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In the Know
EVONIK AND LIKAT RESEARCHERS ACHIEVE BREAKTHROUGH IN
'DREAM REACTION' IN CARBONYLATION CHEMISTRY
Eighty years ago, scientists first discovered homogeneously catalyzed carbonization
processes. Since then, researchers have been searching for what they call a "dream
reaction" that would enable a more environmentally friendly, atom-economical production of adipate diesters - a starting material for the manufacture of
lubricants and other consumer products. A team of researchers led by scientists
at Evonik and LIKAT recently succeeded in double carbonylating the starting
material 1, 3-butadiene directly to produce adipates. This highly selective, efficient
and long-lived catalyst can result in 95% yields of adipic acid derivatives under
industrially feasible conditions.
ASTM INTERNATIONAL PUBLISHES EXTENSIVE 'FUELS AND
LUBRICANTS HANDBOOK'
Late last year, ASTM International published a new edition of its Fuels and
Lubricants Handbook. All existing chapters have been revised, and 14 new sections
have been added. ASTM International says the latest standards are discussed
alongside other global testing methods, making this new manual a significant
reference work for petroleum chemists, engineers, researchers and technicians.
This manual covers the manufacturer distribution, storage, delivery, use and performance of fuels and lubricants globally. Rajesh Shah, Ph.D., a section editor for
the handbook, said he feels this manual stands out because it does not just cover
products, but all the test methods that are out there for those products - and not
only ASTM methods, but other global test methods.
NAM IS POSITIVE ABOUT TRADE IN 2020
National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons
was present at the White House for the signing of the China trade agreement in
mid-January. Timmons said of the deal, "No other administration has achieved
this level of success with - and accountability of - America's primary economic
adversary in the past three decades." Regarding trade closer to home, NAM
celebrated a strong bipartisan vote for the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. In
a statement, NAM said, "Democrats and Republicans alike voted to protect the
millions of manufacturing jobs that depend on North American trade."
GRACO LAUNCHES NEW LUBRICATION CONTROLLER
Graco will be showing off its new GLC X automatic lubrication controller
and Auto Lube app at the CONEXPO-CON/AGG show in March. The
Bluetooth-enabled controller, paired with a smartphone or tablet, will allow
maintenance crews and operators to monitor a wide range of lubrication metrics,
including levels, pressure, configurations and more. Dan Jensen, Graco's lubrication equipment division global product marketing manager, said, "The new
controller is built to withstand the rigors of many environments, from industrial
plants to heavy-duty construction sites, and is compatible with Graco auto-lube
systems and most competitive systems."

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