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    Cleanability, Process and Maintenance Optimization on Glass-Lined Double Conical Dryers

    Posted by Jennifer Mayo

    Jul 18, 2019 3:51:12 PM

    Double_Conical_Dryer_Case_Study_current_design-after_revampingGlass-lined double conical dryers are a workhorse in the pharmaceutical and fine chemical industries, with a rigorous design that enables them to run for decades.  A common issue with these units, however, is the vessel's cleanability.  Enhancements are available that provide revamping possibilities that will improve not only the cleanability and filtration process, but will also significantly reduce the maintenance cycle time. This blog post features a case study that illustrates how an upgrade to the dryer vacuum tube can accomplish all of these improvements.  

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    Topics: batch dryer, indirect drying, refurbishment

    Top 4 Benefits of the Reactor Buyback Program

    Posted by Jennifer Mayo

    May 9, 2019 2:27:00 PM

    OptiMix retrofit1True “Win/Win” situations don’t come around every day, but when they do, they make everybody happy.  It can sound like a bit of a gimmick, but these circumstances do exist!  They occur when all participants involved mutually benefit from some type of exchange.

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    Topics: Vessel, Reactor, glass-lined equipment, refurbishment

    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

    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

    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

    What is Reglassing and How Can it Work for You?

    Posted by Jennifer Mayo

    Aug 13, 2015 12:00:00 PM

    OVERVI1maxh=317,maxw=250,h=613,w=482There are many things in life that are just not worth fixing.  Your old or damaged glass-lined reactor doesn’t have to be one of them.  Depending on the service conditions, some vessels can last for years and years without any issues of erosion to the glass lining.  Other, more corrosive services can erode their way through a reactor’s glass-lining in six months while others can destroy the glass lining in a year or two, leaving a virtually new vessel unusable. Mechanical and thermal shock can also account for damage that could render a vessel unusable.

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    Topics: Vessel, Reactor, glass-lined equipment, service, refurbishment, reglassing

    6 Benefits of Refurbishing your Filter-Dryer

    Posted by Jennifer Mayo

    Dec 11, 2014 12:00:00 PM

    Filter-Dryer_Refurbishment_BEFORE_and_AFTERIf you are a key decision maker in your company’s budget, you most likely find yourself continually looking for ways to maintain a balance between procuring high quality filtration systems and managing equipment costs.  There are certainly ways to cut corners and save money; the challenge is figuring out the right ways to do it without it negatively impacting your productivity and ultimately your bottom line.  Since the purchase of new process equipment usually involves a significant expense (one that your company might not be willing to invest in when you need it), refurbished filter/dryers offer a practical alternative.

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    Topics: Filtration and Drying, refurbishment, equipment upgrades