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The New Knovel is Live!

Posted on October 18th, 2017 by

Chemical R&D

New Knovel blog

I was excited to tell you about the redesigned Knovel platform last week, and how it will help engineers save time, address health and safety risks in manufacturing, and operate more efficiently and effectively. The new Knovel is now live Continue reading “The New Knovel is Live!” »

Not Your Father’s Assembly Line

Posted on October 18th, 2017 by

New Materials & Applications

RoboGate Assembly Line

Image [crop from original] by Comau via

Would Henry Ford be more amazed by the technological complexity of contemporary automobiles or that of the contemporary assembly lines which produce them? Continue reading “Not Your Father’s Assembly Line” »

In Pursuit of Safer Chemical Substitutions

Posted on October 17th, 2017 by

Chemical R&D


When less-hazardous chemicals can substitute more dangerous ones, it makes sense to take on the responsibility of re-engineering the processes if it will minimize the risk. That’s why a growing contingent of R&D teams and manufacturing facilities are now replacing substances of very high concern (SVHC) Continue reading “In Pursuit of Safer Chemical Substitutions” »

Taking on the High Cost of Corrosion

Posted on October 16th, 2017 by

Chemical R&D


The problem of America’s aging infrastructure is one that we hear lamented on a regular basis.

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Air vs. Steam Atomization Part 9 – Economics (Atomizing Air vs. Atomizing Steam Production)

Posted on October 13th, 2017 by

Chemical Manufacturing Excellence


Previous posts discussed incineration, atomization, stack losses and plant air production. From previous discussion, atomizing approximately 210 lb/min of liquid waste would require approximately 70 lb/min of atomization gas, which corresponds to 4200 lb/hr of steam or 933 cfm (70 lb/min / 0.075 lb/ft3) of atomizing air. Continue reading “Air vs. Steam Atomization Part 9 – Economics (Atomizing Air vs. Atomizing Steam Production)” »

Bio-inspired Materials: The Conch Shell

Posted on October 12th, 2017 by

Chemical R&D

From the very first wheel, the process of engineering has always been deeply inspired by nature. The Wright brothers, for example, spent hours studying the flight of birds before designing their airplane.

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