Reduce Carbon Footprint and Improve Production

As the cost of fuel increases, so do the concerns about energy optimization and safety. This podcast/interview discusses how a Chemical company uses Gas & Vapor monitoring systems to lower energy, reduce their carbon footprint and improve their plant-wide production during a project expansion.

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.

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

 

 

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. 

Progressive Energy, Environment and Sustainability Summit: May 29-31

On May 29th - 31st we will be presenting at the FMA Annual Progressive Energy, Environment and Sustainability Summit. This summits target owners, managers and operators of commercial, industrial, and retail facilities so that they may learn and understand how to better achieve and surpass their strategic goals of energy efficiency, usage, cost & environmental footprint reduction within their facilities.

What's Damper Control and how can it help my application?

According to NFPA-86, additional Solvent Vapor Analyzers can be installed onto a process to specifically control damper positions. By adding additional LFL Analyzers to safely automate the dampers, the amount of ventilation air needed to maintain a safe LFL level in an oven would be minimized...and what does this mean? You can save money. In fact often times, by automating damper controls on ovens, as much as a 50% reduction in fuel costs can be realized. So the cost of adding solvent vapor analyzers would be quickly recouped.

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