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Water Consumption with 80% Reduction

Posted on June 27th, 2016 by

Chemical Manufacturing Excellence

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Water is a necessity to textile production, however water resources are often limited in many of the countries that rely on the textile industry. Those countries’ populations have experienced negative impacts, such as drinking water contamination, from chemical processing. Continue reading “Water Consumption with 80% Reduction” »

Sustainability in Instrumentation and Process Control: Don’t Forget the Politics

Posted on June 23rd, 2016 by

Chemical Manufacturing Excellence

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Overwhelmingly, instrumentation and control professionals focus on identifying problems, solving them and ensuring that the solutions remain operational.  Continue reading “Sustainability in Instrumentation and Process Control: Don’t Forget the Politics” »

Aerogel: The World’s Lightest Super Material

Posted on June 22nd, 2016 by

New Materials & Applications

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In the late 1920s Dr Samuel Kistler made a bet with his colleague that gel’s defining characteristic was its structure, not its liquid properties. Continue reading “Aerogel: The World’s Lightest Super Material” »

LCD Screens Do Grow on Trees

Posted on June 22nd, 2016 by

New Materials & Applications

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For one advanced materials company, money apparently does grow on trees. Continue reading “LCD Screens Do Grow on Trees” »

Arson at West Fertilizer: Does this change anything?

Posted on June 21st, 2016 by

Chemical Manufacturing Excellence

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“This tragic accident should not have happened.” Vanessa Allen Sutherland, Chairperson, United States Chemical Safety Board, 29-Jan-2016 Continue reading “Arson at West Fertilizer: Does this change anything?” »

The Typical Innovator

Posted on June 20th, 2016 by

Chemical Manufacturing Excellence

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As the popular story goes, true innovators labor alone, hidden, toiling over their invention. Iteration after iteration, moving through a learning cycle that removes an idea that didn’t work. Continue reading “The Typical Innovator” »

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