This issue focuses on the challenges of acidic slurries and vacuum filtration. First, there is a paper by Garrett Bergquist, the BHS Process & Application Engineer, which is being presented at the AICHE annual meeting in San Francisco. In this article, Garrett discusses belt filter technologies, materials of construction and proper vacuum belt selection. Following this is a presentation about the laboratory filtration testing capabilities of BHS. Finally, BHS has supplied a fully-mobile vacuum belt filter skid including vacuum pump, separators, instrumentation and PLC controls.
This issue focuses on the challenges of particle size analysis both off-line and in-process and how the particle size and shape impacts the filtration system designed to handle the specific solids. Two articles, one from Mettler-Toledo and one from Micromeritics, discuss analytical approaches to particle analysis. The follow-up to this is a BHS discussion of troubleshooting filtration systems and how focusing on the particle sizes can resolve a problem.
This issue focuses on new challenges of clean-in-place (CIP) for chemical and pharmaceutical operations. One article is from CH2M and EI Associates and discusses preventing contamination. The follow-up to this is a BHS presentation from the ACHEMA Conference, Frankfurt, June, 2015.
Finally, to our readers, thanks again for your feedback and if you missed any issues, please click on the following link: A&SoF to view them. Our goal this year is a deeper dialog and engaging conversations with the many authors, bloggers, tweeters and experts from our industry.
This issue focuses on new challenges in the chemical, pharmaceutical and oil and gas industries and the development of new processes. One article is from ACHEMA 2015-Decision Briefs and the second is from SEFAR AG, a leading filter media supplier. The BHS blog discusses how BHS has met an “offshore….yes, an offshore challenge.”
This issue focuses on process scale-up both for specialty chemicals as well as for bioenergy. The two articles discuss how to scale up and how technology may change based upon which is the current stage-gate of the scale-up. One article is from Chemical Engineering Progress and the other is a case study from BHS illustrating a process scale up from batch candle filtration to the commercial scale which required continuous vacuum filtration.
In keeping with our mission of providing a “true” newsletter, first, you will see a new photo. I was meeting a customer in a Charlotte hotel lobby for an initial visit for lab testing at BHS and he did not recognize me; hence, the new photo.
Secondly, the BHS laboratory is now fully-functional in our facility being managed by Garrett Bergquist, our Lab & Pilot Filtration Testing Engineer.
The focus of this issue is “Thinking Like Sherlock Holmes.” Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson are fictional characters of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Process engineers who live in the real-world can learn many things from the two of them for solving process filtration problems.
In recent months, there have been many articles about modular construction of plants and skids systems. In Business Week, there was an interesting article about building complete plants in other locations and then shipping these plants to the site. In a recent Chemical Engineering article “Thinking Inside The Box” the benefits of modular skid fabrication was discussed over a “stick-build” approach. These articles are summarized below.
This newsletter will have a focus on innovation, collaboration and expansion. In two recent articles from DuPont Performance Polymers and the Wall Street Journal, innovation and collaboration have been center-stage. These are profiled below in conjunction with how BHS addresses innovation and collaboration with our clients.
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