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The use of computers in converting engineering designs into finished products. Computers assist managers, manufacturing engineers, and production workers by automating many production tasks, such as developing process plans, ordering and tracking materials, and monitoring production schedules, as well as controlling the machines, industrial robots, test equipment, and systems that move and store materials in the factory. Abbreviated CAM.

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BUBBLE POINT

The differential gas pressure at which the first steady stream of gas bubbles is emitted from a wetted filter element under specified test conditions.

FILTER ELEMENT

The porous device that performs the actual process of filtration. Also known as Cartridge

HYDROFINISHING

A process for treating raw extracted base stocks with hydrogen to saturate them for improved stability.

ACID ATTACK

Caused by an incomplete flushing after an acid cleaning process of boilers or similar equipment.

ABSORPTION

The assimilation of one material into another; in petroleum refining, the use of an absorptive liquid to selectively remove components from a process stream.

A.S.T.M.

American Society for Testing Materials - a society for developing standards for materials and test methods.

CRACKING

The process whereby large molecules are broken down by the application of heat and pressure to form smaller molecules.

ADIABATIC PROCESS

A thermo-dynamic process in which no heat is extracted from or added to the system of the process.

DAVIT

A crane arm for handling lifeboats, stores, etc.

DERRICK

A device for hoisting and lowering heavy weights, cargo, stores, etc
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