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Ethical Engineers are Prepared

On the golf course recently, I was reminded of Brian Davis. Do you remember? In 2010, he called a two-stroke penalty on himself in tournament play. His violation, nudging a reed aside on the 18th, cost him $411,000 as he ultimately finished second to Jim Furyk. Photo credit: Tord Sollie via Foter.com / CC BY-NC-ND Now, I haven't come close to winning a major tournament — although I did earn “closest to the hole” in a Gas Processors Tournament in Madrid, Spain. Nevertheless, when I hit the links…


Particle analysis

Pertaining to Particle Size Analysis Methods

  Photo credit: NASA Johnson via Remodel / CC BY-NC When I say “Particle Size,” you say “Analysis.” When I say “Particle Size,” you say _________. Who says we can’t have fun with particle size analysis methods? I know BHS-Sonthofen’s latest A&SoF newsletter has some interesting reads on the topic. Focusing on particle size and shape and their impacts on solid-liquid separation, we share some current industry insights on the topic. Drawing on resources from Mettler-Toledo and…


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Cloud Seeding Process and Vonnegut

Image source: Len Radin / photo on flickr I tend to perk up when I hear or read about cloud seeding. When I came across Amanda Little’s Business Week article about cloud seeding process in India to avoid droughts, I even felt a little nostalgic. Right there, in the middle of the article, she made mention of the invention of cloud seeding at GE in 1946. Among the scientists making that first snowstorm in a laboratory freezer was a mentor of mine, Bernard “Bernie" Vonnegut. When he left GE, he…


Sleuthing CIP Process Solutions

For years, my focus as a process engineer has been thin-cake filtration, cake washing and drying technologies. I am continually engaged by the people I work with and the ongoing need to find new process solutions to problems. There are always new challenges. Our latest BHS Sonthofen newsletter focused on practical solutions for solid-liquid separations in chemical and pharmaceutical applications. Particularly, this issue of Art and Science of Filtration, looked at new clean-in-place (CIP)…


Always something new!

Image source: Cliparthut.com Put the “NEW” sticker on something and people are bound to look. In today’s society, we always want to be on board with the latest, the hippest, the most cutting edge __________(fill in the blank). This excitement about novelty also extends to process engineering doesn’t it? Sometimes at the expense of evidence-based process. Who enjoys a new challenge? The latest BHS Filtration newsletter, A&SoF, focuses on “new challenges…and the development of new……