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May 1, 2013

AchemAsia 2013

Gerald Ondrey

With more than 400 exhibitors from over 20 countries, AchemAsia 2013 is the most international trade fair for the chemical process industries (CPI) in Asia. Held every three years since 1989, the event is expected to draw upwards of 12,000 visitors, says organizer Dechema e.V. (Frankfurt am Main, Germany; www.dechema.de). Held in the CNCC — China National Convention Center, Beijing, the exhibition program covers the complete CPI spectrum, from laboratory and analytical techniques to plant construction, and spans the sectors from food and pharmaceuticals to petrochemicals. A special focus this year is on the environment and water treatment.

As in previous years, AchemAsia 2013 includes the accompanying congress program, with papers presented in areas such as plant equipment and construction, process analysis and chemical separation technology, alternatives to petroleum, environmental protection and industrial water treatment. This year, the congress will take the form of themed satellite symposia co-organized with partners. Readers of Chemical Engineering magazine will be interested in these satellite symposia. The Separation Technology Symposia, for example, runs May 15–16, and is hosted by Dechema, the Chemical Industry and Engineering Society of China (CIESC) and China National Chemical Information Center (CNCIC). Topics covered over these two days include distillation, new types of separation technology, membrane separation, and filtration and cyclone separation.

 

i.safe Mobile
This mobile phone can be used in hazardous zones

The Advantage 1.0 is said to be the world’s first ATEX and IEC-Ex Zone 1/21 mobile phone with 3G technology. The device is a very robust, dust- and water-proof industry mobile phone, according to IP 67. It withstands drops from 2 m, weighs only 180 g, and can be used at temperatures between –20 and 60°C. The device has a 2-megapixel camera and LED flash that allows users to take pictures in Ex Zone 1/21. For lone-worker applications, the phone features a motion sensor, a very accurate GPS functionality and an S.O.S. button. Stand C12 — i.safe Mobile GmbH, Lauda-Königshofen, Germany

www.isafe-mobile.com

 

Someflu


 

Plastic makes these centrifugal pumps
resist corrosives

Since 1962, this company has been manufacturing horizontal and vertical centrifugal pumps to handle corrosive and abrasive fluids. The pumps are made of various thermoplastics (PP, PVDF, PE-UHMW, PFA, PTFE) or stainless steel (AISI 316, 316L, 904L and Hastelloy). The pumps can be equipped with mechanical seals or magnetic drives, and are machined in thick parts of plastic to make them robust. Most recently, the company has introduced the first centrifugal pump with thick parts made of PEEK (polyether etherketone), which offers temperature resistance of over 200°C and chemical resistance to solvents, acids, bases and more. On display at the stand is a NP 80-50-200 pump made of PVDF, with ATEX explosion-proof standards. This horizontal non-metallic pump is ISO 2858 standard. Stand G36 — Someflu, Bagnolet, France

www.someflucom

 

descote



Bellows-sealed valves for really hazardous chemicals

For 40 years, this company has developed and manufactured bellows-sealed globe valves for hazardous applications in the chemical, petrochemical and nuclear industries. The company’s complete range of manual, actuated on-off and control bellows-sealed globe valves is now EuroChlor approved, according to the new GEST 06/318 specifications used on liquid chlorine. The company has experience in processes involving chlorine and anhydrous HCl (chlor-alkali, MDI, TDI, VCM/PVC, EDC), as well as anhydrous HF (HF alkylation, fluorochemicals, polysilicones and semiconductor gases). Stand G22 — descote s.a.s., Feyzin, France

www.descote.com


Ningbo Klaus Union

Mag-drive pumps for challenging environments

This company’s magnetic-drive pumps now exceed driving power of 515 kW, with flowrates of 3,500 m3/h, delivery heads of 160 m and system pressures from PN 16 to 400. They can operate at temperatures of 450°C without external cooling and can handle viscosities of over 3,000 cP-s. An API 685 pump includes such features as: a double-wall isolation shell to provide secondary containment; protecting rub rings to avoid damage to the isolation shell coming from the rotating inner and outer magnetic ring; a 300-lb centerline supported casing; confined control compression gaskets; renewable wear rings; anti-friction bearings designed for 50,000 h; and non-sparking labyrinth rings. Stand E8 — Ningbo Klaus Union, Ningbo, China

www.clausunion.com

 

