This week on our sister sites: Heat transfer fluids, surge protective devices and more

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2011 R&D Teams of the Year: Big, Happy Families
The 2011 R&D Teams of the Year – voted for you and by you – have passion, persistence and purpose.

Heat Transfer Fluids: Do's, Don'ts, and Best Practices
Heat transfer fluids — from mineral oils to synthetic and organic-based formulas — are the lifeblood of many critical operations within the process industries. This special, interactive PDF looks at how plant personnel can better understand various fluids and fluid properties, and track the performance of their entire heat transfer system.

Taking Safety Outside your Four Walls: An Integrated Approach to Supply Chain Quality and Safety
How can companies streamline supplier safety and quality to increase visibility into the supply-chain, and incorporate their standards and practices down the supply-chain? This white paper shows how one food packaging company incorporated its automated Quality Management System to include supplier management tools to ensure their overall food law compliance.

Rosenzweig's Ramblings February 2011:  Don't Neglect Energy Auditing
Mark stresses that we should not ignore energy auditing. Technology and regulations will make chemical operations increasingly energy efficient. For instance, sites adopting digital fieldbuses gain access to data on equipment health that can provide early warning of performance degradation as well as diagnostic information that can lead to true predictive maintenance.

Rosenzweig's Ramblings May 2011:  Could You Be the Ultimate Plant Manager?
Mark gets his game on as he talks about a promising online game that debuted in late March. It comes from a company that some might consider an unlikely source – Siemens Industry, Inc.

Understanding Ratings for Surge Protection Devices
Selecting the appropriate Surge Protective Devices (SPD) can seem like a daunting task with all of the different types on the market today. The surge rating or kA rating of an SPD is one of the most misunderstood ratings. Customers commonly ask for an SPD to protect their 200A panel and there is a tendency to think that the larger the panel, the larger the kA device rating needs to be for protection As we will explore in this paper, this is a common misunderstanding.

Buyer Beware: SPD and UL Markings? Are You Buying or Selling the Right Product
Significant changes have taken place regarding Surge Protection Devices and UL 1449. With the changes  has come different product marking requirements to identify those testing and product changes. Manufacturers of SPD equipment have long been testing to UL 1449 but only recently have such significant changes taken place regarding a whole product categories testing and performance.

Navigating the UL Safety Requirements for Surge Protection
Specifiers and users of Surge Protective Devices (SPDs) are adjusting to new terminology and requirements. UL revised their 1449 Safety Standard for Surge Protective Devices to increase safety. The National Electrical Code (NEC) incorporated specific language to require the use of these safer products. This tip sheet will explain some of the changes affecting specifiers and users.