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Mixer-Settlers: A Top Choice for Liquid/Liquid Extraction Processes

Posted by Jennifer Mayo

Oct 11, 2018 11:39:00 AM

Mixer settlerMixer-settlers are commonly used for liquid/liquid solvent extraction applications that typically operate in continuous mode.  Their name is derived from the two stages that make up the process – the first stage that mixes the two liquid phases together to accomplish mass transfer, and the second stage that uses gravity to naturally separate and settle the phases. 


Topics: engineered systems, process systems

Reconditioned Equipment: A Viable Alternative to Buying Brand-New

Posted by Jennifer Mayo

Oct 4, 2018 2:39:54 PM

20180807_094711Maintaining an up-to-date plant of modern equipment and components that can meet your production demands is what every facility hopes to achieve.  Fully functioning systems that work properly and are in good condition not only keep your operators happy, but they also minimize maintenance costs. If you are in the position to expand your operation, or need to replace any units within the process, purchasing new equipment is often the first solution that comes to mind.  New equipment can be costly though, so it isn’t a realistic option for every company.  Even if it is, it’s not always fiscally sensible.  If you have existing equipment that needs repair or upgrading, you can consider having the unit refurbished.  But if you need additional equipment and you don’t have the capital to buy it brand-new, a third option is to purchase reconditioned equipment.


Case Study: Minimizing Bromine for Chlorine Electrolyzers

Posted by Jennifer Mayo

Sep 20, 2018 1:38:55 PM

Debromination SystemIf you have read our blog before, or are familiar with our product lines, you understand we specialize in glass-lined steel and borosilicate glass equipment.  While these materials of construction are preferred and sometimes required for certain corrosive processes, there are also times, in the many industries we serve, that they are not the right fit for the application.  This shouldn’t come as a surprise; part of being in a niche market means you are fulfilling a specific need and not a solution for everyone.  There are instances, however, when a company’s expertise in a certain technology outweighs the other challenges of the project, and an alternative solution can be achieved. 


Topics: process systems

Top 10 Reasons to Attend a Glass-Lined Equipment Training Seminar

Posted by Jennifer Mayo

Aug 30, 2018 3:33:00 PM

Training_Seminars_Brochure_coverTraining is a fundamental part of any job and is crucial to the development and success of an organization.  This is especially true for reliability engineers, maintenance personnel, and other employees who work closely with glass-lined steel process equipment.  Whether you are new to glass-lined equipment or have some familiarity with it, training on the installation and care of this equipment is a critical component to your job that will ensure you operate your system properly.


Topics: training, glass-lined equipment

Case Studies to Prove You Can Safely Obtain a Sample from Your Process

Posted by Jennifer Mayo

Aug 23, 2018 11:38:00 AM

Vessel_Mounted_Sampling_SystemSampling your product during operation is the most precise way to obtain a truly representative sample.  The problem lies in finding a way to do so without disrupting your process and without contaminating the batch.  These case studies are excellent examples that illustrate how three of our clients utilized various sampling solutions to accomplish their sampling objectives safely and accurately.   


Topics: sampling

Best Practices for Low Volume Mixing in Reactors

Posted by Jennifer Mayo

Jul 26, 2018 11:11:00 AM

glaslock_whiteTypically, when you purchase a glass-lined vessel, you specify it according to the batch size of your intended process.  Sometimes, however, it is necessary (or desirable) to run smaller batches in existing equipment that was designed for much higher volumes.  Low level mixing is also inevitable when your vessel contents require constant agitation, even during emptying of the reactor.  But is it even possible to mix 5 gallons of product in a 500-gallon vessel?  The answer is yes, but there are cautions, rules, and guidelines that should be obeyed in order to successfully accomplish low-level mixing.  In this post we’ll tell you all about them, so you can run your agitator correctly and safely in small batches.


The Ultimate Cheat Sheet for GlasLock Blades

Posted by Jennifer Mayo

Jul 19, 2018 11:34:00 AM

GlasLock - OptiFoilThe GlasLock interchangeable blade system has become the agitator of choice for many of processes that utilize glass-lined steel equipment.  In fact, GlasLock is the standard agitator for our GL series reactors.  What makes this blade system so popular is its ability to be adjusted, removed, and interchanged, a quality that is especially important in processes that can undergo so many changes.  Unlike a one-piece agitator which is selected based on specific process objectives, GlasLock blades can be set to various angles or swapped out for different shaped blades to accomplish different mixing objectives. 


Topics: Mixing, equipment upgrades, Agitation

Pilot Testing Options

Posted by Lennis Perez

Jul 12, 2018 11:21:00 AM

Pilot testing imageTesting in the chemical industry, often referred to a pilot testing, can provide great feedback with a much lower risk. It is recommended to run a “pilot test” before making major decisions, especially those who carry a large financial investment for your company.  During pilot testing you are essentially creating a miniature version of a production-scale operation in order to replicate the environment of your process on a smaller scale. The test will help ensure you get the end results you want.  


Topics: process systems, glass systems, engineered systems, engineering services

Agitators in Nutsche Filter Dryers

Posted by Jennifer Mayo

Jun 21, 2018 11:01:00 AM

image-1Agitated nutsche filter/dryers have been around for decades and have been designed as workhorses for industrial applications, particularly in the pharmaceutical and fine chemical industries.  These pressurized filter-dryer designs are in virtually every API (Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient) manufacturing process and are valued for the ability to combine filtration, washing, and drying steps of the process in one piece of equipment. 


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)




Topics: powder handling