Wolfgang Ernhofer ♥ Process Worldwide

Wolfgang Ernhofer


Aus vielen Gründen über das Labor zum Journalismus: Nach meiner Ausbildung zum Chemielaboranten und Berufserfahrung in Labor und Qualitätssicherung in der Lebensmittelindustrie habe ich Journalismus studiert. Anschließend gefielen die Vorbildung und meine Leidenschaft für Bewegtbild und Online unserem Chefredakteur anscheinend so gut, dass er mich als Volontär eingestellt hat. Nach zwei Jahren Volontariat bin ich als Redakteur bei PROCESS geblieben und noch immer hier, bei unserem tollen Team.

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The same as before? The new Covestro management board – former Bayer Material Science – was named. Patrick Thomas has been confirmed as Chairman of the Board of Management.
Bayer Material Science Reposition

Covestro Gets New Management Board

From September 1, 2015, Bayer Material Science will be known as Covestro. Now the Supervisory Board of Bayer Material Science – in future: Covestro – has named the members of the future Board of Management. Known managers will be in on it, like newcomers. Their aim: Stock market launch of the new independent company by midyear 2016.

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What customers want: The five demands for EPC business models.
New Work in Engineering Business

Re-Thinking EPC Business Models

Say goodbye to the Lump-Sum-Turnkey-Project: Engineering of the future has to be networked, cooperative and transparent — The necessity to re-think the way EPC companies do business in the digital age is one of the key findings of a recent benchmark study. This requires a completely new work from technology-loving plant engineers. The hunt for new ideas and competent minds is in full swing...

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Compared to a conventional screw heat exchanger the new design, a 2:1 screw pitch ratio — and a corresponding 1:2 speed ratio between the two shafts —  provides self-cleaning operation, aided by narrow gaps between the screw flights.
Modified Screw Heat Exchanger

Screw Heat Exchanger Keeping Itself Clean

For many industries that produce, process, or handle bulk solids, the screw heat exchanger is a well-known piece of equipment for heating, drying and cooling. With the same working principle as a conventional screw conveyor, however, most screw heat exchangers rely on the flowability of the bulk solid for good mixing and to keep their heat transfer surfaces clean. As a result, these standard screw heat exchangers cannot be used for sticky, pasty or adhesive materials or slurries.

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Major components laid out for inspection. Centrifugal Pumps will only perform at their best if operators provide the right kind of preventive and protective maintenance.

Chemical Pump Maintenance

Transfer pumps form a key part of any chemical plant. These pumps must operate reliably, often around the clock and handling a variety of corrosive or otherwise difficult materials. This article explains how to plan and carry out routine maintenance of centrifugal chemical pumps so as to avoid pump downtime and consequent lost production.

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The EU guidelines on "Good Distribution Practice" (GDP), amended in 2013, impose significantly greater obligations on manufacturers and freight forwarding companies dealing with pharmaceutical products.
GDP-Compliant Transportation of Pharmaceuticals

Pharmaceutical Logistics – Get GDP Into Motion

Continuous documentation, qualified vehicles, staff training: the EU guidelines on “Good Distribution Practice” (GDP), amended in 2013, impose significantly greater obligations on manufacturers and freight forwarding companies dealing with pharmaceutical products. They transfer the already familiar principles of the Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) from pharmaceutical manufacturing onto the streets.

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Florian Habeck, Assistant Tank Manager for Roche Diagnostics, relies on Atex-certified Almatec AODD pumps for reliable, efficient, and safe handling of flammable solvents used in pharmaceutical production. The high-capacity Almatec E80 Series pump is affectionately known around the plant as “Big Bertha”.
AODD Pumps

Prescribing Safe Solutions: Handling Waste Solvents Safely

Pharmaceutical giant Roche relies on Almatec AODD pumps to handle waste solvents safely—Air-operated double-diaphragm pumps from German manufacturer Almatec have proved an ideal solution for Roche, one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical manufacturers, in handling waste solvents, many of which are flammable, toxic, or both. A relationship spanning 25 years was first built on Almatec’s A-Series pumps, and now continues thanks to the company’s economic and efficient E-Series models.

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Charging valves in the freeze drying have to work reliably.

Preserving Aroma Substances in a Better Way

The freeze drying method is a process used in the production of pharmaceutical products, medication, as well as in food, and has proved itself to be very successful. This process is the most expensive and is thus used in the production of valuable substances, sometimes products which are sensitive to temperature. They may be stored at room temperature and may be used immediately if needed. Within the process the shut-off-valves have to be particularly effective.

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Volume swell of PFE 7502BZ Cpd in percent as compared to standard PO PFE- and High Temp PFE Cpd.
FFKM Sealing Technology

Reliable Sealing? – It Depends on the Compound!

High-Performance FFKM Sealing Technology for Pharmaceutical, Food and Beverage Industries —Chemical, Pharmaceutical, Food and Beverage industry processes can be mighty tough on seals. Their rough conditions and exacting regulations keep scientists on their toes looking for solutions to meet even more difficult demands. Perfluoroelastomers, also known as FFKMs, are establishing themselves as very useful materials in these fields.

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