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16 minutes | Mar 23, 2022
Maintenance: Turn Firefighters into Forest Rangers
When it comes to machine maintenance, digital tools promise a lot — from improving safety, meeting production targets and eliminating unplanned downtime to filling skill gaps and regulating supply-chain issues. But simply alerting users to machine malfunctions isn't enough to transform your business. To gain insight, Chemical Processing spoke with Tim Sykes, heavy industry machine health lead at Augury, a machine health solutions provider that combines advanced sensors with AI capabilities and human expertise.
22 minutes | Feb 17, 2022
Data Lassos Supply-Chain Challenges
Supply-chain issues, global competition and the need to deliver high-quality products are challenges facing many chemicals manufacturers today. To meet these challenges, you must keep track of inventory, improve operations, make better products and drive smart, sustainable growth. It’s a tall order but the right tools will help.
27 minutes | Dec 31, 2021
Drive Reliability Improvement Via CMMS Data
Utilizing maintenance data to make key business decisions results in improved equipment reliability, optimized costs, improved safety, and environmental impacts. However, there are many challenges due to a lack of know-how, resources, and data quality issues. To understand and mitigate those challenges, Chemical Processing spoke with Manjish Naik, Product Manager at GE Digital.
11 minutes | Nov 30, 2021
Confidently Convey Difficult Materials
Efficient conveying solutions that protect workers from hazardous dust, fumes and odors.
16 minutes | Oct 25, 2021
Solutions Spotlight: Safe Sample Systems Bolster Bottom Line
Grabbing samples of hazardous chemicals in liquid and gas states is challenging but necessary. Manufacturers rely on quality samples to ensure products specs and operators rely on this equipment to help them grab those samples. But not all sampling platforms are the same.
14 minutes | Oct 21, 2021
Solutions Spotlight: Durable Probe Proves Safe And Efficient For pH And Gas Analysis
Solution promises to reduce sensor maintenance, improve process performance, and ensure a safe work environment in the chlor-alkali industry.
16 minutes | Aug 4, 2021
Solutions Spotlight: Pressure-Based Measurements Level Challenges
While liquid tank level is one of the basic measurements used in process plants, its importance cannot be overstated. Incorrect high level measurements can cause vessels to overflow leading to lost product, a safety hazard or an environmental problem. Incorrect low level measurements can burn out pumps and can cause problems with inventory control. Enter differential pressure level measurement, which infers liquid level in a vessel by measuring the pressure generated at the bottom of the vessel. To better understand this long-standing technology, Chemical Processing spoke with Nicholas Meyer, Industry Marketing Manager, Yokogawa Corporation of America.
26 minutes | Jul 13, 2021
Solution Spotlight: Surrogate Testing Saves Money, Materials And Lives
The use of surrogate testing is a valuable tool in ensuring that contained dust collectors are meeting several requirements including environmental, employee health and safety and production cleanliness and efficiency. Traci Purdum, executive digital editor of Chemical Processing, spoke with David Steil, pharmaceutical market manager at Camfil Air Pollution Control, to better understand surrogate testing. David has a Bachelor of Science degree in safety and industrial hygiene. He spent more than 12 years with Wyeth Pharmaceuticals as a member of its corporate environment health and safety group. David is a member of the International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineering and the American Industrial Hygiene Association.
9 minutes | Dec 2, 2020
Solutions Spotlight: Not All Check Valves Go With The Flow
Pardon the pun, but check valves are fairly straight forward -- they ensure flow in only one direction. In most designs, the upstream fluid force pushes a spring-loaded poppet open, allowing flow. An increase in downstream or back-pressure force drives the poppet back into the seat, stopping reverse flow. But their simplicity shouldn’t be taken for granted. Chemical Processing spoke with Brian Strait, Business Development and Marketing Manager at Check-All Valve Mfg. Co., and learned that not all check valves are created equally.
28 minutes | Sep 17, 2020
Solutions Spotlight: Monitor Your Water Quality
One of the most commonly used compounds in the chemical industry is water – not only as a solvent in processing, but also as an energy carrier in the cooling or heating cycle. Monitoring water quality can predict performance and protect equipment. Chemical Processing spoke with Amanda Scott, product management leader for the Sievers* product line at SUEZ --Water Technologies & Solutions, we discovered how implementing critical control points, such as total organic carbon (TOC) analyzers for monitoring closed-loop cooling water systems, can help ensure efficiency and productivity.
30 minutes | Jul 23, 2020
Solutions Spotlight: Benefits and Challenges of Dry Vacuum Pumps
Many chemical companies are striving to improve the reliability of vacuum systems, lower total cost of ownership and meet regulatory requirements for emissions standards and noise reduction. To address these demands as well as specific vacuum technology problems, vendors are responding with novel applications of established equipment as well as new technologies. Enter dry vacuum pumps. Chemical Processing chatted with Busch Vacuum Solutions’ Jason Stiel, Ph.D., chemical and pharmaceutical sales manager, about the benefits and challenges of dry vacuum pumps.
5 minutes | Jul 30, 2019
Minute Clinic -- Operator Performance: Human Factors
What are human factors? Dave Strobhar -- founder and principal-human-factors engineer for Beville Engineering – defines human factors and offers sound advice going forward.
6 minutes | Jul 25, 2019
Minute Clinic -- Operator Performance: Font Size Matters
In this Minute Clinic, we tackle font size requirements in regard to alarm management.
9 minutes | Jul 25, 2019
Minute Clinic -- Easy Solution to Improve Operator Performance
This Minute Clinic episode offers straight-forward solutions to help operators make better decisions.
6 minutes | Jul 25, 2019
Minute Clinic -- Operator Performance: Diagrams and Line Labelling
Diagrams and line labeling could save thousands of dollars when it comes to operator performance.
4 minutes | Jul 24, 2019
Minute Clinic -- Operator Performance: Calculate Total Operators Required
In this Minute Clinic, we learn how to calculate total operators required to cover a post position.
9 minutes | Jul 24, 2019
Minute Clinic -- Operator Performance: Alarm Targets
Many companies use targets to drive design and that can lead to negative consequences.
5 minutes | Jul 24, 2019
Minute Clinic -- Operator Performance: Alarm Redundancy
In today’s Minute Clinic, we learn about alarm redundancy without alarm duplication.
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