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    Gasket Options for Glass-Lined Vessels

    Posted by Jennifer Mayo

    Feb 1, 2018 11:13:00 AM

    double_envelope_gasket.pngUpon first glance, a gasket may appear to be an inconsequential part in a robust reactor system, but the job of this component is critical to the successful operation of your vessel.  The role of a gasket is to create a tight seal between two components to prevent the unwanted emission of liquid or gas.  Failure to do so can be catastrophic to your operation!

    The extreme temperatures and pressures under which glass-lined vessels often operate make it imperative that you select the right kind of gasket to withstand the specifications of your process.  

    Since compression is required to maintain the seal, gaskets are typically made with a malleable material, such as PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene).  A supple material like this is able to more effectively create a seal between the harder surfaces of the components it is placed between than a gasket made from rigid material, such as stainless steel. 

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    Topics: glass-lined equipment, process optimization, peripheral equipment

    4 Reasons why Reglassing your Reactor is a Frightfully Good Idea

    Posted by Jennifer Mayo

    Nov 2, 2017 11:02:00 AM

    Reactor in a graveyardHalloween may be over, but we still thought it would be a good time to ressurrect an old post of ours about reglassing, especially since we recently published a new Introduction to Reglassing brochure.  It's a great resource to learn more about the subject and how it can help bring new life to your old, used, or damaged glass-lined steel equipment.  

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

    (Your) Questions and (Our) Answers about Glass-Lined Equipment

    Posted by Jennifer Mayo

    Oct 26, 2017 11:14:00 AM

    SA_reactormaxh=165,maxw=100,h=650,w=392.jpgThe main purpose of our Solutions Ahead blog is to write about topics that you, our readers, want to hear about.  We are constantly brainstorming ideas for posts that we think are interesting, but what better way to come up with good subject matter than to get it directly from you?  

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    Topics: Vessel, Reactor, glass-lined equipment

    Glass-Lined Reactor Model Comparison

    Posted by Jennifer Mayo

    Sep 14, 2017 4:03:00 PM

    Reactor comparison.pngIf you are new to glass-lined steel equipment, it can be intimidating when it comes time to determine the specifications of the vessel.   Especially when filling out our Reactor Specification Form, you might find yourself with more “don’t know” and “not sure” responses than actual specs…and that’s okay.  Our team of experts can help to identify what is the best type of reactor to suit your needs (that's what we’re here for, after all).  But if you’re like me, you want to be an educated consumer and make some informed decisions on your own or at least have a basic understanding of what you need and why. 

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    Topics: Reactor, glass-lined equipment

    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

    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