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    • 17 Oct 2017

    Blog: Laser Gas Analyzers for Optimizing Ethylene Production

    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 goes toward polyethylene , a widely used plastic containing polymer...
    • 13 Oct 2017

    Blog: Successfully Addressing NERC CIP Cybersecurity Standards

    The power industry is perhaps the furthest along in hardening their cybersecurity defenses due to the work of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) on the critical infrastructure protection (CIP) cybersecurity standards—now at version 6 . In a Power magazine article, Tackling NERC CIP and Cybersecurity at America’s Largest Gas-fired Cogeneration Plant , this electrical energy and steam energy...
    • 11 Oct 2017

    Blog: Integrating Analytics Across Process Development Lifecycle

    For batch processes found in industries such as pharmaceutical & biopharmaceutical, food & beverage, specialty chemicals, etc., analytics technology advancements are helping to improve quality, consistency and reliability. I caught up with Emerson’s Zuwei Jin for an update on these advancements and how they are being applied. He put together a chart of the process analytics landscape. The orange lines...
    • 27 Sep 2017

    Blog: Advantages of Ultrasonic Welding for Packaging Applications

    Today on the final day of PACK EXPO 2017, Emerson’s Mike Mediana presented on the topic, Migrating from Traditional Package Sealing Technologies to Ultrasonics in Flexible Packaging Applications . Mike’s presentation focused on how consumer preference is driving the increasing demands for flexible packaging in the medical, consumer product, and food and beverage industries. He shared how ultrasonic sealing...
    • 26 Sep 2017

    Blog: Packaging Machine Operations with Zoned Safety

    At the PACK EXPO conference , Emerson’s Enrico De Carolis described the challenges packaging lines face in maintaining safety to keep operational personnel out of harm’s way and be compliant with stringent machine safety regulations. Despite ongoing pressure to reduce total incident rate (TIR), data from a 2016 report by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reveals manufacturing accounted...
    • 25 Sep 2017

    Blog: Avoiding Contamination in Packaging Lines

    Having spent my career to date on the process manufacturing side of automation, it’s great to be at PACK EXPO , a conference for people involved in packaging products. A stroll down a supermarket aisle, electronics retailer or other consumer business shows how varied this packaging can be. The exhibition hall floor is filled with automated machines performing functions such as bottle filling and sealing; pouch...
    • 21 Sep 2017

    Blog: 3 Ways to Improve Packaging Line Flexibility for Increased Production

    You only have to walk down a supermarket isle to appreciate the diversity in the packaged goods we purchase. What was once a choice of glass jars or cans for many products now includes re-sealable bags, individual packaged servings, packaging made with recyclable feedstock, etc. Consumers, with their busy on-the-go lives, are creating this demand for convenience. Manufacturers providing these packaged products are...
    • 21 Sep 2017

    Blog: 3 Ways to Improve Packaging Line Flexibility for Increased Production

    You only have to walk down a supermarket isle to appreciate the diversity in the packaged goods we purchase. What was once a choice of glass jars or cans for many products now includes re-sealable bags, individual packaged servings, packaging made with recyclable feedstock, etc. Consumers, with their busy on-the-go lives, are creating this demand for convenience. Manufacturers providing these packaged products are...
    • 13 Sep 2017

    Blog: Best Practices for Solving Crude and Fuel Blending Challenges Webinar

    It used to be that refineries had a fairly constant and predictable supply of crude with similar properties coming in. Blending on the front end with the crudes and on the back end with the fuels produced were optimized for the crude oil properties. ...
    • 8 Sep 2017

    Blog: Gaining Experience in the Refining and Petrochemical Industries

    The work is ongoing along the Texas & Louisiana gulf coast to come back from the massive flooding from Hurricane Harvey. A MarketWatch article notes that more that 20% of the total U.S. refining capacity was shut down and only slowly now coming back online. And an RBN Energy post highlights the impact on the natural gas liquids (NGL) and petrochemical manufacturers in this region. As a key supplier to these industries...