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Air vs. Steam Atomization Part 8 – Economics (Plant Air Production)

Posted on October 5th, 2017 by

Chemical Manufacturing Excellence


Previous posts discussed incineration, atomization and associated stack losses. The air compressor is loaded for approximately 30 seconds while drawing 400 kW of electrical energy and unloaded for approximately 60 seconds while drawing 60 kW. Continue reading “Air vs. Steam Atomization Part 8 – Economics (Plant Air Production)” »

3D Print Sand for Structures on the Cheap

Posted on October 4th, 2017 by

New Materials & Applications

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When your cool new generative design optimizes load bearing versus material but is cost prohibitive to 3D print in metal, think sand. Continue reading “3D Print Sand for Structures on the Cheap” »

A Brighter, Greener Future for Chemistry

Posted on October 3rd, 2017 by

Chemical R&D


There’s probably not a buzzier buzz word across all industries right now than “green,” and the chemical industry is no exception. Continue reading “A Brighter, Greener Future for Chemistry” »

Setting Limits: Boundaries of a PSM-Covered Process

Posted on October 3rd, 2017 by

Chemical Manufacturing Excellence


“The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.”  Albert Einstein

Everyone we have ever worked with is accepting if not downright enthusiastic about managing process safety. Continue reading “Setting Limits: Boundaries of a PSM-Covered Process” »

Chemical Substitutions Are The Future

Posted on September 29th, 2017 by

Chemical R&D

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In situations where hazardous chemicals can be replaced by potentially less dangerous compounds, it’s only logical to avoid hazardous chemicals as much as possible. However, increasingly stringent regulations make chemical substitution not only practical but inevitable. Continue reading “Chemical Substitutions Are The Future” »

DowDuPont Faces Challenges as Businesses Shift to Specialties

Posted on September 28th, 2017 by

Chemicals Industry News and Analysis


The decision by DowDuPont to transfer more businesses from its pending Materials Science spin-off to Specialty Products will leave the former more exposed to commodity markets and the volatility inherent in them, an analyst with Moody’s Investors Service said. Continue reading “DowDuPont Faces Challenges as Businesses Shift to Specialties” »

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