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Looming on the Horizon: 32nd Achema Adresses Tomorrow's Challenges

Achema 2018 Outlook

Looming on the Horizon: 32nd Achema Adresses Tomorrow's Challenges

01/16/2018 - Considering today’s work pace an event mid 2018 feels pretty far away. But — then again … read...

How to Find the Best Cleaning Nozzle for the Job?

Simulation Beats Trial-and-Error

How to Find the Best Cleaning Nozzle for the Job?

12/21/2017 - How to find the best cleaning nozzle for the job? One can always try it out — or save the hassle by using state-of-the-art simulation tools. It’s the optimal arrangement of the nozzles inside the tank that lays the foundations for reliable cleaning results. A new simulation software helps customers to find the most suitable nozzle system for the cleaning task at hand. Furthermore, it identifies potential weak points during the development phase and explores potentials for optimizing existing systems, thus avoiding planning errors, reducing downtimes, and ensuring more efficiency and process reliability. read...

Can a Process Plant stay Forever Young?

Plant Engineering

Can a Process Plant stay Forever Young?

12/20/2017 - Stimuli for plant engineering and operation from service life consideration to wear and fatigue models — How long is the service life of your plant? A recent Dechema event tracked down the links between maintenance, diagnostics and analytical procedures … Also present: Materials specialists, new guidelines and impulses from practice. Lifelong learning for the service life of the plant and a call for individual responsibility. How realistic is the zero-error-plant? read...

How to Benefit from CFD Simulation

How to Benefit from CFD Simulation

12/15/2017 - CFD Simulation in Chemical Reaction Engineering — The goal of reaction engineering is to optimize transport processes (heat transfer, mass transfer and mixing) in order to improve yield/conversion of desired products whilst ensuring the safe operation of the reactor. CFD simulation can help maximizing yield while minimizing costs. read...

How to Maintain Your Dust Collector in Top Shape

Dust Collector

How to Maintain Your Dust Collector in Top Shape

12/05/2017 - An underperforming dust collector is often the result of very high dust loading, ineffective cleaning, or a combination of the two. Left unchecked, these problems can result in unplanned downtime and increased operating costs. So, while this is not necessarily an exhaustive rollout of potential issues, listed below you will find a handy checklist of measures you and your staff can take to avoid costly shutdowns and frequent filter changes. read...

Forging Digital Links

BASF 4.0 Initiative

Forging Digital Links

12/01/2017 - BASF wants to forge digital links to connect manufacturers, service provide. The BASF 4.0 initiative will catapult the giant chemical company into the digital age. Included is a project with SAP built around a database which will be shared by suppliers, engineering partners and maintenance partners. In the future, information will flow in real time over digital communication links. read...

Safe Contract Manufacturing With Zero Contamination

Success Factor Containment

Safe Contract Manufacturing With Zero Contamination

12/01/2017 - Contract manufacturers are working with challenging customers and require highly sophisticated equipment. CordenPharma is now going the extra mile. With the construction of a new, fully-contained development lab for high potency compounds, covering all manufacturing process steps for the development and production of tablets, the company is able to achieve unequaled OEL (Operator Exposure Limit) levels of less than 1 µg/m³. This is the first step towards zero contamination. read...

How to Attain High Accuracy Using Air-Operated Double-Diaphragm (AODD) Pumps

AODD Pumps

How to Attain High Accuracy Using Air-Operated Double-Diaphragm (AODD) Pumps

11/27/2017 - For a leading European animal-feed producer AODD pumps are the ideal choice for an enzyme-dosing application — last not least to the joy of gourmet goats. read...

Increase the Value of Spices by Gentle Steam Sterilization

Steam Sterilization

Increase the Value of Spices by Gentle Steam Sterilization

11/24/2017 - The color, smell and taste — what would cuisine be without spices? Presumably bland. But how could producers extend the shelf-life without compromising the magic of spices? Ava has found a way. read...

Universal Isolated Barriers Assign Signal Type in One Click

Interface Technology

Universal Isolated Barriers Assign Signal Type in One Click

11/23/2017 - Additional signal circuits are required when it comes to expanding capacity in processing facilities with hazardous areas of food and beverage industries, like distilleries. These signal circuits depend on measured variables from the explosion-hazardous area being transferred to the control panel and, conversely, signals from the control system being transferred to actuators in the field. Hardware intervention at interface level can have an impact on plant availability. The task is always to keep this impact at the lowest possible level. read...