holistic approach to sustainability

Circular Economy and Closing the Loop in Case Studies    

  Source: https://www.the-future-of-commerce.com/2020/01/23/closed-loop-production/ Recently I blogged about how to address Circular Economy considerations in engineering and applied science settings and how companies too can learn to adapt. It is fast becoming a necessity as industry recognizes the criticality of a holistic approach to sustainability. For example, the UK last year announced £22.5m in government funding for five new R&D centers focusing on the circular economy and…


circular economy

Teaching & Learning in the Circular Economy

  Since the industrial revolution there have been waves of technology and innovation.  We all remember the movie “The Graduate” and that technology wave told to Dustin Hoffman in one word: PLASTICS.  The next wave came along in the chemical/petrochemical and pharmaceutical industries.  It also brought along the US Environmental Protection Agency, where, as many of you know, my career began.  Now, we all see the next wave coming with the Circular Economy. What does this mean?  The three…


automated filtration technologies

Ebook Explores Automated Filtration Technologies for Clarification Applications

Over my almost 40 years in the process industry, many people have helped me along the way. Having opened my own consulting business, Perlmutter & Idea Development, I thought it time to give back to the engineering and process communities. Earlier this year I taught a short course in the American Filtration Separations Society Learning Center, “Automatic Filtration Technologies.” This month, I have released a related e-book, Framework for Selecting Automated Solid-Liquid Filtration…


medicinal cannabis

Product Quality for Medicinal Cannabis and Cannabinoids

As a member of the Nectar Health Sciences Board of Directors, I’ve become well versed in the cannabinoid and terpenes marketplace technologies from hemp processing to final product. Drawing on my experiences with Nectar, a privately-owned cannabinoid isolation and extraction company, I thought I’d discuss product quality for medical cannabis and cannabinoids. Nectar's experienced scientists and industry experts are dedicated to commercializing a unique and patent-pending cannabinoid isolation…


Wearables & Drones for Process Safety    

  It has been difficult to conduct onsite business during the pandemic, but we all must adjust and innovate to meet client’s needs. Fortunately, digital technology is offering us many alternative ways to ensure process safety. In this blog, I’ll discuss what I’ve seen so far with wearable technology and drones. Wearable technologies have seen rapid growth during the pandemic. They are lightweight, safe, and cost-effective devices that can help improve operational efficiencies, speed-up…