Chemical Engineers & Our Superstitions

Photo by Emmeli M on Unsplash Superstitions surround us: Touching wood? Carrying a rabbit’s foot? Collecting lucky pennies? Not stepping on any cracks? The list goes on and on.  On one of my many chemical filtration business trips (many people have superstitions making flights safer), I read an interesting article on superstitions in the Wall Street Journal’s (WSJ) Magazine. Six luminaries from different walks of life — photography, acting, cooking, writing, directing and music — weighed in.…


Changing it Up with Mixer-Dryer-Reactor Acquisition

  Photo by Ryoji Iwata on Unsplash Starting off 2019, I talked about push pushing ourselves personally and professionally to embrace change. Well, I’m a man of my word, and I’m proud to announce a big change in filter tech at BHS-Sonthofen GmbH. We’re looking at 2019 as a year of growth, starting with the acquisition of the internationally active AVA-GmbH technology company. AVA, based just outside of Munich, Germany, has 25+ years under its belt producing innovative machines and efficient…


Application of Separation Techniques & Full Containment

  Photo by Jeremy Bishop on Unsplash Process engineers devote their time to finding the appropriate application of separation techniques. There's need for effective solid-liquid separation, cake washing, and drying steps across industries. In many chemical and pharmaceutical processes, the production operations are further complicated by the nature of the process, especially if the process is air-sensitive or toxic.   The solid-liquid separation step may be accomplished by pressure,…


4 Key Differences between Filtration and Centrifugation

  Photo by Amritanshu Sikdar on Unsplash I'm always looking to collaborate and explore ideas with others in our filtration technology business. Happily, director of Oriental Manufacturers Jigar Patel, has offered this guest blog discussing differences between filtration and liquid solid centrifugation. I hope you enjoy Patel's perspective: Filtration and centrifugation are two distinct separation techniques used for isolating the required components from the mixture. The major difference…


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Filtration more art than science?

  Photo by Crystal Kwok on Unsplash At BHS-Filtration, our Art and Science of Filtration (AS0F) newsletter is now in its eighth year. Instead of experiencing a seven-year-itch, we're perhaps facing an eight year one as I started off the latest installment wondering if filtration isn't sometimes more of an art than a science. As we continue into 2017, the newsletter will focus on the art of filtration through case studies and creative problem solving. To start us out, issue 8.1, focuses on…