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Air vs. Steam Atomization Part 12 – Holistic Approach to Project Approval

Posted on January 5th, 2018 by

Chemical Manufacturing Excellence


The project described in my previous posts illustrates that obtaining project approval can be a challenging activity… especially when there is resistance to implementation, which is almost always the case in some regard. Continue reading “Air vs. Steam Atomization Part 12 – Holistic Approach to Project Approval” »

Waxing Hyperbolic About 3D Printing in 2017

Posted on January 3rd, 2018 by

New Materials & Applications

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Will 2017 be remembered as the year 3D printing matured beyond prototyping to production? Ponder this quick compilation reporting the biggest, the best, or the most impressive from the following year. Continue reading “Waxing Hyperbolic About 3D Printing in 2017” »

Concluding to “Jump” for Emergency Building Evacuation

Posted on December 27th, 2017 by

New Materials & Applications


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With urban buildings going higher and constrained footprints straining emergency egress, one company eyes a novel approach through windows rather than doors. Continue reading “Concluding to “Jump” for Emergency Building Evacuation” »

iPhone X Teardown – Don’t Try This At Home

Posted on December 20th, 2017 by

New Materials & Applications


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Before you take a butter knife to pry open your latest $1000 Apple acquisition, you may want to see how the experts do it and consider replacement part costs. Continue reading “iPhone X Teardown – Don’t Try This At Home” »

We’re Engineers, Not Wizards:  Why Didn’t the PHA Catch This?

Posted on December 19th, 2017 by

Chemical Manufacturing Excellence

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“But how can they be charged with negligence because they were not wizards, appellant’s brief does not make clear.”  —Osmond K. Fraenkel, successfully arguing before the New York Supreme Court, 1935 Continue reading “We’re Engineers, Not Wizards:  Why Didn’t the PHA Catch This?” »

Brazilian Recovery, Argentine Projects Among APLA Highlights

Posted on December 18th, 2017 by

Chemicals Industry News and Analysis


The economic recoveries in Brazil and Argentina are trickling down to the nation’s chemical industries, which are seeing demand rise and – in Argentina – the possibility of new capacity. These were among the highlights of this year’s annual meeting held by the Latin American Petrochemical Association (APLA), which ended Tuesday 14 November. Continue reading “Brazilian Recovery, Argentine Projects Among APLA Highlights” »

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