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April 2018

The April issue of World Fertilizer covers a number of different topics, including Compressor Technology, Fans & Blowers, Storage, and Process Control & Automation. It also includes a keynote article on Sulfur & Sulfuric Acid Market Analysis, as well as a regional report on North America.

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World News

North America Under The Microscope
Gordon Cope, World Fertilizer contributing editor, provides an overview of the current North American fertilizer market.

Sulfur: What Goes Up Must Come Down
Peter Harrisson, CRU Group, UK, provides a review of the global sulfur market and looks ahead to 2018 and beyond.

Creative MDEA Reclamation Avoids Downtime
Richard Pearson, Athlon Solutions, USA, shows how an ammonia plant reclaimed 30 000 US gal. of MDEA without a costly and unscheduled turnaround.

Reducing Costs With Modern Fans
Christian Menke, Ventilatorenfabrik Oelde GmbH, Germany, explains how modern fan technology can reduce the operating costs of fertilizer plants.

Optimising Fluidised Bed Technology
Sergio Di Vincenzo, Boldrocchi, Italy, discusses how fan packages can help increase the performance of fluid bed technology.

Moving Air, Moving Forward
Margaret Wood, New York Blower Co., USA, looks at the importance of industrial blowers and fans in the fertilizer industry.

Dome Sweet Dome
Stewart Ulrich, Monolithic Domes, USA, outlines the benefits that dome-shaped storage facilities can bring to the fertilizer industry.

A Diamond In The Rough
Anchan P. Kayamori and Shuzo Watanabe, IHI Corp., Japan, and Harue Tsukioka, Ashish Gupta and Alan English, IHI E&C Corp., USA, present a new gasifier technology that converts low rank coal into high quality syngas for ammonia production.

Boosting Efficiency
Steven A. Ziebold, DuPont Clean Technologies, USA, presents a solution that can improve sulfuric acid plant absorbing tower efficiencies, reducing both downtime and maintenance.

Protecting Pump Tanks
Skip Unger, Acid Piping, USA, discusses the issue of weak acid formation in pump tanks.

A Vertical Approach
Benoît Martin, Sulzer, Belgium, explains how vertical turbine pump design can improve operating performance in sulfuric acid production plants and open new paths for process development.

In The Process
Baharuddin Maghfuri, Toyo Engineering Corp., Japan, discusses the key features of new urea and granulation processes.

The Future Is Digital
Joerg Theis, ABB, Norway, explains the benefits that digital solutions can bring to the fertilizer industry.

Know Your Steam Reformer
Diana Tudorache and Marie Basin, France, and Dieter Ulber, Germany, Air Liquide, look at state-of-the-art solutions for optimising reformer performance.

Improving The Process
Pallavi Baddam, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Compressor International, USA, discusses how upgrading and revamping syngas turbines in existing ammonia plants can increase capacity and improve the process.

15 Facts
This month we give you 15 facts on North America.

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