Automated process control technology helps optimize chemical plant operations. By providing precisely measured values over the entire production process, near infrared spectroscopy helps to bring plant capacity to full utilization, thereby minimizing waste and downtime.
The much-celebrated boom in U.S. oil-and-gas production is shaking up the chemical industry in two key ways. First, the feedstock used to produce chemicals has changed in some plants from crude oil to natural gas. Second, lower energy costs resulting from increases in the supply of both oil and gas mean that producing chemicals in the United States has become profitable again. As a result, new and retrofitted plants are coming online expeditiously.