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Know Your Customer

Posted on July 25th, 2017 by in Chemical Manufacturing Excellence

It might sound like a strange concept to most of us engineers and technically minded people, but in everything we do, we have a customer (or we are the customer). And stopping to think about the world through that lens every now and again can change everything. Continue reading “Know Your Customer” »

Process Plant Layout Revisited

Posted on March 23rd, 2017 by in Chemical R&D

I have more than 25 years of experience as a chemical engineer working in process design, but I also served as an associate professor at the University of Nottingham, coordinating the design teaching program for chemical engineering students. Continue reading “Process Plant Layout Revisited” »

Three Phases of Safety: The Safety Life Cycle in the Lab

Posted on January 26th, 2017 by in Chemical Manufacturing Excellence

Lab safety

“A pint of sweat will save a gallon of blood.”  George S. Patton, Jr.

 

The quote I intended to open with was “A good plan, well executed, is better than a perfect plan, poorly executed,” but when I checked, that’s not what General Patton said.  What he said was “A good plan, violently executed now, is better than a perfect plan next week.”  Continue reading “Three Phases of Safety: The Safety Life Cycle in the Lab” »

Meteors and Black Swans: Worst Case Scenarios

Posted on November 10th, 2016 by in Chemical Manufacturing Excellence

“No matter how bad things are, you can always make things worse.” Randy Pausch

We really need to stop talking about “worst-case scenarios” when we do a process hazard analysis (PHA) or a quantitative risk assessment (QRA). It’s a nonsense term.  More often than not, it is an obstacle to good analysis, not an aid. Continue reading “Meteors and Black Swans: Worst Case Scenarios” »

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