Heat loss is easy to limit yet squandered energy accounts for a large part of industry’s hidden costs. So Capricorn Chemicals has come up with a simple method of controlling large scale evaporative heat loss from stored liquids.
Its Allplas system, made from hollow plastic spheres, floats on the surface of a liquid to form a blanket up to three layers thick. A single layer can halve heat loss while a double layer reduces it by 75%.
The spheres, available in diameters of 10-150mm, have a patented interlocking rim design. The material is inert to most chemicals up to 100 degrees C.
Honeywell has added a realtime database and historian to its portfolio of information and applications software sold under the TotalPlant Solution banner.
The Process History Database builds on its predecessor TotalPlant History with a process historian capability, adding a distributed realtime database and information infrastructure. The PHD server becomes the respository for all continuous process data from realtime process control systems at the plant.
Residing on any Windows NT, OpenVMS or AIX platform, a unique feature is said to be its ability to reside on multiple systems at both process and plant information levels, helping to improve network use.