Archive - September 2010


Change in management

There will be a change in management at three of the 13 business units of specialty chemicals company Lanxess. Dr. Hans-Georg Schmitt, Head of the Basic......


MTR plant for Octal

Octal Petrochemicals recently signed a contract with Uhde Inventa-Fischer to build a 550,000 tpy plant for the production of PET resin. The contract for......

Turkey plant went into trial operation in Porto de Mós

Sustainable compounding of biodegradable plastics

The first compounding plant for biodegradable plastics in Portugal underlines the expertise of Coperion GmbH, formerly Werner & Pfleiderer, in......

Ifat Entsorga recognised as leading trade fair for environmental technology

Successful premiere

Following its amalgamation with Entsorga, Ifat has celebrated a successful premiere and established itself as the world’s leading trade fair for......

Record number of exhibitors at Ifat Entsorga 2010

Bigger than ever

This year, Ifat Entsorga, which takes place at the New Munich Trade Fair Centre from 13 to 17 September 2010, is bigger than ever: Over 2,700 exhibitors from......


New president

Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Industry Automation Division and a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software......



The Optima Group Consumer is a manufacturer of packaging solutions in the food, cosmetics and chemical industry and filtrationtechnique. Since August, Joachim......

New technology saves 20 percent on energy input

Climate-compatible coal-based power generation

Since 2009 RWE, Linde and BASF have been testing a new technology for separating carbon dioxide (CO2) from flue gas in a pilot plant at RWE’s Niederaussem......


Netzsch group modernises name

From now the „Business Unit Pumps„ of the Netzsch group of companies changes its name to „Business Unit Pumps & Systems“. At the same time the......


Fifty years of propionic acid

A rather acidic success story started at BASF 50 years ago: in the summer of 1960, the company brought on stream the first large-scale manufacturing plant for......


Change after twelve years

Dr. Andreas Pickuth succeeds to Wolfgang Hrosch in the management at InProcess Instruments Gesellschaft für Prozessanalytik mbH, Bremen (Germany). Twelve......



Buhler and Sigma-Aldrich have signed an agreement in which research volumes of nanoparticle dispersions from Buhler will be sold worldwide exclusively by......


Lanxess in France

The German specialty chemicals group Lanxess has officially opened its new research and development centre for synthetic rubber and a new administrative......


Namur Conference in China

Namur as a user association of automation in the process industry has many member companies, which have production sites and service activities in China......

Flexible-format effervescent line meets the requirements of Losan Pharma

Effervescent tablets packed in foil

For the first time, Losan Pharma can now pack effervescent tablets individually in strips on a flexible effervescent line. The integrated robotic systems allow......

Feeders for metered addition of dry powder in continuous and batch coating processes

High-quality coatings

The selection of the proper feeder and configuration is a determining factor for achieving optimal results in tablet coating processes. Both gravimetric and......

More safety and flexibility through wet grinding

A fluid way to a perfect particle size

Dry grinding of organic substances requires elaborate exhaust and filter fans that are meant to avert the danger of dust explosions. Wet grinding processes......

Sieve mills in CIP design with no dead spaces

The cleaning-friendly alternative

In fine milling, product accumulates in and on corners, edges, recesses and shaft bushings. The only way to dislodge these residues is by using large amounts......


Integrated controller

The EZ-Zone RM from Watlow is a configurable multi-loop temperature/process controller. It integrates an entire assembly of control loop functionality in one......


Compact solenoid interlocks

The safe interlock of guard doors, protecting flaps and covers in cramped surroundings in potentially explosive atmospheres: this is briefly said the task of......


Fluid bed dryer bags

Sefar is launching a new generation of fluid bed dryer bags for the pharmaceutical market. They are designed to provide an even better service for the end......

Plant Processing

Metal-free IBC valves

Until now, the necessary earthing of hazardous filling goods in ex-zone IBCs took the form of a metal plate, mounted on the outlet valve, that was connected......

Plant Processing

Efficient drives

Energy saving potential does not stop at optimising the consumption of individual motors. Prudent efficiency measures should also consider the complete drive......


Rapid microbial detection system

The Milliflex Quantum microbial detection system enables drug and vaccine manufacturers to respond to microorganism contamination earlier in the production......

Plant Processing

Compact pumps

Larox Flowsys launched three series of progressive cavity pumps. Series C is designed for demanding duties in different applications. Series D pumps are meant......


Submersible pumps with canned motor

The EC directive, which is reflected in the Federal Immission Protection Law and the TA-Luft, results in the fact that seal-less pumps, particularly the canned......


Small scale hygienic feeder

The DIW-PE-GZD200 small scale feeder from Gericke has been specially designed for the requirements of minor ingredient addition. The modern weighing system......


