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    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

    What Can I do to Automate my Reactor?

    Posted by Jennifer Mayo

    Feb 10, 2017 11:19:01 AM

    IMG_0626.jpgIf you have an application that employs batch reactors and you are looking for a way to improve the efficiency of your operation, seeing what process automation you have (and don’t have) in place is a good way to start.  When automation technologies are integrated into your system, they not only improve process control but they can also be an effective way to increase productivity, minimize costs and make your facility operate more ergonomically. 

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    Topics: Reactor, process optimization

    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

    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

    Top 5 Tips for Keeping your Glass-Lined Equipment in Good Shape

    Posted by Jennifer Mayo

    Oct 1, 2015 12:59:00 PM

    Reactor on a treadmillIt’s no secret that staying in shape takes a considerable amount of effort.  In addition to the mental commitment, you have to find the time and energy on a daily basis to squeeze in workouts in between work, family and personal time.  And that’s on top of eating right, getting plenty of rest, staying hydrated, and so on.  These can be difficult tasks to keep up with, especially for the long term, but many people manage to persevere and not succumb to the couch with a bag of chips.  Why?  There are many different reasons, but overall, leading a healthier lifestyle makes you look better, feel better, and increases your quality of life. 

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

    Cleaning Solutions for Glass-Lined Equipment

    Posted by Jennifer Mayo

    Sep 24, 2015 12:00:00 AM

    Installation of spray ball on reactorWe talked last week about the criteria for designing efficient cleaning systems in filter/dryers and the various options available.  To reiterate a bit on the history and definition of “in-place” cleaning, this term identifies the ability to clean without dismantling the equipment.  Cleaning systems vary for different types of equipment and the solution can differ based on factors such as equipment material of construction, soil load, and vessel geometry.  One aspect remains consistent, though – all in-place cleaning systems aim to deliver good, effective cleaning.  Regardless of the level of cleaning required (WIP, CIP, or SIP), cleaning in-place equates to faster, easier cleaning, less labor required to achieve cleaning, and a reduced risk of chemical exposure to employees. 

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    Topics: Vessel, Reactor, clean-in-place

    Optimizing the Glass-Lined Reactor: A Compilation of Blog Posts

    Posted by Jennifer Mayo

    Sep 10, 2015 12:00:00 PM

    There is a common saying that a picture is worth a thousand words.  Taking that method of reasoning a step further I would gather that a video is worth a million words.  Our objective in creating the Optimizing the Glass-Lined Reactor video was to get across to you what couldn’t be described in words.  And let’s face it, who has the time these days to read a million words?!  But most people can spare about three and a half minutes of their time (and if you are one of them, you might want to check out this video):

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    Topics: Reactor, glass-lined equipment, process optimization, equipment upgrades

    The 10 Step Guide for Sending Glass-Lined Equipment in for Reglassing

    Posted by Jennifer Mayo

    Aug 20, 2015 1:16:49 PM

    Reactor reglassingAt some point, the addition of more plugs, patches or sleeves to your glass-lined vessel becomes uneconomical, or results in a repair of questionable integrity.  When you’ve reached this stage in the lifecycle of your equipment it’s time to consider replacement or refurbishment.  In last week’s post, we talked about reglassing – what it is, the advantages it offers over buying new equipment, and how it is performed.  (If you are unfamiliar with reglassing, we suggest you read that article first to get up to speed on this service and how it could apply to your equipment.)  All glass-lined reactors, tanks, columns, and accessories such as covers, agitators and baffles, can be reglassed if the steel substrate is in good or repairable condition.  Once you’ve decided that your equipment is a candidate for reglassing these are the steps you should following for preparing your equipment to send in for service:

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    Topics: Vessel, Reactor, service, refurbishment, reglassing