Solutions Ahead Blog

Control System Design for Solids Handling Equipment

Posted by Brian Warren

May 24, 2018 11:06:00 AM

imageVarious technologies are available to improve safety and containment when transferring solid materials into manufacturing processes. 

Going one step further, automated control of these systems can have a significant impact on their operating efficiency, flexibility, reliability and safety.  Since control system designs can range from relatively simple to highly complex, a vendor's ability to offer customized control system designs can be critical to meeting the customer's and the application's specific requirements.  

 
 
 
 
 
  
Figure 1: NEMA 4X Control Panel with 12"Panelview
HMI (designed for bulk bag unloading station)

 

  

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Topics: powder handling

Tackling Sampling in Glass-Lined Steel Vessels

Posted by Jennifer Mayo

May 10, 2018 2:30:00 PM

Recircuating_Samping_SystemObtaining product samples from a glass-lined vessel is not always a simple, straightforward task.  From a quality control standpoint, you want the sample to be accurate and precise.  From a safety perspective, you also want to manage any concerns that can arise when the process involves toxic, flammable and corrosive materials (and if you are using glass-lined equipment it’s a good chance your media has at least one of those three characteristics).  Exposure to the product might be harmful to operators, or the environment could contaminate your valuable product, so multiple factors need to be taken into consideration when selecting the best method for obtaining a sample.

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Topics: Vessel, sampling

A Vessel’s Journey Through the Reglass Process

Posted by Jennifer Mayo

Apr 26, 2018 11:06:00 AM

Vessel Reglass Timeline

We’ve written in the past about How Glass-Lined Vessels are Made, as well as What is Reglassing and How it Can Work for You.  We’ve even taken you through the Steps for Sending your Vessels in for Reglassing.  But what exactly happens to your vessel once it arrives at our facility? 

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Topics: Vessel, Reactor, glass-lined equipment, reglassing

Earn Green While You Go Green with the DDPS Reactor Buyback Program

Posted by Jennifer Mayo

Apr 19, 2018 10:46:00 AM

Reactor buyback earth dayAs Earth Day approaches, we are all reminded that there are things each of us can do as individuals to make better choices for the environment.  Maybe it’s using a refillable mug every morning instead of choosing the convenience of a disposable coffee cup.  Public transportation and carpooling are other options that can reduce traffic and emissions.  There are also initiatives that corporations can implement with regards to energy consumption and recycling that can help reduce their environmental impact.

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Topics: Vessel, Reactor, glass-lined equipment

Glass-Lined Equipment Guidelines, Optimization Tips, and Best Practices

Posted by Jennifer Mayo

Apr 5, 2018 11:02:00 AM

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We’ve been blogging for a few years now and have built up a substantial collection of posts that remain on our site for all the world to read (those places that have Internet access anyway).  If you subscribe to our blog, you are alerted of new articles as they get published, but have you ever viewed posts by topic to browse through some of our older posts that might be of interest to you? 

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The Benefits of Glass and Glass-Lined Steel Reactors

Posted by Jennifer Mayo

Mar 29, 2018 11:16:00 AM

6_API_Kilo-Pilot_Plant_reactormaxh=316,maxw=250,h=450,w=356.jpgMaterial of construction is a primary factor in equipment selection, especially when you are dealing with a product that requires a high level of corrosion resistance and purity.  If that’s the case, then glass and glass lining are most likely among your top choices.  Both offer similar advantages, but there are obvious differences that set them apart.  So how do glass and glass-lined steel compare to each other with regards to overall performance?  In this post we’ll demystify the properties of each of these materials and how they compare to one another. 

 

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Why you Should want to Attend a Glass-Lined Training Seminar

Posted by Jennifer Mayo

Mar 15, 2018 11:06:00 AM

image1-1.jpgTraining is a fundamental part of any job and is crucial to the development and success of an organization.  However, when people are asked to attend training seminars for work, it is often met with mixed reactions.  Some people enjoy the short-term break from the daily grind while others see it as an unwanted interruption in their busy routine.  While there is some truth in both points of view, it’s important to understand that training is put in place to enhance your knowledge for doing your job.  The relatively small amount of time that you invest into the training can pay off tenfold once you put what you’ve learned into practice. 

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Topics: glass-lined equipment, training

Distillation Overhead Selection Criteria: How to Size a Condenser

Posted by Todd Pollack

Mar 1, 2018 11:08:00 AM

distillation overheads-1.pngIf you have a reactor in your facility, chances are it isn’t just sitting there as a solo piece of equipment. More than likely, it is a part of a system that integrates other components to carry out multiple operations.  Many batch applications require the use of distillation overheads to carry out additional process functions, as reaction and distillation are often combined.  Basically, what happens here is the materials undergo a chemical reaction to create the desired products and then these products are separated into an end product and a by-product via distillation.

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Topics: Reactor, peripheral equipment, overheads, distillation

Inspection Checkpoints for Vessel Start-Up [Part 2]

Posted by Jennifer Mayo

Feb 22, 2018 11:03:00 AM

vessel top head.pngIn last week’s post, we discussed the necessary inspection points on a vessel that should be checked prior to starting-up your vessel. Whether it’s brand new and you are running it for a first time, or you are bringing a vessel back into production after some downtime due to maintenance or housekeeping reasons, it is critical for the safety of your equipment and employees to make sure your vessel ready to go.

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Topics: Vessel, Reactor, glass-lined equipment, Installation

Inspection Checkpoints for Vessel Start-Up [Part 1]

Posted by Jennifer Mayo

Feb 15, 2018 11:03:00 AM

Glass-lined_reactor_maintenance_image.jpgWhether you’ve just had a brand-new vessel installed in your plant or you are bringing an existing vessel back into production after some downtime (due to cleaning, maintenance, or other service-related procedure) it’s critical to make sure your i’s are dotted and t’s are crossed before you start-up your vessel. But what are those i’s and t’s?  Knowing this information can mean the difference between an easy, smooth start-up and some potentially serious (and completely preventable) issues.

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Topics: Vessel, Reactor, glass-lined equipment, Installation