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    DDPS Aftermarket Series: Spotlight on Spare Parts [Part 1]

    Posted by Jennifer Mayo

    Mar 7, 2019 11:46:00 AM

    moz-screenshot-172maxh=135,maxw=250,h=276,w=510Whether it’s household appliances, cars, or industrial equipment, most products require some additional expenses after the initial purchase.  Parts can become worn or damaged and need to be replaced due to rigorous operation or even simple, every day use.  Even if you have your equipment routinely serviced and you meticulously care for it, it’s just the nature of things –nothing is made to last forever. 

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    Topics: Reactor, glass-lined equipment, peripheral equipment

    Distillation Overhead Selection Criteria: How to Size a Condenser

    Posted by Todd Pollack

    Mar 1, 2018 11:08:00 AM

    distillation overheads-1.pngIf you have a reactor in your facility, chances are it isn’t just sitting there as a solo piece of equipment. More than likely, it is a part of a system that integrates other components to carry out multiple operations.  Many batch applications require the use of distillation overheads to carry out additional process functions, as reaction and distillation are often combined.  Basically, what happens here is the materials undergo a chemical reaction to create the desired products and then these products are separated into an end product and a by-product via distillation.

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    Topics: Reactor, peripheral equipment, overheads, distillation

    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

    Cleaning Systems for Filter/Dryers

    Posted by Jennifer Mayo

    Sep 17, 2015 12:00:00 PM

    External spray ringClean-in-place (CIP) is a design principle commonly used in industries that require frequent internal cleaning of their process equipment and depend on a high level of cleanability to maintain their systems in order to meet strict hygienic standards.  This includes but is not limited to pharmaceuticals, fine chemicals, processed food, beverage and cosmetics.  

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    Topics: peripheral equipment, Filtration and Drying

    PTFE Gasket Options for Glass-Lined Steel Equipment

    Posted by Jennifer Mayo

    Jun 18, 2015 12:00:00 PM

    Gore_Series_1000_cross_sectionThe role of a gasket is to create a tight seal between two components to prevent the unwanted emission of liquid or gas.  Depending on the equipment in which they are installed, gaskets sometimes require a higher level of resistance to pressure and temperature due to operating specifications.  Since compression is required to maintain the seal, gaskets are often made with a malleable material, such as PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene).  A PTFE gasket is able to more effectively create a seal between the harder surfaces of the components it is placed between when than a gasket made from rigid material, such as stainless steel. 

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

    Holiday Gift Ideas for Your Process Equipment

    Posted by Jennifer Mayo

    Dec 18, 2014 12:00:00 PM

    christmas_card-1Virtually every retail website offers gift ideas based on some type of search criteria to help you filter your options down to find just the right gift for each “special someone” in your life.  Gifts for him?  Gifts for her?  Gifts for a teenager?  Gifts for a toddler?  Or what about the techie in your life, that outdoor-loving uncle, or your vegan niece?   What if you’re looking to spend $50 or less or just want some ideas for simple stocking stuffers?  These are all examples of criteria that we use when searching for gifts online. 

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    Topics: Reactor, process optimization, material transfer, peripheral equipment, equipment upgrades

    Bottom Outlet Valve Options for Glass-Lined Vessels

    Posted by Jennifer Mayo

    Oct 9, 2014 12:00:00 PM

    moz-screenshot-128As defined on wikipedia.com, a valve is “a device that regulates, directs or controls the flow of a fluid (gases, liquids, fluidized solids, or slurries) by opening, closing, or partially obstructing various passageways”.  This simple definition helps to demonstrate that valves are fundamental components to virtually all processes in domestic life as well as the industrial sector.  From a basic appliance to a complex matrix of systems and components, valves provide the essential capability to manage the quantity, direction, and speed of material flow. 

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

    Glass-Lined Reactor Jacket Selection

    Posted by Jennifer Mayo

    Oct 1, 2014 1:03:00 PM

    gl500_hemicoilYou are probably well aware of the benefits of glass-lined reactors, most notably their chemical resistance and batch-to-batch cleanability.  Despite the numerous advantages that make them essential to most pharmaceutical and fine chemical processes, glass-lined equipment has the drawback of relatively low thermal conductivity.  To offset this shortcoming, jackets are used to assist in heating and cooling vessels.  Heat transfer fluids are passed through these jackets to add or remove heat to and from the process. 

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