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The Industrial Processing Equipment Blog is the place for conversation and discussion about fluid and gas handling equipment; thermal processing; solids handling; and filtration, separation and recycling. Here, you'll find everything from application ideas, to news and industry trends, to hot topics and cutting edge innovations.

Things to Come for the Internet of Things

Posted December 15, 2014 12:00 AM by IHS GlobalSpec eNewsletter

What exactly is the Internet of Things (IoT)? This IHS Engineering 360 article, the first of a four-part series, is an effort to clarify the concept, for example distinguishing it from Machine to Machine (M2M) communications. M2M provides a backbone for the interconnection of devices, and has by now been under way for about 20 years. A major problem for taking it to the next level, however, is that plant-floor devices are linked by different proprietary networks. According to the article, the solution is to establish Industrial Ethernet as a common open source network that could connect all of the automated systems in the factory and office systems as well.


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Water Treatment Trends

Posted August 17, 2014 12:00 AM by IHS GlobalSpec eNewsletter

Innovations in water treatment are driven by population growth, industrial water use, and the environment. So says George Barclay of Dow Water & Process Solutions in a Water Technology interview. Industry is the second largest consumer of treated water and has the greatest need for producing cleaner water using less energy, states Barclay. He describes work at the Dow center in Tarragona, Spain, where engineers are designing and testing an advanced reverse osmosis filtration technology that will help industrial users achieve 40% better rejection of salt and impurities using 30% less energy.


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Next Generation DCS

Posted July 30, 2014 12:00 AM by IHS GlobalSpec eNewsletter

The complexity of integrated systems within process plants increases year by year, making it more challenging to keep track of them all. Flow Control Magazine explains how an effective Distributed Control System (DCS) can make the task more manageable. A well-designed DCS can help engineers understand an automation system as a whole, even though it may contain an array of separate systems, each from a different vendor. For example, a method for intuitively visualizing process data can reduce engineering workloads as much as 60%. Cloud computing will also play an increasingly important role in DCS performance as cybersecurity improves.


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Is Hydro Fracking Causing Earthquakes?

Posted January 24, 2012 9:57 AM

A seismologist with Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in Palisades, N.Y. claims that the recent earthquake near Youngstown, Ohio was caused by the injection of fracking wastewater near a fault line. There's no shortage of controversy about the effects of hydro fracking, but can the activity cause something as demonstrative as a tremor? Is there enough information to move forward with the process or is more research necessary?

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Will Carbon Sequestration Solve Greenhouse Gas Problem?

Posted December 30, 2011 7:14 AM

The Midwest Geological Sequestration Consortium (MGSC) has begun injecting carbon dioxide (CO2) under the ground near Decatur, IL, becoming the first project in the U.S. to sequester a million tons of the greenhouse gas. Is carbon sequestration the answer to our emissions problem? What happens if the organization that originally stored the carbon can no longer monitor it? Are there other long term effects that aren't being considered?

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Is Your Plant Secure?

Posted November 25, 2011 7:30 AM

Chemical processing plants face serious safety and security issues, from threats of terrorism to simple maintenance mistakes. Improving safety and security requires more than just having the right equipment and running the right automation or monitoring software. An editorial from Chemical Processing argues that keeping your plant safe also involves improving corporate culture and cyber security. Is everyone at your plant part of the safety and security protocols? Do you require background checks on all vendors and contractors? What about surveillance?

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