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Process Chemicals — A Complex Supply Chain in Motion

August 14, 2019

On a recent road trip to retrieve my daughter from college I drove past a handful for chemical manufacturing plants of various types. Viewing a chemical manufacturing plant from a distance everything seems so peaceful and static. A chemical plant is a complex and expensive array of storage tanks, pipes, controls and special chemical or biological transformation and/or separation equipment to take raw materials and create new value-added materials. Chemical manufacturing plants can take years to build and once operational produce continuously to maximize the output of refined materials at the lowest possible cost. Looking at these massive plants it might not be intuitive to think that materials are continuously in movement. The supply chain that supports these complex facilities are also in continuous motion.

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