Beacon
One morning in July 2009, at a plant in South Carolina, a truck of anhydrous ammonia was unloaded into a storage tank using a hose stored on the truck trailer. Shortly after the transfer started, the unloading hose ruptured and released a cloud of...

Israel’s Chemicals Industry: From the Desert to the Dead Sea

October
2015
Global Outlook
Since Israel’s independence in 1948, its chemicals industry has flourished thanks to the Dead Sea and the minerals it provides. A highly educated and skilled workforce makes this small nation a global power player in the pharmaceutical and electronics industries.

Institute News

November
2015
Institute News
Board of Directors’ and Institute Awards; SBE Names Bailey and Wang Awardees; New Journal: Bioengineering & Translational Medicine; Giving Tuesday Challenge; AIChE Foundation Honors McKetta with Naming of Honor Society; Your AIChE Membership: Discounted Products and Services

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: What's New

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

What's New - Expo Preview

June
2012
New Products
Read about products and services on display at the Air and Waste Management Association Annual Conference and Exhibit.

Process Safety Beacon: Water, Water Everywhere...

October
2015
Process Safety Beacon
Water can be found throughout most chemical processing facilities — whether it is being used to clean buildings and equipment or as a lubricant, seal flush, or process solvent. Water also serves as a common heat-transfer fluid, suitable as cooling...

What's New?

May
2012
New Products
See the latest in laboratory equipment—benchtop meters featuring intelligent sensors, instrumentation, operations and maintenance, and materials.

CEP: What's New

September
2014
New Products
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CEP: What's New

January
2014
New Products
Read about new products and services in the areas of instrumentation, fluids and solids handling, and laboratory equipment.

CEP: What's New

July
2014
New Products
Read about new products and services in the areas of bioprocessing; instrumentation; environmental, health, and safety; laboratory equipment; and materials and chemicals.

CEP: What's New

December
2014
New Products
Read about new products and services in the areas of heat transfer, instrumentation, environmental, health, and safety, and operation and maintenance.

CEP: What's New

May
2015
New Products
Read about new products and services in the areas of heat transfer; fluids and solids handling; environmental, health, and safety; materials and chemicals; and operations and maintenance.

Product Digest: September 2015

September
2015
Product Digest
This month's topic is pumps. Dosing Pumps Offer Smooth Operation These dosing pumps are suitable for intermittent or continuous dosing in high-pressure, low-flow applications. They are a cost-effective and reliable alternative to more-costly gear...

Books - October 2015

October
2015
Books
Mindware: Tools for Smart Thinking Richard E. Nisbett, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York, NY, $27, 336 pages, Aug. 2015, ISBN: 978-0-37411-2-677 Scientific and philosophical concepts can change the way we solve problems by helping us to think more...

Institute News

October
2015
Institute News
MAC will Honor Pioneers of Diversity Diversity Summit McKetta Celebrates 100 Years AIChE Gala Your AIChE Membership: Group Insurance Benefits

CEP: New Products

August
2015
New Products
Read about new products and services in the areas of fluids and solids handling, materials and chemicals, bioprocessing, and operations and maintenance.

CEP: What's New

November
2012
New Products
Read about new products and services in the areas of heat transer; instrumentation; environmental health and safety; materials and chemicals and laboratory equipment.

Material Matters: Robots Enhance Inspection

October
2015
Material Matters
Kirk Richardson
On July 4, 1997, the Mars Pathfinder delivered a six-wheel rover, named Sojourner, to the red planet to explore the terrain and demonstrate the feasibility of low-cost landings on the Martian surface. NASA completed that successful mission with...

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