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…


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Process Engineering Partnership Provides a Holistic Approach to Operations

  Image source: https://www.humanperf.com/en/blog/project-management/articles/holistic-approach-serving-transformation Process engineering cannot succeed in a silo. As I often say, it’s best to take a holistic view of process operations. To that end, I’m pleased to announce my new collaboration with Procegence. Let me tell you more about our process engineering approach. Happily, one of my blogs on batch to continuous processing prompted Nima Yazdanpanah, President of Procegence, to reach…


Take the Gold for Problem Solving — Olympic Style

This blog often shares perspectives on innovation and leadership, traits we see in spades during the Olympics. As this Winter Olympics unfolds in China, though, let’s discuss the awesome problem-solving skills of the Olympians and what we can apply to our own business endeavors. The performances of Olympic athletes can seem unbelievable. Part of the joy of watching the Games is seeing these amateur athletes accomplish seemingly super-human feats. As we all admire the commitment and dedication…


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Teaching & Learning in the Circular Economy

  Since the industrial revolution there have been waves of technology and innovation.  We all remember the movie “The Graduate” and that technology wave told to Dustin Hoffman in one word: PLASTICS.  The next wave came along in the chemical/petrochemical and pharmaceutical industries.  It also brought along the US Environmental Protection Agency, where, as many of you know, my career began.  Now, we all see the next wave coming with the Circular Economy. What does this mean?  The three…


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"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.…