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What Can I do to Automate my Reactor?

Posted by Jennifer Mayo

Feb 10, 2017 11:19:01 AM

IMG_0626.jpgIf you have an application that employs batch reactors and you are looking for a way to improve the efficiency of your operation, seeing what process automation you have (and don’t have) in place is a good way to start.  When automation technologies are integrated into your system, they not only improve process control but they can also be an effective way to increase productivity, minimize costs and make your facility operate more ergonomically. 

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Topics: Reactor, process optimization

How Wall-Mounted Baffles can Boost Glass-Lined Reactor Performance

Posted by Jennifer Mayo

Feb 2, 2017 11:00:00 AM

OptiMix-HE.pngNowadays any mere mention of the word “vortex” might have you thinking about the Star Wars series and the windy, ice-capped planet that is affiliated with the Galactic Republic.    Chances are, though, if you are reading this post you are more concerned with the kind of vortex that is associated with mixing, especially if you have one in your process; it is the undesirable swirling effect that can occur in your glass-lined reactor if it is not properly baffled. 

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Topics: Vessel, Reactor, glass-lined equipment, Mixing, process optimization

Bringing New Life to your Old Glass-Lined Reactor through Reglassing

Posted by Jennifer Mayo

Jan 25, 2017 11:22:09 AM

HemiCoil_Jacketed_reglassed_reactor.jpgGlass-lined steel reactors are a substantial investment for any company to make, so it’s not the kind of equipment you want to simply discard once it becomes old or inoperative.  Most likely, you are using glass-lined equipment because your process requires a high level of corrosion resistance or other unique property that only glass lining can provide.  But after years of service (the number of years can vary greatly depending on the service conditions), your vessel will eventually require some sort of refurbishment.  Damage from mechanical or thermal shock can also prematurely cause your vessel to be out of commission, but in most cases when operating guidelines are followed, normal wear and tear will be the cause of erosion to the glass lining.

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

“That Doesn’t Look Right”: How to Evaluate Glass Lining Damage [Part 2]

Posted by Jennifer Mayo

Nov 19, 2015 2:00:00 PM

Glass damage - alkaline corrosionIn last week’s post we talked about mechanical and thermal stresses and shock that can be imposed on glass-lined surfaces, how the damage is caused, and how it can be avoided.  This week, we’ll pick up where we left off and dive into the different types of electrical issues and chemical attacks that can arise with glass-lined equipment operation.   As with the problems we talked about in part 1 of this post, the good news is that most, if not all, of this damage is preventable by following operating guidelines and through proper care and maintenance of your equipment.  But it’s always important to educate yourself on every aspect of your equipment, and knowing the various types of damage can help you to better evaluate what’s going on if something “doesn’t look right”. 

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Topics: Maintenance, glass-lined equipment

“That Doesn’t Look Right”: How to Evaluate Glass Lining Damage [Part 1]

Posted by Jennifer Mayo

Nov 12, 2015 12:00:00 PM

We’ve written about the benefits of glass lined equipment in another post, but we thought it might be helpful to explore what happens when things don't go as planned.  If you follow our guidelines on proper operation, maintenance and storage/handling you can prevent bad things from happening to your glass-lined equipment.  However, we know that in the real world sometimes things happen…mistakes, accidents, misunderstandings.  Use this post as a brief guide to give you an idea of what could be going on with your glass-lined equipment if something “doesn’t look right” to you. 

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Topics: Maintenance, glass-lined equipment

5 Questions (and Answers) about the Pneumatic Conveying of Solids

Posted by Jennifer Mayo

Nov 5, 2015 12:00:00 PM


Pneumatic Conveying System installed on reactorGetting solids from one place to another can present a variety of challenges in any process.  Whether you are transferring high value API’s, explosive organic powder, or food grade materials in bulk, the goal in all of these applications is to transfer the solids in a safe, contained, and efficient manner.  There are various types of equipment for conveying solids, and most fall into one of three major categories – manual, mechanical or pneumatic.  In this post, we’ll answer some basic questions about pneumatic conveying.

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Topics: powder handling, pneumatic transfer

4 Reasons why Reglassing is a “Spooktacular” Investment

Posted by Jennifer Mayo

Oct 29, 2015 12:00:00 PM

Reactor in a graveyardThe cool, crisp, October air coupled with the beautiful fall foliage can make this one of the loveliest times of year (that is, if you are fortunate to live in an area that offers the splendors of the season).  With Halloween just around the corner, autumn is also the best time of year for people to enjoy a good fright. Whether it’s watching classic horror movies where victims repeatedly make the same common senseless, life-threatening mistakes (What are you doing?!  Don’t go back in the house!!!) or standing at your front door for hours on end doling out candy to dozens of little girls all dressed as a certain “frozen” snow queen, everyone has a different idea as to what is scary (you might be surprised just how scary the latter can be).  So when you look at the image above you may have a different reaction than I do.

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Topics: Reactor, glass-lined equipment, process optimization, refurbishment, reglassing

Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about Glass-Lined Equipment

Posted by Jennifer Mayo

Oct 22, 2015 12:00:00 PM

Man thinking about glass-lined reactorsIf you are a long-time subscriber to our blog, you know that we cover a wide range of technologies, products, and services in our posts.  The intent here is to provide you with a variety of information from all areas of our expertise while keeping our content diverse so our blog doesn’t become stagnant.  Statistics show, however, that the overwhelming majority of people find our articles on glass-lined equipment to be the most useful.  Well, that is a bit assumptive – they are the most viewed, but we are hopeful that our readers find the content to be useful!  For this reason, we’ve compiled a list of the top glass-lined equipment blog posts from the past few years.  Maybe you’ve read some of these already and perhaps there are some included in the list that you haven’t come across yet.  Either way, there should be some new information you.

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Topics: Vessel, Reactor, glass-lined equipment

Why Glass-Lined Pipe is a Viable Choice for your Process

Posted by Jennifer Mayo

Oct 15, 2015 12:00:00 AM

Glass-lined pipe sectionsA project manager or process engineer typically takes a substantial amount of time and effort to find the best solution to match the requirements of their application - one that will provide optimal performance while conforming to specifications and fitting the other constraints of the project (space, time, and budget).  When so much consideration is taken on a large, expensive piece of equipment (as it should be), other ancillary equipment can be overlooked, or at least not given as much attention.  But when you think about it, your process peripherals (piping, pumps, valves, columns, column internals, hoses, expansion joints, seals, gaskets, etc.) are critical extensions of your main process equipment; therefore it is equally important for the components of your system to be as durable and efficient as the main unit(s).  When it comes to process piping, this is especially true – after all, you don’t want what goes through your pipe to go through your pipe. 

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Topics: glass-lined equipment

3 Ways Pneumatic Transfer can Increase Safety in your Workplace

Posted by Jennifer Mayo

Oct 8, 2015 12:00:00 PM

A safe and healthy work environment is a fundamental component to the success of any process that is operated in your facility.  As a professional, protecting your employee’s health and safety is a primary concern when you are considering powder handling equipment for your application. 

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Topics: powder handling, pneumatic transfer