Why using a gas chromatograph isn't always the solution

It's important to find the appropriate analyzer for your application. Often times there are a few choices but when the data is appropriately assessed there is usually one that will do the job safely and accurately.

Safety and Optimization in a Painted Steel Application

The number of applications for painted steel is growing and while using analyzers to stay safe is the primary concern, you might find that in doing so you can also optimize your process.

Safety and fire codes outline the design specification for the safe operation of solvent ovens. The codes limit the maximum solvent concentration allowable to 25% LFL under worst case conditions. If the LFL exceeds 25% continuous monitors must be used. The challenge with this particular application is that can be that there is a possibility of sudden increase in %LFL. 

Global Commitment to Energy Reduction

The Global Energy Trends are showing a commitment to energy reduction!

BP's Statistical Review has provided timely and objective data about energy economics since 1951. This year at the 62nd BP Statistical Review of World Energy, they reported that in 2012, global energy consumption growth slowed to 1.8%, impacted by improved energy efficiency around the world, "The world's energy markets were driven by diverse events—including the ongoing decline of nuclear power output in Japan, the recovery of production in Libya, and rising shale development in North America".

Protect your Personnel and your Product

Even if your oven is designed for maximum load conditions, you still need protection against explosions. Often an atmosphere contains many different solvents and other materials, like resins. This requires an analyzer that when calibrated remains accurate for all constituents in the sample, not to mention runs at high temperatures.

Reducing Costs with Safety Ventilation

Energy is a significant cost of production. As energy costs rise, it becomes more difficult to pass on the increases to customers in the price of products and services. Regardless of current energy costs and trends, an energy-efficient process is more competitive. 

However, for any cost savings to be obtained SAFELY, the analyzer must be used properly. 

To find out more details read our article in Adhesives Magazine.

Cut Cost by INVESTING in Safety

Safety should be considered as a PROFIT Center and not a liability.

Is Shale Gas the Future of Manufacturing?

A lot is being said about shale gas and fracking, here is an interesting article showing how it will change manufacturing practices all over the world:

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/06/14/us-plastics-from-gas-analysis-idUSBRE95D0AI20130614

 

 

Energy Savings for Ovens and Furnaces

Let's continue our discussion on Energy Savings. This time the focus is ovens and furnaces:

In multi-zone oven applications where solvents and solvent levels change depending upon the product produced, LFL/LEL Analyzers are necessary for monitoring in order to stay safe. These analyzers need to be consistent and reliable amongst this constantly changing atmosphere.

So ... is there a way to save money and reduce energy without compromising this safety?

So Many Ways to Save Energy

In a large facility, like the one a specialty chemical company operates, there are often many opportunities for energy savings. Particularly, on the different types of process heating units.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Aluminum is infinitely recyclable, in fact 75% of all aluminum ever produced is still in use today. 

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