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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. 

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    Topics: engineered systems, process systems

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

    5 Benefits of Modular Systems

    Posted by Jennifer Mayo

    May 18, 2017 11:07:00 PM

    Picture1.jpgModularization is an increasingly popular buzzword in the chemical processing industry, but what exactly does “going modular” mean and does it apply to every application?  As with most things in life, it’s on a case by case basis.  There are certainly instances when good old fashioned stick building is the way to go.  However, modular systems offer a lot of benefits.  So many, in fact, that it is definitely something to consider for your next new project or expansion.

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    Topics: engineered systems, engineering services

    4 Pieces of Advice before Starting your Next CPI Project

    Posted by Jennifer Mayo

    Mar 23, 2017 11:00:00 AM

    PID.pngStarting any new project can be overwhelming.  From reorganizing your garage to planning a large event, there are many details that need to be considered.  It’s quite intimidating to be at square one and imagine how you are going to get to the finish line when there are so many obstacles you’ll inevitably encounter along the way.  And when there are multiple items that need to be worked on, it’s daunting to figure out the right order in which to tackle each task.

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    Topics: engineered systems, engineering services

    Factory Acceptance Tests: What They are and Why They’re Important

    Posted by Jennifer Mayo

    Mar 2, 2017 11:00:00 AM

    Lilly_652 015.jpgThe hassle of dealing with issues when equipment is built and operated the first time around can be a huge headache if you are the one with the task of installation and start-up.  Wouldn’t it be nice to get some reassurance prior to receiving your equipment?   That’s what Factory Acceptance Tests, or FATs, are for.  Conducted at the manufacturer’s site prior to delivery and installation, these tests help to identify any issues and correct them prior to shipment.  Basically, an FAT is a “factory debug” to assure that when the system arrives on site, it should be able to be installed and get up and running quickly and smoothly.  If you’ve been wondering what exactly an FAT entails and why should get one, we’ve got some answers for you in this post. 

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    Topics: process optimization, engineered systems, validation

    The Benefits of Systemizing Glass-Lined Reactors

    Posted by Jennifer Mayo

    Oct 16, 2014 12:00:00 PM

    Engineered_System-1Through the strategic arrangement and organization of individual components, systems are built to help carry out a process in an efficient and time-saving manner.  The separate parts of the system each play a specific role in the process that, when combined, work together to accomplish an end goal, and often lead to cost savings as well.  We know this as systemization, and it involves a procedure being put in place in the interest of optimizing performance.  From the simplest to the most complex chemical processes, systemization offers numerous benefits to companies faced with various requirements and constraints.

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    Topics: glass-lined equipment, engineered systems