Chemical Processing LogoMarch 2015 Issue Preview

Ad Closing: February 12, 2015 | Material Closing: February 19, 2015

Cover Story
Companies Target Reliability Improvement
By Seán Ottewell, Editor at Large
Chemical makers are taking important steps to enhance the reliability and uptime of assets. These include improved methods for analysis of root causes and failure modes, better spare parts management, and benchmarking.

Maintenance and Operations
Correctly Commission Equipment
By Amin Almasi, Rotating Equipment Consultant
A comprehensive and conscientious approach is necessary when starting up new assets and processes to identify modifications needed to avoid potential damage and to achieve smooth operation as quickly as possible.

Solids and Fluids Handling
Select the Right Spray Nozzle
By Charles Lipp, Lake Innovation
A spray often can improve a process by providing additional surface area, dispersing material or producing impact force. Choosing the most-appropriate spray nozzle is crucial for optimizing spray performance.

Instrumentation and Control
Are We Safe Yet?
By Luis Duran, ABB
A number of elements -- ranging from safety culture to functional safety management to safety instrumented systems -- are essential for achieving effective process safety. Maintaining it requires continuous and collective efforts.

Making it Work
Corporate Initiative Pares Water Use
By Julie O'Brien, Air Products and Chemicals
A comprehensive program to assess water use at facilities worldwide and identify opportunities to save water has led to notable reductions in consumption. Here are some of the key steps taken and insights the company gained.

Energy Saver
Properly Assess Your Boiler
By Riyaz Papar, Energy Columnist
New requirements for existing and new boilers as well as process heaters are prompting boiler MACT (maximum achievable control technology) compliance efforts. Here are tips for conducting energy assessments.

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