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Chemicals, Hot off the Printer: Additive Manufacturing in Chemicals and Pharma

3D-Printing and Additive Manufacturing

Chemicals, Hot off the Printer: Additive Manufacturing in Chemicals and Pharma

09/17/2018 - What has advent of additive manufacturing in store for the process industry? – The 3D-printer becomes a gamechanger: While some companies set themselves apart by using customized materials or dream of the pill out of the printer, others fear the impending marginalization of the chemical industry. Gold rush or hangover? An industry is looking for answers between polymer filaments, prototypes and printed pills. read...

How to Improve Resource Efficiency in the Petrochemical Industry

Petrochemicals: Resource Efficiency

How to Improve Resource Efficiency in the Petrochemical Industry

09/06/2018 - More from less — that was the slogan of the More project, whose goal was the definition of real-time indicators for more resource efficiency in the process. But how to monitor the complex production processes of a cracker? The two consortium participants Ineos and S-Pact developed a ready-to-use feed stream analyser based on Raman Spectroscopy. A real success story paid off in cash. read...

Building Bridges Between the Continents: European–Chinese Cooporation at “VDMA Flagship Industry 4.0 Conference”

Industry 4.0/China-Europe

Building Bridges Between the Continents: European–Chinese Cooporation at “VDMA Flagship Industry 4.0 Conference”

08/31/2018 - The first “VDMA Flagship Industry 4.0 Conference” concluded on June 13, 2018. A total of more than 200 experts, scholars and visitors gathered together to exchange and discuss the current status of the manufacturing industry development and the leading technology in Germany and China. read...

Dosing Done Differently: Pump Efficiency is Energy Efficiency

Dosing Pump

Dosing Done Differently: Pump Efficiency is Energy Efficiency

08/31/2018 - A new dosage pump solution offers more than just lower life-cycle costs — Pump efficiency is energy efficiency. But do you have to sacrifice dosing accuracy for energy saving? As power consumption becomes a premier cost factor for pumps, one should consider alternative technologies. read...

Reducing Iron Fragment Contamination: Discover the Filtration Solution That Takes the Heat

Filtration/Reducing Iron Particles

Reducing Iron Fragment Contamination: Discover the Filtration Solution That Takes the Heat

08/29/2018 - How to reduce contamination from iron fragments, sand, and mineral particles in recycled cooling water — Production downtime tears a hole in manufacturers pockets. Preventing interruptions is therefore a main topic on the agenda of each production manager. Read in this article how the right filtration solution could reduce contamination in recycled cooling water and protect from system shut-downs and production loss. read...

How the US Drug Supply Chain Security Act Impacts Manufacturers Catering to American Markets

US Drug Supply Chain Security Act

How the US Drug Supply Chain Security Act Impacts Manufacturers Catering to American Markets

08/24/2018 - The US Drug Supply Chain Security Act and the EU Falsified Medicines Directive both contain similar basic requirements in terms of serialization. However, while the overall objective – a safer drug supply chain – is the same on both sides of the Atlantic, the respective regulations differ widely in many aspects. read...

It's an Ideas Thing: Polymer Plant Engineers Think Bigger

Chemical and Polymer Project Engineering

It's an Ideas Thing: Polymer Plant Engineers Think Bigger

08/24/2018 - Engineering begins with an idea at a one-stop specialist for chemical and polymer projects – Can a process that traces its roots back to the 19th century become even better today? Can the production capacity of a PET plant be enhanced by over 100 % without replacing the main reactor? And can a one-stop engineering provider still have a specific solution for each problem? The answer to all this questions is — yes, with the right ideas. read...

Industry 4.0 – What Happens to the Humans?

Industrial workplace 2025

Industry 4.0 – What Happens to the Humans?

08/22/2018 - Prof. Peter Groche, leader of the Institute for Production Technology and Forming Machines (PtU) at Darmstadt TU, is certain that “the move towards autonomous production is a holistic challenge for society”. The Institute is a member of the Scientific Society for Production Technology (WGP), which this summer will publish its viewpoint paper on Industry Workplace 2025. read...

“EPC Responsibility is a Key Driver” – Future Challenges in Engineering

Interview: Engineering Trends

“EPC Responsibility is a Key Driver” – Future Challenges in Engineering

08/22/2018 - Thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions about the trends, opportunities and challenges facing Thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions — Asked Helmut Knauthe, Head of Technology, Innovation and Sustainability, sees the business unit’s customer proximity and concerted efforts to boost its competitiveness, develop products and services tailored to customers’ needs, and research into areas such as resource efficiency, renewable energies, climate protection and digitization as key to delivering better technological solutions. read...

Small and Flexible Engineering: Modular Thinking Outside the Box

Modular Engineering

Small and Flexible Engineering: Modular Thinking Outside the Box

07/26/2018 - Modular engineering with future proof flexibility — Unprecedented flexibility in engineering with safe installation in shorter timeframes. Modular engineering could bring a construction kit for 'plug and produce' process plants — and thus fits right into the portfolio of an engineering specialist that focuses on a functional turnkey approach. It nevertheless might require engineers to think outside the box... read...