Chemical treatment system

The CTS system delivers accurately caustic soda and other pH adjusting chemicals for the treatment of water and wastewater. Adding caustic soda to water and......

Record number of exhibitors in Munich

Ifat Entsorga 2010

Just before Ifat Entsorga 2010 in Munich opens from 13 to 17 September, the fair is already reporting an extremely large number of exhibitors: More than 2,600......

Energy & Environment

Inverse emulsions

The Zetag 9000 series is a high-performance range of linear and crosslinked inverse emulsions from BASF’s. It was developed treating a wide variety of......

Corrosion protection for bioreactor

Home improvement for microorganisms

Some 7000 m² of steel had to be examined in the biological wastewater treatment plant at Griesheim Industrial Park in Frankfurt and, depending on the extent......

Boehringer Ingelheim uses microwave technology

Disinfection of waste

At Boehringer Ingelheim’s biopharmaceutical location in Biberach, researchers are focusing specifically on protein therapeutics and, linked to this......

Flammable storage cabinets for flammable liquids

Short distances, safe handling

For the extension of its paint storage facility, a medium-sized company was looking for a flexible and mobile solution that would allow paint and varnish to be......

Robust sensors for pressure and level measurement

Efficient water treatment

Having built more than 10,000 plants all over the world serving one billion people, Degrémont has proved itself without any doubt to be a global leader in the......

Plant Processing

Compact vacuum pumps

The diaphragm pumps ME 1 and ME 1C complete Vacuu-brand’s range of compact vac-uum pumps for applications like filtration and sample preparation in......

Heterogeneous material mixes no longer a problem

Powerful cutting mill

The SM 300 cutting mill excels especially in tough jobs where other cutting mills fail. It has a freely selectable speed range from 700 to 3000 min-1 with high......

Optimised separation methods in elastomer processing

Kneading instead of stripping

The use of large amounts of solvent in polymerisation processes, with all their concomitant disadvantages, is no longer necessary. An optimised method allows......

Using UF and RO to clean feed water and recycle waste water is an efficient solution

Compact alternative

Ultrafiltration combined with reverse osmosis provides an answer to the question of how industrial concerns can clean their water safely and efficiently......

Operator control and monitoring in pharmaceutical production

Visualisation coupled with visual appeal

The operator control and monitoring systems used in pharmaceutical manufacturing have to comply with specific functionality requirements and at the same time......

Non-invasive flow measurements with clamp-on ultrasonic technology at Bayer MaterialScience

Ultrasonics in Uerdingen

It seems as though the flow rate could be miraculously measured by simply laying a hand on the pipe. However, the times of scepticism towards non-inva-sive......

Reliable loading solutions for ships, boiler trucks, tankers and large containers

From one source

The requirements in custody transfer applications have been made more complex by the introduction of the Europe-wide Measuring Instrument Directive (MID). This......

AC drives for pump applications in water and waste water processes

Lower energy consumption in secondary processes

Fierce competition reigns in the chemical industry, with companies under pressure to continuously improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their plant and......

Safety systems for Kst values up to 1000 bar·m/s

Secure as the Bank of England

Explosions can occur in a closed system if the distribution of combustible dusts with particle sizes <0.5 mm produces potentially explosive atmosphere in a......

Energy-efficient system for climate control

Climate change with savings potential

Particularly in the case of larger switchgear installations, the savings potential in terms of energy costs is enormous. Both energy-efficient individual......

Plastic centrifugal pumps for the chemical industry

Hard casing – robust core

After years of intensive discussion and input on the costs that arise during the lifecycle of a pump, managers from all business areas have become more aware......

Multilayer gasket material withstands extreme conditions

The structure makes the difference

Novaphit MST is a graphite gasket material with better sealing properties and greater adaptability that is suitable for applications involving very high......

A success story from Swabia

60 years of electric barrel pumps

Back in 1950, the world’s first electric barrel pump was given the name Flux. The enterprise that subsequently developed under this proprietary name can be......

Perfluoroelastomer components with rapid gas decompression resistance and low temperature capabilities

An addition to the family

Higher demands from the chemical and petrochemical industries require even better sealing materials: materials that are not only able to help resist a......

Maintain 2010

All about maintenance in three days

Maintain is the leading trade fair for industrial maintenance in Europe and an indispensible „must attend“ event for exhibitors and visitors alike. From 12......

Available from Elfab

Spare Oseco rupture discs

Elfab, manufacturer of pressure relief devices, has confirmed, that it will continue to supply replacement Oseco rupture discs to Oseco customers in Europe and......

New Division

Organisational and personnel changes at BASF

The Board of Executive Directors of BASF SE announced the following changes in its organisation and management team. In order to prepare for the integration of......

HPPO technology

Dow and BASF win award

The Dow Chemical Company (Dow) and BASF received a 2010 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award at a ceremony held at the Ronald Reagan Center in......


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