Archive for the ‘Chemical’ Category

Laser Gas Analyzers for Optimizing Ethylene Production

Posted in Analyzers, Chemical on Tuesday, October 17th, 2017. No comments yet
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The ethylene molecule consists of a double bond between carbon atoms and four hydrogen atoms bonded, two to each carbon atom. Per the Wikipedia Ethylene entry, it: …is widely used in the chemical industry, and its worldwide production (over 150 million tonnes in 2016[5]) exceeds that of any other organic compound.[6][7] Much of this production […]

Digital Transformation in the Chemical Processing Industries

Posted in Chemical, Industrial IOT on Thursday, June 15th, 2017. One comment so far
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How are companies in the chemical processing industries looking at Industrial Internet of Things technologies to improve their operations? This question was the focus of a Chemical Engineering article, The Digital Transformation in the CPI. The article opens describing this digital transformation occurring: More and more, smart sensors and equipment that contain smart diagnostic features […]

Gaining Insights in Addressing Corrosion and Flaring Challenges

Posted in Chemical, Event, Refining on Wednesday, March 15th, 2017. 2 comments so far
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The American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) Annual Meeting is rapidly approaching—March 19-21 in San Antonio Texas. It is: …the world’s premier refining meeting, assembling key executives, decision-makers, and technical experts from refining businesses, technology providers, contracting and consulting firms, and equipment manufacturers around the world. If you’ll be attending, make sure to catch several […]

Optimizing Distillation for Increased Methanol Capacity

Posted in Chemical, Support Services on Monday, September 26th, 2016. No comments yet
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Author: James Gremillion When the process licensor designed your methanol plant, everything fit together to exactly produce the nameplate amount of methanol yearly. In the design there were necessary tradeoffs made because of costs, physical size, availability of materials, etc. In designing the distillation section, for example, the licensor did a calculation of how many […]

Avoiding Corrosion while Increasing Urea Production

Posted in Chemical, Level on Thursday, August 18th, 2016. No comments yet
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Author: James Gremillion One of the key problems urea plants face is corrosion. The corrosion problem rests with one chemical produced by the urea process, ammonium carbamate. Ammonium carbamate is produced by reacting ammonia and carbon dioxide at high pressures (up to 200 bar) in a special reactor. The urea reactor is a reactor vessel […]