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    The Ultimate Cheat Sheet for GlasLock Blades

    Posted by Jennifer Mayo

    Jul 19, 2018 11:34:00 AM

    GlasLock - OptiFoilThe GlasLock interchangeable blade system has become the agitator of choice for many of processes that utilize glass-lined steel equipment.  In fact, GlasLock is the standard agitator for our GL series reactors.  What makes this blade system so popular is its ability to be adjusted, removed, and interchanged, a quality that is especially important in processes that can undergo so many changes.  Unlike a one-piece agitator which is selected based on specific process objectives, GlasLock blades can be set to various angles or swapped out for different shaped blades to accomplish different mixing objectives. 


    Topics: Mixing, Agitation, equipment upgrades

    Optimizing your Mixing System: A Compilation of Posts

    Posted by Jennifer Mayo

    Mar 16, 2017 11:00:00 AM

    agitators.pngIf your reactor isn’t operating at the productivity rate it used to, there are a number of reasons that could be causing this.  It depends on the symptoms, but usually one of the first items you should look at is the mixing system.  After all, agitation is a primary part of the reaction process and it is one of the technologies that can be tweaked or upgraded to help optimize the performance of the entire operation. 


    Topics: Mixing, Agitation, 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. 


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

    Agitator Options for Glass-Lined Reactors

    Posted by Jennifer Mayo

    Sep 16, 2014 12:00:00 PM

    glaslock_white“Are we looking to increase yield or improve batch time? Do we need to be concerned with low-level mixing?  Should we get single or multiple tiers?  And what blades will work best for our process?!”  These are the questions that can be overheard when a process engineer is frantically pacing around his cubicle, mulling over the design options for a new mixing system.  Okay, maybe we’re being a bit dramatic, or perhaps the engineer in our scenario is agitated about something else (no pun intended), but our point is that considerable thought needs to go into picking an agitation system.

    Selecting and fitting the correct agitator for your glass-lined vessel batch process is extremely important for the optimization of your reactor performance.   The duty of the agitator must first be assessed, followed by the evaluation of flow pattern and regime as well as any special requirements that need to be taken into consideration, such as blending time, product concentration, and viscosity.  Based on the relevant factors that comprise your unique process, an agitator design that matches the requirements of the application can be determined. 


    Process Objectives

    The first step to picking out the appropriate agitator is to answer, “What is the most important job for your agitator to accomplish?”  In many situations there are multiple objectives that need to be carried out simultaneously.  Here is a list of the common responses to this question:
    • Suspension
    • Dissolution/Crystallization
    • Extraction Liquid/Solid
    • Chemical Reaction
    • Emulsion
    • Blending
    • Extraction Liquid-Liquid
    • Gas Sparging
    • Dilution
    • Neutralization
    • Dispersion
    • Heat Transfer
    • Absorption
    • Fermentation
    • Circulation
    • Coagulation

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

    What are the Options for Agitator Seals on a Glass-Lined Reactor?

    Posted by Tom Adams

    Jun 20, 2013 12:00:00 PM

    Mechanical-sealGlass-Lined reactors are used in number of difficult environments.  Some are difficult due to the chemistry of the contents, while others are challenging due to the need to protect the contents from contamination.  In either case, one of the more important areas to pay attention to is the shaft seal on the agitator.  This is the part that prevents the contents of the reactor from escaping during operation, which could cause harm to the environment, the equipment itself, and any personnel in the vicinity.  There are a number of different options for shaft seals and it is important to pick one that matches the requirements of the application.


    Topics: Mechanical Seals, Mixing, Agitation