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Filtering Forward

  Welcome to 2016; hope everyone had a safe, healthy and enjoyable New Year. Anyone who has been in the filter industry long enough knows that politics play a role in the directions taken in advancing technology. In February, Bloomberg examined the Obama administration’s decision to walk away from clean coal in favor of wind, solar, and natural gas efforts. I was proud to see one of our clients, SaskPower, touted as a full-scale clean-coal plant. SaskPower’s Boundary Dam doesn’t simply…


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Fireworks & Filtration. Happy 2016.

  Photo by MIO ITO on Unsplash With 2015 drawing to a close, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on the year. The release of the first edition of my Solid-Liquid Filtration Practical Guide for Chemical Engineers prompted me to start this blog. So far, it’s been great. I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to expand on my belief that good solid-liquid filtration process engineers proceed with caution and test, test, test. I’ve opined about the need for consistent filtration ratings, advised against…


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Travel, Present and Learn. Join me.

  Photo by Tom Barrett on Unsplash I was in Singapore in October for the Gastech Singapore 2015 for a very interesting week learning about many things, including LNG engineering. Celebrating 50 years as an independent nation, Singapore has been ranked the number one country for “ease of doing business” for the past nine years by the World Bank. Singapore is very cosmopolitan; you can see different types of people living harmoniously and easily interacting with each other. My trip included…


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The Engineer in the Wild

Photo by Jake Melara on Unsplash Business Week recently featured an excellent feature detailing the tragedy of Kate Matrosova. But what does that have to do with filtration technology? Well, let's consider her story first. The 32-year-old trader with a love for adventure set out on an epic solo hike across New Hampshire’s mountains and encountered “the most hellish weather seen in many seasons.” Friends remember her as a brave woman with a power within her who, although equipped, was beaten by…


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Don't Jump. Look Behind the Data.

  Photo by Larry George II on Unsplash Engineers from all over the world have the same interests and problems: how to increase production, how to save costs, how to improve operations, etc.  My recent presentation at the Middle East Process Engineering Conference (MEPEC) addressed these issues with a new approach to MEG reclamation. But the conference was also an opportunity to think anew about process engineer responsibilities. While in Bahrain for the conference, I had the chance to…