Solvay Sodium Carbonate Production Process with Diemme Filter Press Technologies       

My readers know that I always talk about my 40 years in this engineering business solving process filtration and drying problems. Most recently I used this knowledge in my P&ID consulting for Diemme Filter Press Technology, a brand of the Aqseptence group. I wrote a paper entitled “Process Testing for Improving and Optimizing the Solvay Sodium Carbonate Production Process with Filter Press Technologies." The paper focuses on calcium carbonate/calcium chloride waste product initially…


WFC13 Highlights the Latest in Solid-Liquid Separation.

Image source: https://www.photosforclass.com/   The World Filtration Conference 13 (WFC 13) in San Diego was a great opportunity to reconnect with friends and colleagues from North America and Europe. It has been over six years, and we picked up our conversations as if we had seen each other only yesterday. At the same time, the October conference was a chance to learn the latest in solid-liquid separation. I enjoyed being a session moderator as well as a presenter on a topic of holistic and…


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Holistic Optimization of Unit Operations at WFC 13

  Like the Olympics, the World Filtration Conference is held every four years. Only, in the case of WFC 13, it’s been six years since we’ve all been able to meet. The event, postponed twice by the pandemic, is on for October 6 – 9 2022 in San Diego. This conference will be one of the largest Congresses for Filtration & Separation welcoming many speakers from around the world. I'm looking forward to great conversation about holistic optimization of unit operations. I am fortunate to be…


Addressing Climate Change One Sustainable Martini at a Time

I've found another example of innovation we can toast to — quite literally! With this new discovery, we can feel we're addressing climate change one sustainable martini at a time. Yes, while enjoying my vodka martini with sweet vermouth, I have been known to ponder sustainability and the planet's future. Who doesn't? I came across a company in New York City that has created what it calls the “world’s most sustainable spirit” The Air Company makes its vodka out of carbon dioxide captured from…


Clarifying Process Liquids: New Approaches for Chemical and Pharmaceutical Applications

Image Source: IFN How can the process engineer successfully automate the clarification processes to improve filtration while minimizing operator exposure? Over my career in solid-liquid separation, I've seen many examples of process engineers struggling with clarifying process liquids. In one resin facility, the slurry was in a formaldehyde process and the "masked" operators were opening up a manual plate filter to dig out the cake. In another case, during the manufacturing of zeolites, the…