Industrial Scientific provides gas detection products and services that keep workers safe in hazardous environments. The company’s more than 700 employees in 25 countries are committed to preserving human life, and have dedicated their careers to ending death on the job in this century. Established in 1985 and headquartered in Pittsburgh (USA), Industrial Scientific also has operations based in Arras (France), Dortmund (Germany), and Shanghai (China), and provides technical services to customers from local service centers around the world. Industrial Scientific is the parent company to Predictive Solutions Corporation (www.predictivesolutions.com). For more information, visit www.indsci.com.
Chemicals are everywhere. Everything from the soap you used to shower this morning to the glue holding your desk together is a product of the chemical industry. But when you try to determine everything that falls under the chemicals umbrella, things can get complicated. From a high-level perspective, chemicals can be broken down into three categories[i]: Basic Chemicals – These include petrochemicals (derived from... Read More
Your upcoming plant turnaround project is probably a big deal. It will be high-cost and high-impact, and needs to be well planned, and of course, well executed. The working pattern, number of people, and moving parts and equipment in your facility will change—maybe significantly. And amidst the deviations from your “norm,” an ideal scenario is that all aspects of the project will work together seamlessly to... Read More
Continuous operational processes at an industrial plant are typically shut down 5% or less per year, yet 70% of major accidents occur during non-routine (start-up, plant shutdown, or online maintenance) operations. [i] Why? The situation during a plant shutdown is completely different from a normal day. Processes are stopped, equipment is emptied and opened, and the amount of people and moving vehicles including trucks and... Read More
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in the United States provides a comprehensive publication entitled “Hydraulic Fracturing and Flowback Hazards Other than Respirable Silica.” It includes sections on hazards during transport, during mixing and injection, hazards during pressure pumping and flowback operation, and possible gas encounters. Many of the examples and proposed best practice standards in the... Read More
It’s hard to imagine that in 2018 there would be any organization that doesn’t use some type of digital technology. For most of us digital has become the norm, and ongoing new developments are the expectation. Keeping up with the “new” can be an investment, but usually the conveniences of the modern world entice us to make the switch to the latest efficiency enhancing device or software available. Digitizing businesses has... Read More