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David W. Spitzer, P.E.
Principal at Spitzer and Boyes, LLC
About the author:
After receiving his MSEE in optimal control, David obtained over 25 years experience in many facets of instrumentation, process control, electrical, and utility engineering, including conceptualization, estimating, design, construction, startup, operation, troubleshooting, and teaching. David is a registered Professional Engineer and also served on the board of directors of Weed Instrument. He has worked for United States Steel, Mobay Chemical, and Nepera Chemical, and has consulted for numerous other companies worldwide. David is currently on the editorial advisory boards of Intech, Intech Brasil, Flow Control magazines, and on various ASME committees for the measurement of fluid flow. He is an author of several textbooks used in the industry and has taught numerous training seminars internationally for over 20 years.
Posts by David W. Spitzer, P.E.
Posted on January 31st, 2017 in Chemical Manufacturing Excellence
Previous posts discussed the various domains of sustainability as related to energy conservation as related to instrumentation and control. For review: Sustainability is the capacity to endure; it is how systems remain productive indefinitely; it is the endurance of systems and processes. Sustainability includes four interconnected domains: processes, economics, politics and culture. Continue reading “Energy Conservation Part 6 – Holistic Approach” »
Posted on January 24th, 2017 in Chemical Manufacturing Excellence
Instrumentation and control professionals are knowledgeable in various disciplines and are typically in a good (and sometimes unique) position to improve the utilization of energy in their plants. Continue reading “Energy Conservation Part 5 – Innovation” »
Posted on January 19th, 2017 in Chemical Manufacturing Excellence
In the previous post, a process change reduced the amount of fuel necessary to produce a given amount of steam resulting in significant energy cost savings over the intended life of the equipment. Continue reading “Energy Conservation Part 4 – Environmental Impact” »
Posted on January 12th, 2017 in Chemical Manufacturing Excellence
Energy conservation typically involves changing energy-related processes to improve economics while mitigating the detrimental effects of culture and politics. Note that not only does the previous sentence encompass all four domains that comprise sustainability but it also alludes to inter-dependencies between the process and its economics. Continue reading “Energy Conservation Part 3 – Processes and Economics” »