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Three Modular Pilot Plants We Process Engineered the Specs Out Of

Projects where we get to nerd out on process engineering are the best. We love engineering like a boss, especially with projects where we get exposed to a new technology or approach. In reviewing the modular pilot plants & process systems that really got us going this year, three projects stood out: Modular Pilot Plant […]

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industrial distillation system

Why You Shouldn’t Trust “Instant” Quotes for Process Systems

What causes people to look for an instant quote? Pressure from their superiors, easy website forms, fast-track timelines, budget deadlines, etc. the list goes on. Whatever the case is, instant quotes are a risky move with a plethora of issues. Instant quotes can be beneficial in understanding a wide price range for a project but […]

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3d Absorption column design

Distillation Columns: Design Best Practices

What do you need to know to start designing distillation columns? You will need to know some information about the process objectives you are trying to achieve before you can start column design. Even if you go to a professional distillation system design firm, they will still need the following information to begin. Many of […]

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Solvent Recovery

EPIC Saves the Solvent, Recovery Style

Our modular process group is well versed in solvent recovery. We design and fabricate complete solvent recovery modular process skids. What does that mean? That means that we produce proven systems that follow industry regulations and combat solvent costs. Whether you want to recover solvent to recycle it back into your process or dispose of it […]

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Steam stripping column for wastewater

Steam Distillation: When, Why, How

Steam stripping is an efficient way to remove organic compounds or Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s) from a water-based process stream. Generally speaking a pound of steam will vaporize 4-5 pounds of organics because steam has a latency of vaporization of 1000’s BTUs/lb vs. 200 BTUs for organics. How Industrial Steam Stripping Works: Steam distillation, or […]

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fractional distillation system

Fractional Distillation

Fractional distillation is the process of separating a substance into its parts (or fractions), taking advantage of different vapor pressure properties of those substances. Fractional distillation is often used as a synonym with “distillation” because distillation always takes advantage of a difference in boiling points of component substances for separation. The basic steps to distillation are: […]

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Pilot Plant with Distillation Column

When Vacuum Distillation is Useful

Industrial distillation can be achieved in a variety of ways. If the elements of your solution have distinct vapor pressures and boiling points, a basic distillation system might be all you need. However, vacuum distillation is the perfect solution when you have elements that decompose when heated at atmospheric pressure – or – that have […]

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Industrial CO2 Distillation Pilot Plant Proving Long Term Viability

EPIC Systems, Inc. designed and engineered a distillation pilot plant that successfully removes over 80% CO2 from exhaust generated by a coal-fired power plant. The pilot plant, which utilizes Akermin Inc.’s process technology, has recently passed a significant milestone. It completed over 1,600 hours of operation without any reduction in efficacy. Samples of the flue […]

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Five Critical Factors to Vapor-Liquid Equilibrium During Distillation

The first, and most critical, step in successful distillation system design is modeling vapor-liquid equilibrium. Understanding the factors that affect vapor-liquid equilibrium is essential for successful modeling of this key interaction. Qualified engineers should review the following five factors before moving forward to column operating objectives. Factor #1 – Relative Volatility Factor #2 – Activity Coefficient […]

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