11/1989 - 12/1997 Chemiestudium (Dipl.-Chem.) und Promotion (Dr. rer. nat.) an der Technischen Universität München – Schwerpunkt Technische Chemie; seit 01/2000 Redakteur PROCESS; seit 01/2006 stellv. Chefredakteur PROCESS; seit 01/2019 Chefredakteur PROCESS – Schwerpunkte: MSR-Technik/Prozessautomatisierung, Pumpen/Kompressoren
... after not quite four years! Even the radar experts from the German Black Forest area themselves were surprised that the rather conservative market accepted the new technology so quickly. A look back and into the future.
Plant construction without annoying interfaces — There are not many technology and plant construction firms who can cover the full range of engineering services. But the EPC Group can! PROCESS visited the traditional — yet highly innovative — company from Thüringen/Germany.
What is going on at hygienic pump specialists Hilge, now present in the market as GEA Hilge after the acquisition by the GEA Group? Recently, the company gave the trade press a glimpse into its goals and objectives and also introduced a new hygienic pump.
Microbiologists, biochemists, and chemical engineers need to cultivate organisms in a highly controlled manner. As such, bioreactors have become integral to the pharmaceutical, food, and chemical industries. In order to successfully fulfill experimental requirements, suitable conditions and parameters must be provided, which include accurate temperature control, i.e., heating and cooling.
The digital twin of a plant is a virtual image, which not only allows internal process states to be displayed transparently, but also allows process optimizations to be worked out. Take the example of steam crackers — the king’s class of process plants — and learn how models, simulations and digital twins can be used to generate benefits over the entire life cycle of plants.
It stands as the benchmark: Those who operate with thermowell strength calculations in accordance with the globally recognised standard ASME PTC 19.3, will protect themselves against all eventualities. With the additional mark of “TW-2016”, the standard specifications are now available in a revised version. The revision provides some clearer and more-detailed definitions.
Maximum value and life cycle from steam control valves wanted! But how to achieve it? To find the answer, not only the steam control valve itself has to be viewed closer. Twelve steps lead to proper installation and application of control valves.
Evaluating (and minimizing) water hammer in a liquid sampling system — A common yet often unidentified problem poses a significant threat to any liquid sampling system. It is called water hammer, and it may be lurking in a system, ready to wreak havoc on fluid system components. How to mitigate water hammer?
Guided Wave Radar (GWR) technology has transformed the way process companies measure level in challenging applications: Providing accurate and reliable results, GWR modules have no moving parts, reducing maintenance to a minimum. Critical for a GWR application is, nevertheless, the correct installation.
For the production of sulfuric acid and oleum, fertilizers, batteries and detergents as well as oil refining, chemical synthesis, and wastewater processing an accurate and reliable measurement of sulfuric acid is important.
Single-use systems are gaining ground in the upstream and downstream processing of biopharmaceutical production. One of their strengths is flexibility — but at the same time it is a challenge for measurement technology. For example, level measurement must be as flexible and efficient as the entire single-use equipment.
Operational Excellence is high on the agenda at many companies. Production process optimization presents new challenges, but it also offers new opportunities. The following article describes the Bayer Technology Services approach.
The digital future is all about communication. Big data applications turn huge amounts of raw data into usable information for detailed analysis and informed decision making. IoT-enabled devices seamlessly integrate into comprehensive communication infrastructures. End-to-end Ethernet provides the enabling technology for direct communication free from platform limitations and hierarchical structures. Cloud-based solutions allow the access to any information anytime and anywhere. Industrie 4.0 is finally becoming reality.
Selection and configuration of centrifugal pumps — Even though it doesn’t make happy reading for manufacturers of displacement pumps, centrifugal pumps are generally regarded as the workhorse of the process industry — with an estimated market share of around 80 %. And workhorses need to be properly looked after, meaning that operators can reduce trouble down the line with a more careful selection and configuration of centrifugal pumps. Here are some ideas and suggestions for this …
Whether pH, dissolved oxygen, conductivity, viable cell density or redox, while analog sensors have been the product of choice in many areas and still are, modern intelligent sensors offer a range of advantages.
The Sandvik Group’s expertise in sulphur solidification has been well established over many decades and its Rotoform system has now been installed at most of the world’s major refineries. On example is Hellenic Petroleum’s Elefsis refinery near Athens.
Virtual worlds have until now mainly been known from the field of computer games. But through information technology, they have also found their way into industrial automation. What are the opportunities and risks of a production plant in a virtual environment and how can virtualization solutions be implemented?
Harmonization of European laws has increased the stringency of requirements covering design, safe use, and leakage control in pumps. When handling inherently hazardous liquefied petroleum gases (LPGs) pump designs should tick all the regulatory boxes as well as bring economic benefits to operators.
If you want to see the checkered flag, you need to get your pit stop strategy right. The same applies to plant inspection, maintenance and revamp. With good turnaround organization and management, a plant shutdown can be turned into a competitive weapon. We were in The Netherlands to witness a refinery turnaround.
Ever since the 1920s, Phoenix Contact has been driven by one thing: the pursuit of “better.” Already in its early years, the company demonstrated with its first series terminal block, the so-called RWE terminal block, that it works closely with its customers on all new developments. Then and today, it has always been about connectivity: from the field, through mapping and on to connectivity to the process control level. And time and time again, Phoenix Contact products have spearheaded new technology trends.
Highly flexible and modular production plants with decentralised automation enable the process industry to react to fluctuations in demand. Decentralised controllers are perfect for this. Festo developed a tool for programming these controllers to enable simple application engineering in line with the Module Type Package (MTP) from Namur and ZVEI.
Filtration centrifuges provide a good method for mechanically separating suspended solids from liquids. Separation in a centrifugal field generated by equipment rotating at high speed has a number of advantages compared to simple vacuum and pressure based techniques.
Guided Wave Radar (GWR) transmitters are often favoured devices, as they — unlike traditional mechanical technologies — virtually have no moving parts, reducing maintenance costs and extending operational life. Many GWR installations require a separate instrument chamber, and choosing the right chamber is important for rapid installation, accurate measurements and reliability.