Solid-Liquid Filtration

Fireworks & Filtration. Happy 2016.

  New Year’s fireworks in Singapore, a place I enjoyed visiting this year for Gastech. Photo credit: williamcho / Foter.com / CC BY-SA 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…


The Engineer in the Wild

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.” Photo credit: weesam2010 / Source / CC BY-NC-SA Friends remember her as a brave woman with a power within her who, although equipped,…


Don't Jump. Look Behind the Data.

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 attend Sameh Abdulqader Younis' presentation on…


Let's Get Rating!

Image credit: .reid. / Foter / CC BY College Football has its AP Poll, Coaches Poll and the BCS. College Basketball uses the RPI-Rating Percentage Index and Strength of Schedule. Soccer sees teams ranked by FIFA based on their success in their games over a four year period. Plus we use rankings to decide on what restaurant to go to, what beer or wine to drink, what movie to see or rent.. So where is the common standard for Filter Ratings? Without one standard rating system for SLS technology…