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First project for SRF Ltd. India.
In alliance with our partner Hi Tech Applicator MB Plastics did the PFa lining of a carbon steel column. especially the combination of high temperature with chemicals was a challenge. The job was used as a trainings project for hightech specialist in orde to guaranty local maintenance support for the SRF plant. With this cooperation MB Plastics Europe and Hitech succeeded to combine knowledge and skills and hope for a bright future, with lots of projects to come.
Future production concepts in the (petro) chemical and Pharmaceutical industry
Over the last 5 years, the chemical and pharmaceutical industry has been working on 2 major production concepts to improve their production:
- Continuous flow;
- Modularized production.
Huntsman Quickstep HCL Plant Project (MB Plastics Europe BV)
The general goal is to produce faster, with a higher quality and less waste.
Due to globalized and volatile markets, reduction of time-to market is as essential as safe, resource-efficient and flexible production. The chemical industry is facing an increasing demand from fast growing and vibrant markets such as South East Asia , India and South America and a trend to customized specialty and fine chemicals. This leads to high product varieties which are produced from small amounts to over hundred tons per year.
The traditional batch process is a long-term run and requires a lot of chemical engineering know-how and calculations as well as experimental results from lab-scale and pilot plant prototyping. Step by step the production volume is increased until the final production plant is build. Every step is difficult, accounts for a high investment and increases time-to-market. Besides this market foresight has potentially a high deviation rate as time-to-market is too long.
So the continuous –flow and modularized process approaches to overcome the disadvantages of batch production and reduce the development time of a chemical or biotechnological production process from initial idea to market operation with simultaneous energy and resource efficiency are a new paradigm in chemical and pharmaceutical industry.
Advantages of continuous production methods:
- Smaller ecological footprint
The required equipment is much smaller and more easy to handle. Process cycle times are lower as well as operating costs. Maximized quality control and a higher level of automation coupled with less human interaction allows for smarter and digitized process control.Depending on the produced chemical the usage of single-use equipment could be profitable. The overall need for inventory and storage is much lower. For processes which are susceptible to contamination, like in pharmaceutical drug production, continuous processes together with real-time monitoring and regular sampling can easily detect such contaminations and allow for discarding only a small amount of the product instead of the entire batch.
- The process is fully integrated
This means that the products of one reactin flow into the next through small-volume pipes.
One can now use certain kinds of chemical reactions that are not feasible in batch processes, such as very fast reactions, highly exothermic reactions, safety-relevant conversions like nitration, or those which require specific light- or UV-impulse or high temperatures. This could open a completely new field of chemicals and drugs.
We believe that it will be a question of time until all major pharmaceutical drug producers have commercial-scale continuous- manufacturing facilities.
These facilities allow a quick reaction to increasing or decreasing market demands and are very suitable for the chemical process industry.
The target behind modular plant systems is to use standard modules for continuous manufacturing. By using continuous manufacturing laboratory equipment very similar to the final process equipment, the detailed engineering of the final production facility can be realized with the chosen laboratory plant structure. The production facility is then assembled from pre-configured modules.
This method reduces throughput times and optimize the energy efficiency of the process.
The modularization of key components such as columns , piping and pumps contributes significantly to an increased efficiency and reduced time-to-market as well as allows for industry – wide use. Furthermore models of automotive industry supply chains can be adapted which offer great potential for synergies and competitive advantages for specialty and fine chemicals companies.
So the continuous-manufacturing and modularized plant system approach could lead to produce cost-effectively over the long term and this right from day one, just by offering the optimal balance between investments and operating costs as well as future updates.
Continuous-manufacturing and modularized plant system will be the future standard in chemical process industry.
Source: Achema Asia 9-12 May 2016 Achema Worldwide News.
Solvay Rosignanon Itiniris Project
MB Plastics Europe BV is gedreven om voortgang te boeken, onze technieken op de juiste manier te gebruiken en mooie projecten te realiseren. Deze maand bevinden wij ons in de afrondingsfase van het Itiniris project. Het gaat hier om 2 peroxide opslagtanks van 4 bij 13 meter die geheel van binnen bekleed worden met PFA. Deze opslagtanks worden ingezet in de semiconductor industrie. Samen met Industrie Verträtung Wijers hebben wij deze opdracht voor Solvay Rosignano, Italië, mogen ontvangen.
3 weken geleden is de eerste RVS 316 tank, vanuit Gilze, met zwaar transport naar Italië vervoerd waar het zonder complicaties werd geïnstalleerd. MB Plastics Europe BV verwacht dat de 2de tank eind april wordt geïnstalleerd.
Nieuwe aanwinsten MB Plastics Europe BV
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De beide nieuwe medewerkers Songtan Kampiwpan en Jelle Berendsen zijn per ingang van 1 maart jl. in dienst getreden .
Het zijn beide enthousiastelingen die met veel overtuiging, plezier en kennis aan de slag zijn gegaan. Ze zullen invulling geven aan de ambities die we hebben.