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When air pollution control low-bid projects cost more

Bill Norris,

For many engineering projects that require air pollution control (APC), it is common for engineers to define the inlet and outlet conditions of the particular APC system, leaving the detailed engineering to a vendor or supplier. Many engineering firms adopt the mindset that the vendor is an expert at designing...

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Supporting New York State economic development initiatives

Steve Eckler,

OBG continues to partner with and support New York State to create economic opportunity.  Most recently, OBG participated in a Business Connection Forum co-sponsored by the Center for Economic Growth, Silicon Europe Worldwide, and NY Loves Nanotech.  The forum brought together North American and European companies and communities...

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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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