The Right Hands for the Job: Alloys

The Right Hands for the Job: Alloys

Mar 23, 2011

For any project requiring alloy equipment, the best thing to do is look at the experience and expertise with the alloy. The first requirement for a fabricator should at a minimum be ASME Section VIII Div 1 certified for the manufacture of pressure vessels, even for equipment not requiring pressure service.

What’s the Value of a Skid System?

What’s the Value of a Skid System?

Nov 9, 2010

When first considering your options for a new process design, one very important question to ask is: What’s the value of a skid system? There are many advantages to using a skid system, particularly for processing companies that intend to grow their business.  If the process is likely to be expanded in the future, the skid can be designed to accommodate...

What Is a Skid System?

What Is a Skid System?

Oct 28, 2010

A skid system is any process implement, operational device or system that can help a customer save time and money, or increase flexibility by assembling a group of modular pieces together as a single unit.  This includes: Pump carts Bio waste deactivation systems CIP systems Multi-story modular systems All of these systems fall under the broad umbrella of a...

Stress Corrosion Cracking

Stress Corrosion Cracking

Sep 17, 2010

Unexpected or premature failure of chemical process equipment constitutes a serious hazard in terms of personnel, plant, and environmental safety. By weakening reliability, such failures also adversely affect productivity and profitability. Modern experience in chemical plants has been that failures due to environmental cracking are among the most serious of such problems, making up about 20 to 30% of all corrosion failures. The purpose of this article is to discuss in simple terms some of the pertinent information.

Utility Panels: Stick Build vs. Engineered to Order

Utility Panels: Stick Build vs. Engineered to Order

Jul 12, 2010

Utility panels bundle high purity and/or utility service piping from a grey space and transition them to a clean, organized, and efficient point-of-use location in the classified production area. Traditionally, utility panels are stick built on site by the piping contractor, but with the advent of modular construction they are now being procured as engineered to...

The Changing Science of Process Cleaning and CIP

The Changing Science of Process Cleaning and CIP

May 14, 2010

The science of process cleaning is changing. Considerations for process cleaning and CIP now include much more than they did just a few years ago. Energy efficiency, water usage, waste reduction, and solids recovery have all begun to affect the design of process cleaning systems. For any products that go into or on our bodies, the hygienic integrity of the...