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Advantages of chemical manufacturing process simulation

Fred Hencken,
Process simulation software systems offer chemical manufacturers many benefits

Process simulation software systems provide several advantages to chemical manufacturing companies to optimize chemical processes and increase productivity. Process simulation software is used to model physical systems using a combination of thermodynamic models, unit operation models, and empirical chemical data. These systems offer key advantages to chemical manufacturing facilities: Reduced...

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Visioning space to support facility repurposing

Steve Eckler,
3D model comprised of points captured by a 360-degree laser scanner

There’s a growing trend in the industrial real estate market—the abandoned assets of yesterday’s assembly line-based manufacturing are becoming today’s opportunities for the advanced manufacturing market. Building upon the due diligence of the founding architects of the “Location, Location, Location” site selection mantra, adaptive reuse can...

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How is PSM affecting the chemical industry?

Andrew Porter,

The U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) developed the process safety management, or PSM standard to prevent disastrous process release incidents in the manufacturing industry.  The PSM standard begins with a list of 137 chemicals deemed highly hazardous, toxic, or reactive. If a site has more than...

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Emerging contaminants in NYS and their effect on the chemistry business

OBG’s Scott Grieco, PhD, PE recently presented at the New York State Chemistry Council Annual Policy & Legislative Meeting on January 24, 2017 in Albany, New York. Dr. Grieco shared his expertise on emerging contaminants in New York State and their effect on the business of chemistry. With re...

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18th Annual New England Pretreatment Coordinators Workshop

On October 26-27, 2016, OBG participated in the 18th Annual New England Pretreatment Coordinators Workshop hosted by the New England Regional Pretreatment Coordinator’s Association (NERPCA) and EPA New England. The annual workshop addresses the needs of municipal industrial pretreatment personnel and features pretreatment training, discussions, and presentations by local, state, an...

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Repurposing pharmaceutical facilities into productive assets

The footprints of many pharmaceutical companies have changed over the past two decades. Mergers among top global players and more efficient workspaces have changed the focus of many companies toward consolidation, divestiture, and creating flexible spaces for biopharmaceutical manufacturing processes. These companies have undertaken consolidation programs to reduce their footprint,...

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2016 Global Waste Management Symposium Participation

The OBG Team

OBG kicked off the 2016 trade show season by sponsoring and participating in the Global Waste Management Symposium (GWMS) in Indian Wells, CA. GWMS is a biannual conference that delivers critical content and research in all areas related to solid waste engineering and management. OBG’s industry support and presence could be...

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Reducing time-to-market to attract advanced manufacturing

Steve Eckler,

Advanced manufacturing industries are competing in a new global economy. The development of new technologies and smart manufacturing systems is fast-paced and competitive, but brings with it transformative economic opportunity to host communities. Attracting these opportunities to a specific site on the globe is a competitive process, which requires proactive...

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What you need to know: Step-by-step approach to NY cooling tower regulations

Recent outbreaks and the prevalence of Legionella bacteria in cooling towers has led the New York State (NYS) Department of Health to enact emergency regulations for all cooling tower owners statewide. These new regulations have established critical deadlines and guidance to protect the public from further exposure to the bacteria....

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OBG welcomes Schuyler Engineering

SYRACUSE—O’Brien & Gere announced today that it has acquired Schuyler Engineering, P.C. (Schuyler), a leading engineering firm based in Long Island, NY with extensive experience in central utility plant and energy system design with clients throughout the New York and New Jersey metropolitan region. The acquisition supports O’Br...

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