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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Scaling, fouling and oxidation are the natural enemies of reverse osmosis (RO) systems in water treatment—especially in the food and pharmaceutical industries. Proper process monitoring and control of critical parameters such as pH, ORP, conductivity, flow, temperature and differential pressure can provide advanced warning and protection of scaling, fouling or chemical attacked. If early warnings are ignored, the membrane may become irreparably damaged.
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.
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?
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?
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.
Biopharmaceutical manufacturing may come in a wide variety of forms, but every iteration of unit operation must adhere to an unbending set of operational parameters and structures if the desired outcome — a viable, contaminant-free drug suitable for human or animal administration — is to be realized. It is all about “controlled fluid transfer.”
Keeping NGL (Natural Gas Liquid) pipeline components operating in optimal condition is an ongoing challenge for the oil and gas industry. Rising temperatures in the liquid pumps and the resulting issues for their seals represent one such challenge.Learn how you can profit from dry gas seals.
The goal of debottlenecking is to increase production capacity at an existing plant by making modifications to the equipment configuration or workflow. This is accomplished by eliminating bottlenecks that limit throughput. It can be an extremely profitable exercise for users, because in most cases debottlenecking adds extra capacity at a fraction of the cost of new build or expansion. PROCESS has put together some practical examples.
The basic sealing task in mixing applications is to seal the rotating shaft as it passes through the vessel wall. Depending on the operating conditions — pressure, temperature, agitator speed, etc. — different types of seals are used. As this article shows, mechanical seals offer many advantages over other types of seals. Particularly if hazardous or explosive substances are being mixed, a mechanical seal is mandatory.
The heroic age has passed. Very little revolutionary process technology has emerged in the chemical industry in recent years. No pioneering achievements like Haber-Bosch. Nevertheless, the labs are still alive and well — a journey to the world of developers and innovation.
There are different technical and administrative requirements on the one side for active storage of chemicals and on the other side for passive storage of chemicals. When do we refer to active storage and when to passive storage? Discover, what is important for safe hazardous substance storage in this article.
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.
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.