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    Distillation Columns and Internals for Today's Process Challenges

    Posted by Lennis Perez

    May 23, 2019 11:17:00 AM

    (Note: This article was derived from Chemical Engineering Magazine’s April 2019 article Distillation: It’s What’s on the Inside that Counts by Joy LePree, featuring De Dietrich Process Systems.  For more information and to see the original article in its entirety, click here.)  

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    Topics: columns, distillation

    The Modernization of Chemical Plants

    Posted by Lennis Perez

    Nov 8, 2018 1:24:00 PM

    Old QVFIf you were a chemical engineering major in college like me, most of your time in school was probably consumed with writing lab reports, solving complicated math problems, and completing copious amounts of physics and chemistry homework.  My curriculum did require a few humanity classes (I guess to diversify the repertoire of the engineering student’s workload), but little time was spent learning about the actual history of chemical plants.  Don’t you think it would have been interesting to take a “Chemical Plants History” class?

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    Topics: upgrades, process systems

    Pilot Testing Options

    Posted by Lennis Perez

    Jul 12, 2018 11:21:00 AM

    Pilot testing imageTesting in the chemical industry, often referred to a pilot testing, can provide great feedback with a much lower risk. It is recommended to run a “pilot test” before making major decisions, especially those who carry a large financial investment for your company.  During pilot testing you are essentially creating a miniature version of a production-scale operation in order to replicate the environment of your process on a smaller scale. The test will help ensure you get the end results you want.  

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    Topics: engineered systems, glass systems, engineering services, process systems

    Frequently Asked Questions about Columns and Column Internals

    Posted by Lennis Perez

    Nov 30, 2017 11:03:00 AM

    Bubble cap tray column for waste air cleaning.pngLike a lot of other types of process equipment, columns are a complex apparatus that involve many parts working together as a system. It may look like just a big, long pipe from the outside, but there is an intricate network of components inside, each tasked with a specific job to do (for more information on this read An Introductory Guide to Columns and their Internal Components blog post).

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    An Introductory Guide to Columns and their Internal Components

    Posted by Lennis Perez

    Oct 12, 2017 4:03:00 PM

    Bubble cap tray column for waste air cleaning.pngColumns are an essential piece of equipment in most chemical processes. As a chemical engineer, this is one of the key subjects you learn in school. But what if you didn’t study chemical engineering and somehow end up in the world of process systems?  This article was written to give you an overview about columns, whether you are new to the subject or need a refresher.

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    5 Reasons your Company Should Consider Product Recovery

    Posted by Lennis Perez

    Jun 22, 2017 11:01:00 AM

     Fotolia_54266143_L.jpgProduct recovery is an old concept, yet it is still relevant to many industrial operations.  Inevitably there will be some level of wastage in a process, that’s to be expected; but in many cases the amount of waste and/or the value of the product makes recovery a viable option to consider.  The market is constantly changing, bringing forth innovative, new solutions and improvements to existing equipment that you can utilize to recover more product, adjust to higher purity requirements, and potentially reduce energy consumption. Here are the top 5 reasons why you should consider recovering your product:

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    Topics: process optimization, process systems, product recovery

    Material of Construction Options for Chemical Process Plants

    Posted by Lennis Perez

    Apr 27, 2017 11:00:00 AM

    QVF5.jpgWhen it comes to building a process plant, there are many material of construction options for you to consider.  For some plants, the application itself can dictate what MOCs are needed.  Previous experience, continuity and plant standards can also play a crucial role in this decision. 

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    Topics: process systems