3 Indicators of Effective Chemical Process Equipment

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Tal Shechter
Apr 19, 2016
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3 Indicators of Effective Chemical Process Equipment

Chemical process equipment, specifically homogenizers, can have a significant impact on the quality of product being purchased by consumers. Such products range from adhesives, resins, pigments, polymers, pastes, and more. When working to produce them, it is important to keep in mind factors that will give your product an edge over competition.

Keep reading for what any scientist should look for in his/her chemical process equipment, specifically homogenizers, and which will indicate its effectiveness.

  • Can be scaled to manufacturing

The chemical industry is one of innovation; as such, this work must begin in the laboratory with experimentation and trial-and-error. When a newly-discovered product needs to be scaled to manufacturing, the process can be much easier when scalable equipment is involved. Some companies make their homogenizers scalable, so that one can be used in the small-scale lab setting, yet another machine that can handle large-scale manufacturing doesn’t require a change in process.

  • Reduces particle size

Decreased size of the particles comprising a chemical product has far-reaching effects. In terms of reactions, products can expect to have enhanced dissolution rates, quicker reaction time, and decreased need for enzyme catalysts. Additionally, finer/smaller (vs. coarse/larger) particles promote stability; this point is particularly critical for chemical products comprised of emulsions or dispersions. High quality homogenizers reduce particle size much more efficiently than other mixing methods; impressively, it can accomplish this with pressure instead of heat, which translates to enhanced product color intensities and extraction processes. (1)

  • Synthesizes high quality dispersions

Homogenizers serve numerous functions- blending, synthesis of suspensions, and emulsion production to name a few- yet some are more frequently used in a given industry than others. For example, dispersions are used for a variety of products, including paints, acrylics, polymers, and petroleum additives. The powerful mixing achieved by homogenization allows for maximum particle packing, better particle coating during formulations, increased conductivity, and smoother surface quality. Additionally, the stability achieved during particle size reduction (as described in the above point) prevents the mixture’s phases from separating over time.

Pion: Makers of High Quality Chemical Process Equipment

Are you in need of a high pressure homogenizer for your chemical process? Pion's BEE brand technologies are trusted by lab managers and researchers around the world. Our chemical process equipment customers are improving a wide range of materials by expanding their capabilities and creating more diverse reactions. For example, our particle size reduction technology creates more consistent emulsions and dispersions with a tighter distribution of smaller particles. Additionally, our modular technology offers unique processing setups such as dual feeds, dual jets, and high viscosity chemical process equipment solutions.

Learn more about how Pion homogenizers can improve your chemical process by telling us more about your application.

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