Solutions Ahead Blog

    The Modernization of Chemical Plants

    Posted by Lennis Perez

    Nov 8, 2018 1:24:00 PM

    Old QVFIf you were a chemical engineering major in college like me, most of your time in school was probably consumed with writing lab reports, solving complicated math problems, and completing copious amounts of physics and chemistry homework.  My curriculum did require a few humanity classes (I guess to diversify the repertoire of the engineering student’s workload), but little time was spent learning about the actual history of chemical plants.  Don’t you think it would have been interesting to take a “Chemical Plants History” class?

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    Topics: process systems, upgrades

    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. 

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    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.

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    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. 

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    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.

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    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.   

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    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.

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    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. 

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    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.  

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    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. 

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