Changing from Batch to Continuous Processing

Our approaches to process engineering must always be evolving. Otherwise, we’ll never grow and innovate. Recently, I contributed a feature to The Chemical Engineer on making the change from batch to continuous processing. Here's an edited version of that article for my loyal blog readers.  As there is a push to become more efficient, many process industries have begun thinking about continuous processing. Many specialty and fine chemical operations are batch operated. It is easy and typically…


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Road Warrior's First Business Travel after 96 Days    

Photo by Sheila on Pexels.com First, let me say that in these challenging times, we all must be diligent in our approaches to our business and personal lives.  My heart goes out to everyone who has been impacted by COVID-19.  To help in my own way, I wanted to offer my recent experience with business travel. Precautions during the pandemic saw me staying put for the longest stretch of time without travel in over 35 years. Of course, it was good to be home. But the time came to get out and see…


The Wisdom of Silence this Summer

Photo by Jill Wellington on Pexels.com         2020 has gotten off to a really weird start. Many of us have been working remotely, trying to continue to design projects and meet with clients. But, even in the best of situations, we can lose track of ourselves in the process. Consider the wisdom of silence. This feeling of being pulled in too many directions at once need not be inevitable. We can find ways to ground ourselves amidst all the chaos. Create moments of stillness where you can. When…


Contribute to a Holistic Approach to Unit Operations!

Photo by Andrea Piacquadio on Pexels.com As the chemical industry changes and becomes more integrated worldwide, there is a need for information exchange. This must include not only principles of operation but practical knowledge transfer. That’s why I have agreed to edit a new book for Elsevier, “Integration and Optimization of Unit Operations.” As my readers know, in 2015, I published the “Handbook of Solid-Liquid Filtration” with Elsevier, UK. This new project offers up-to-date and practical…


Dryer Selection and Bulk Solids Handling 

  Image source: https://www.toolshero.com/decision-making/blindspot-analysis/ Solids handling is not a unit operation. Therefore, it’s not covered in engineering courses. This leaves process engineers struggling to understand the “flowability” of bulk solids. This blind spot is huge. So, let’s talk about dryer selection and bulk solids handling. Recently in The Chemical Engineer, Grant Wellwood described bulk solids handling as the biggest industrial activity on the planet. The article…