23 May 2016

Keep calm and carry on distilling

Distillation columns
One of chemical engineering’s most popular and enduring training courses is set to pass a series of major milestones later this year. Practical Distillation Technology, a training course that has long been associated with the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE), will be delivered for the 500th time and will also welcome its 13,000th delegate.

IChemE has sponsored the course since 1994. Twenty two years on, course director and IChemE Fellow, Henry Kister is still going strong and he continues to share his extensive knowledge of distillation and fractionation with delegates from all over the world.

Practical Distillation Technology will be held on 25-27 July in Singapore and on 12-14 September in London, UK. The intensive three day training provides delegates with the tools and knowledge to troubleshoot distillation columns, evaluate existing column performance, and assess the common causes of ‘bottlenecking’ and how to avoid it. Delegates will also each receive a copy of Kister’s books Distillation Operation and Distillation Troubleshooting – key texts for chemical engineers regardless of industry or experience.

The course enjoys wide international appeal, and since its launch has been delivered in 25 countries across six continents including Australia, South Africa, South East Asia and North America. Practical Distillation Technology continues to offer essential training for any professional chemical engineer who needs to get to grips with a distillation column.

Kister, who is also the Director of Fractionation Technology at Fluor Corp, said: “It’s a continuing pleasure to lead the Practical Distillation Technology course. IChemE’s support has been central to its success and 13,000 delegates is quite a milestone - I could have never imagined that kind of longevity.”

Matt Stalker, Head of Training and Events at IChemE, said: “Henry is an internationally recognised authority in the field of distillation technology and our partnership continues to go from strength-to-strength. Courses like this are relevant to chemical engineers all over the world and support our commitment to the continued professional development of our members."

Those interested in finding out more information about the course should visit: http://www.icheme.org/pdt.

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