octopus

"And the Oscar goes to"...the power of critical thinking

So, you may ask, why is P&ID blogging about the Oscars?  Please have patience and let me explain. I promise to connect the little golden statue and octopus creativity to the power of critical thinking. In November 2019, I blogged about Creativity and Lessons Learned from Octopuses.  In this blog, we talked about how octopuses are creative, intelligent creatures who can problem solve and are masterful mimics. They can even change the texture of their skin to better hunt and evade predators.…


final drying

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…


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…


Agile Project Teams in Engineering

Image source Engineering these days requires agility. We’re reconfiguring processes, and we need to be flexible with time zones, languages, accents, engineering cultures and operating philosophies. We cannot always select the people on our projects and must work with various teams to be successful.  How do we do this? McKinsey & Company insights into Agile Project Teams provides some interesting insights. Let’s apply their practical observations from How to Select and Develop…


P&IDs and Process

P&IDs and Process Evolution

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, the plant expansion and the…