Global Experts Contribute Know-How in Integration and Optimization of Unit Operations

Over my career of 40 years in the process industry and unit operations, writing has always been a passion for me.  It represents an opportunity to convey concepts, ideas, and technical information in a manner that makes sense to the audience.  My technical and marketing application articles — more than 150 to date — culminated in 2015 with the publication of my first book for Elsevier, Handbook of Solid-Liquid Filtration. On the strength of the Handbook’s market acceptance, Elsevier asked me…


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Mixing Drying Technology Across Industries

Last year, BHS announced its acquisition of AVA-GmbH company and its mixing, drying technology. Combining our engineering expertise and project management know-how helps us both better provide a full process solution including mixing-reacting-filtration-cake washing-dewatering and final bone-dry powder. It’s been a year, so let’s now take a look at the different industry application for AVA dryers. The AVA dryer technology handles mixing, drying, reacting, granulating, sterilizing, evaporating,…


Engineer Checklists and Learning from Apollo

Image by WikiImages from Pixabay Recently, I discussed the five management lessons that we can learn from the Apollo lunar landing in 1969. Continuing on this theme, an article in The Chemical Engineer, “Houston-We have a checklist” a UK magazine that I write for, had an interesting take on the lunar landing and engineer checklists.  I was intrigued, of course, as I periodically invoke Sherlock Holmes and the benefits of checklists for testing, analysis, etc.    The magazine article,…


Innovation Risks & Two Success Stories    

  Photo by Ramón Salinero on Unsplash One key element of innovation success is taking risks. I’ve recently read two articles where major breakthroughs in human health started with innovation risks. The two stories are a great reminder that we need to step up to challenges and look at the world anew to innovate! In our first case, from Business Week, a chemical engineer named David Whitlock became interested in biology after a tubby date asked him why her horse rolls in the dirt, even in…


P&IDs and Process Evolution

Photo by ANIRUDH on Unsplash P&IDs are par for the course in process engineering. Recently, I was poring over P&IDs and process planning for several projects. Each project was multinational, multicultural, and extremely complex. For one specialty chemical filtration application, part of a plant expansion in the southern United States, the engineering company is in the Southeast while the existing processes were from the Netherlands and Austria. In another project, with a similar scope,…