Did you know that ACHEMA is the world’s largest show for pumps, compressors and valves? If you think about it, that doesn’t really come as a surprise, as chemical engineering is at the very core of ACHEMA. However, chemical engineering today means much more than simply choosing the right reactor or the most efficient pump. Energy efficiency, the flexibility to choose from a range of possible raw materials and process automation require an integrated approach to process engineering. Components have onboard “distributed intelligence” which enables them to communicate directly – an important prerequisite for modularization and increased flexibility. Heat exchangers and control technologies provide the basis for heat recovery and early separation of waste water streams for further treatment. Simulation and modeling tools support engineering design and planning activities, reduce cost and speed up implementation.