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Topic: Rotating Equipment
FEATURE REPORTS

Summary: This Feature Report will provide information on field performance testing for centrifugal compressors, including discussions of operating principles, testing and performance calculations, relevant standards, practical considerations and more. 
Related equipment and services: Centrifugal compressors, reciprocating compressors, and other rotating equipment, such as pumps, motors and others, as well as sensors and testing devices
Relevant industries: Compressors are widely used across the chemical process industries (CPI) for various applications

Topic: Overpressure Protection
FEATURE REPORTS

Summary: Pressure-relief systems are used throughout the chemical process industries, wherever there is the potential for pressure to develop and possibly exceed design conditions. This two-part Feature Report addresses overpressure protection. Part 1 examines overpressure protection systems designed to shut off the source of pressure upstream from the affected part of the process. This way, a critical vessel would be isolated from the pressure before material is released by the opening of a pressure-relief device. Part 2 discusses common causes and problems associated with overpressure, as well as how pressure-transmitter suppliers address it in the design and construction of their instruments. 
Related equipment and services: Pressure-relief valves, rupture disks, pressure transmitters, pressure-relief systems and instrumentation and all other instruments related to pressure relief
Relevant industries:  This topic is relevant throughout the CPI, wherever pressure can develop.

Topic: Quantum Dots
NEWSFRONTS

Summary: Quantum dots are nanoparticles with semiconducting properties. While their most high-profile end use is currently in the display screens of high-end televisions and other consumer electronics, there are many emerging applications where quantum dots hold promise, including photovoltaics, photochemistry, sensors, water purification and more. This Newsfront article will evaluate some of these evolving applications and also look at different manufacturing techniques for quantum dots.
Related equipment and services: Laboratory and analysis equipment, reactors, simulation and modeling software, nanomaterials
Relevant industries: Nanotechnology, solar power, water treatment
Editorial material for consideration should be sent to associate editor Mary Page Bailey (mbailey@chemengonline.com)

Topic: Column Internals
NEWSFRONTS

Summary: Columns are widely used in the CPI for separation and purification via distillation or absorption. These unit operations can be enhanced by including internals, such as baffles, trays and a wide variety of packings. This month's Equipment Newsfront will present the latest innovations in column internals, and the advanced simulation tools used for optimization.
Related equipment and services:  Trays, packing (random, structured and so on), baffles, columns, simulation software
Relevant industries: Petroleum refining, petrochemicals, pharmaceuticals, fine chemicals and environmental applications.

Editorial material for consideration should be sent to contributing editor Joy LePree (joylepree@gmail.com)

Topic: Drying
FACTS AT YOUR FINGERTIPS

Summary: This one-page reference will compare and contrast convective drying approaches and equipment with conductive approaches.
Related equipment and services: Rotary dryers, fluidized-bed dryers, ovens, spray dryers, solids handling equipment, vacuum-system equipment, evaporators, moisture sensors and analyzers
Relevant industries: A wide range of industry sectors use drying processes, including pharmaceuticals, food, chemicals, paints, pulp and paper, wastewater treatment, biofuels and others

Topic: Polyacrylonitrile Production
TECHNOLOGY PROFILE

Summary: Polyacrylonitrile (PAN) is a widely used industrial polymer, often found as a component in copolymers, such as ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene), when strength is important. In addition, PAN is commonly used as a precursor in processes that make carbon fibers. This process description will summarize the production of PAN.
Related equipment and services:  A wide range of process equipment is involved in the process
Relevant industries: Plastics, polymers, specialty materials, carbon fibers

Focus: Analyzers
FOCUS

Summary: Analyzers are used throughout the entire life of a product, from laboratory work in research and development, through scaleup in pilot plants and into production, for process control and quality control. This month's Focus will present the latest in analyzers that have recently entered the market.
Related equipment and services: All types of analyzers, including those for spectrometry (AA, UV-VIS, IR, NIR, FTIR, Raman, X-ray, and more), chromatography, calorimetry, viscometry, pH and more
Relevant industries: All sectors of the CPI use analyzers

Editorial material for consideration should be sent to senior editor Gerald Ondrey (gondrey@chemengonline.com)

Topic: Cautionary Tales about U.S. Patent Rights
YOU AND YOUR JOB

Summary: Publish or perish is a maxim in the scientific community, where scientists are encouraged to share their work quickly and often. Scientists spend considerable time and effort seeking grants, submitting abstracts to conferences and scientific journals, and presenting and publishing their research. They may also collaborate with other scientists, discuss their work with investors, or offer their products for sale. Although each of these activities may lead to prominence or even profits, scientists who act too soon or share too much can create a risk of forfeiting their own U.S. patent rights. Cautionary tales of inventors who have risked their own U.S. patent rights provide valuable insight for scientists in developing their own best practices.
Related equipment and services:  Laboratory and analysis equipment, patent search services, design software
Relevant industries:  Patents are an important part of research and development in all CPI sectors.

Topic: Using Portable Gas Detectors
ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGER

Summary:  CPI operations often involve hazardous flammable or toxic gases, which have the potential to escape and threaten those working within plants or possibly even those living nearby. Incidents may escalate, resulting in environmental damage, explosions or loss of life. Plant workers have been carrying types of portable gas detectors for years — one of them being their noses. So, it is already understood that detecting and avoiding noxious gases is a valuable capability. Recent developments in portable gas-detection leverage new technology for realtime tracking of the industrial workforce. These wireless-based solutions connect wearable gas detectors with the distributed control system (DCS) through the cloud. This article provides guidelines and best practices for the use of gas-detection technologies, including a look at the applications for wearable devices.
Related equipment and services:  Gas detectors and other personal protective equipment, such as respiratory protection; safety equipment and alarms
Relevant industries: Gas detection is important wherever hazardous gases are a possibility.

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