MFG upgraded a 100-gallon stainless steel reactor, which produces hot oil and steam reactions up to 550°F.
The pilot has internal cooling coils, two top feed ports; one bottom (dip tube) feed port, a pack column condenser, a reflux column, standard tube condenser, a small distillation column and a vacuum capability at 8 Torr.
The 100-gallon reactor now sits on a mezzanine 12 inches off the floor, with new insulation. There has also been a pressure cleaning and general upgrading of the entire pilot plant.
“This 100-gallon pilot plant reactor is worth its weight in gold. It is popular with customers because it produces one and two drum-sized quantities of the needed specialty chemicals for evaluation and use prior to total scale-up. It is also used for internal studies to optimize the process and improve safety," MFG’s Chief Science and Technology Officer Guido DeStefano said.
“This is a very useful pilot plant because it meets our customers’ small quantity needs, without tying up an entire manufacturing plant," CEO Keith Arnold added. "We will plan to add a second 100-gallon pilot reactor as customer needs continue to grow.”