Optimizing downstream final drying

Every year I look forward to attending AICHE, learning from peers, and sharing what knowledge I’ve gained in the past year. COVID-19 pushed us to meet virtually this year. Still, I was pleased to continue to share my talk on BHS-Sonthofen Inc.’s continuum approach to optimizing downstream final drying with upstream solid-liquid filtration. I thought I’d offer a recap here for those who missed the online event. Most often when analyzing a new process development approach, engineers take a…


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Benefits of a Continuum Approach to Optimizing Final Drying 

  As we announced in March, BHS has acquired AVA-GmbH. The AVA technologies provide for turbulent mixing, reacting and drying of wet cakes as well as powders and process slurries. The vertical and horizontal technologies are vacuum or atmospheric, batch and continuous, for final drying to “bone-dry” powders. They are an essential part of our “Continuum Approach.”  What do I mean by that? This blog briefly reviews our first ground-breaking study showing the benefits of a “Continuum Approach” to…


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Quarantine-Inspired Culinary Innovation

This is a difficult moment in the world. Maybe you know someone that has been impacted by or struggled with COVID-19. We have all seen businesses coming to a halt and our daily lives upended. My heart goes out to everyone who has been impacted. For some, cooking is a way to show love. So, I thought I’d share some of my quarantine-inspired culinary innovations. If you’re working from home, you have begun cooking more. I know that I have! Let me share some stories about my cooking as well as…


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…