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Force Majeure Because of Fire in BASF Plant

Citral Plant Shut Down

Force Majeure Because of Fire in BASF Plant

11/10/2017 - On October 31, a fire occurred during the startup of the Citral plant in Ludwigshafen. Consequently, BASF had to shut down the plant and had to declare Force Majeure for its Citral and Isoprenol based aroma ingredients. read...

Position Paper on Atex Directive Available

Germany: Separators

Position Paper on Atex Directive Available

08/21/2017 - Following the replacement of Directive 94/9/EC by the Atex Directive 2014/34/EU, the position paper „Atex Directive — Filtering Separators“ serves as the basis for reliable evaluation of filtering separators. The position paper is now available as an online version in English. read...

Teijin Expands Capacity for Aramid Production in the Netherlands

The Netherlands: Para-Aramid Products

Teijin Expands Capacity for Aramid Production in the Netherlands

07/17/2017 - Teijin Aramid is going to expand its aramid production capacity for its Twaron super fiber and will invest in new spinning technology at the facility in Emmen, the Netherlands. The start-up of the new facility is scheduled for the first quarter of 2019. read...

Augment the Safety Aspect: How Process Control Becomes a Plant Safety Cornerstone

Plant Management/Safety

Augment the Safety Aspect: How Process Control Becomes a Plant Safety Cornerstone

06/30/2017 - Enhanced plant management helps to realize smooth and safe operation — Maintaining a safe operating state is essential in process industries, as any incident or malfunction may have fatal consequences. State-of-the-art control technology is designed to supervise and control a process within a defined and safe operating state. But there are always risks for deviation caused by interruptions or unplanned conditions. Plant personnel need to be aware of differences between actual and planned operating states — and eventually to take action to quickly bring the process back under control. read...

Overpressure Protection System Compared: PSV or HIPPS?

Safety/Overpressure Protection

Overpressure Protection System Compared: PSV or HIPPS?

06/26/2017 - Protecting process systems from overpressure scenarios — Protecting valuable equipment and piping from overpressure is usually achieved by pressure safety valves. Yet, sometimes, these measures face limitations due to facilities constraints and other factors. High Integrity Pressure Protection Systems offer an alternative approach. read...

Articles

How New Intrinsically Safe I/O Modules Redefine the Range of Application for Automation

I/O System

How New Intrinsically Safe I/O Modules Redefine the Range of Application for Automation

06/12/2017 - With its 750 XTR Series of products since 2014, Wago offers a solution that broadens the range of use for machines and systems with regard to environmental conditions and external interference factors, while providing the highest degree of flexibility. Now, Wago has defined a new dimension of use with the latest development for the 750 XTR Series. read...

NEWS

Lanxess Expands Production of Alternative Flame Retardant

USA: Flame Retardant Production

Lanxess Expands Production of Alternative Flame Retardant

Specialty chemicals group Lanxess has announced the successful completion of a project which increases the capacity of its Emerald Innovation 3000 flame retardant production unit from 10,000 to 14,000 mt per year. read...

What Impact Will Brexit Have on Standards and Compliance for Hazardous Area Industries?

UK: Brexit

What Impact Will Brexit Have on Standards and Compliance for Hazardous Area Industries?

Tim Marks represents the Aemt as a member of BSI, IEC, and IECEx standards committees for Explosive Atmospheres and Rotating Electrical Equipment. He looks at some of the issues facing the Hazardous Area industry now that the UK Parliament has agreed to Brexit. read...

Metso's Emergency Shutdown Valves Safeguard Petrochemical Processes

Oman: Valves and Controls

Metso's Emergency Shutdown Valves Safeguard Petrochemical Processes

Metso announced that it will supply 400 Neles emergency shutdown (ESD) valves for an ethylene cracker as part of the new Liwa Plastics Industrial Complex (LPIC) Project in Sohar, Oman. read...