Tag Archives: reaction calorimeter

Mary K. O’Connor Process Safety Center 2010 International Symposium

My colleague, Rodrigo Maciel, and I had the opportunity to attend the Mary K. O’Connor Process Safety Center 2010 International Symposium October 26 to 28 at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.  This process safety conference had about 400 attendees, which included representation from government agencies (OSHA, Chemical Safety Board), Chemical Engineering Professors from around the globe, Safety Consultants, and Process Safety Managers and Scientists from Petrochemical and Chemical companies.  The event featured 106 presentations and 20 exhibitors. Continue reading

How Process Optimization Cut High Chemical Production Costs

Due to the interest on the recent post on how a major dye and chemical company improved process safety and shortened downtime through process modification, this post will discuss how a major specialty chemicals manufacturer used process optimization to:

  • Cut solvent consumption by 50%
  • Decrease production costs by 10%
  • Reduce batch time from 10 hours to 4 hours

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How Hexion Specialty Chemicals Reduced R&D Expenses

The Challenge: Reaction Calorimetry Under Difficult Conditions
“Unfortunately, our highly exotherm reactions are not always easy to handle”, says Günter Reinsch, head of process optimization and safety at Hexion™ Specialty Chemicals. Continue reading

How Process Modification Improves Safety and Shortens Downtime

The Challenge
A running production from a major dye and chemical company proved to be problematic. Solvent losses during work-up resulted not only in increased costs, but also presented an environmental concern. Continue reading