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    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: upgrades, process systems

    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

    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

    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 Reasons your Company Should Consider Product Recovery

    Posted by Lennis Perez

    Jun 22, 2017 11:01:00 AM

     Fotolia_54266143_L.jpgProduct recovery is an old concept, yet it is still relevant to many industrial operations.  Inevitably there will be some level of wastage in a process, that’s to be expected; but in many cases the amount of waste and/or the value of the product makes recovery a viable option to consider.  The market is constantly changing, bringing forth innovative, new solutions and improvements to existing equipment that you can utilize to recover more product, adjust to higher purity requirements, and potentially reduce energy consumption. Here are the top 5 reasons why you should consider recovering your product:

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    Topics: process optimization, process systems, product recovery

    Material of Construction Options for Chemical Process Plants

    Posted by Lennis Perez

    Apr 27, 2017 11:00:00 AM

    QVF5.jpgWhen it comes to building a process plant, there are many material of construction options for you to consider.  For some plants, the application itself can dictate what MOCs are needed.  Previous experience, continuity and plant standards can also play a crucial role in this decision. 

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    Topics: process systems