Smith Flow Control

A power tool for opening and closing valves

The EasiDrive portable valve actuator effortlessly opens and closes valves in petroleum refineries, power plants, paper mills and chemical processing plants. Generating a torque of up to 2,000 Nm, this tool enables a single operator to efficiently drive multiple valves with a single tool, while reducing fatigue and risk of injury. EasiDrive II features a variable output torque, controlled by a choice of preset Filter Regulator Lubricator (FRL) packs. These FRL packs manage the output available to drive the valve, preventing human error that can lead to improper use of the system, while also ensuring that the proper torque is applied at all times. The EasiDrive system can be powered by air, electricity or battery. Stand S23 — Smith Flow Control Ltd., Beijing, China

www.smithflowcontrol.com

 

A selection of pumps for handling viscous fluids

This company is launching the new extrex EA, a localized extrusion pump suitable for most extrusion applications, delivering a differential pressure of up to 200 bars. The pumps are assembled in the company’s new facility in Shanghai, and integrate key components, such as gears and bearings made in the company’s European facilities. Other popular pumps will also be exhibited, including the cinox and therminox self-priming, corrosion-resistant, heatable stainless-steel gear pumps. The company is also exhibiting models from its sister companies, including the Almatec E-Series plastic air-operated double-diaphragm (AODD) pump, which features a housing of polyethylene (PE) with an abrasion resistance 1.6 times higher than steel. It is also available in polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), as well as conductive PE and PTFE for explosion-proof conditions. Stand H7 — Maag Pump Systems, Oberglatt, Switzerland

www.maag.com

 

INEVO Technologies

If your plant is not performing, consider this engineering service

Launched in 2012, Process Care Solution is a service that provides a team of experienced engineers and other experts with knowledge and expertise in process engineering and project management, to rapidly provide solutions to problems that arise in day-to-day management of industrial plants. In addition to the team, the company has the tools needed for assessing a situation, including ultrasonic flow, temperature, energy, thickness and so on. Among the issues Process Care Solutions deals with are: audits and diagnostics, malfunctions, design calculations of equipment, optimization and reliability of processes, energy optimization; and qualification, validation and training. Stand G26 — INEVO Technologies, Caluire et Cuire, France

www.inevo.fr

 

Oschatz

Thermal treatment of residues with heat recovery

Regardless of whether one is producing acrylic acid, butanediol, tetrahydrofuran or other chemicals, residues will arise that need to be disposed of. This company delivers turnkey thermal utilization plants for these and other production facilities that ensure not only the residues are disposed of in a safe and environmentally sound manner, but also that recovers the waste heat for the production of power. The heat from the combustion process is recovered and used to produce steam, which can be used for process steam or transformed into electricity via a steam turbine. The company operates globally in the field of plant construction, energy recovery and environmental technology. With more than 160 years of experience, the company is a market leader for waste-heat recovery systems in iron and steel metallurgy, non-ferrous metallurgy, environmental and chemical technologies. Stand G18 — Oschatz GmbH, Essen, Germany

www.oschatz.com

 

Metering pumps that exceed API 675 performance standards

Wanner Pumps

The Hydro-Cell Metering Solutions line is comprised of six metering pumps ranging in capacity from 0.32 to 894.6 gal/h (1.21 to 3,386.4 L/h), with pressure ratings from 50 to 2,599 psi (3.4–172 bars). These pumps use variable frequency-drive electronic-flow adjustment to maintain greater accuracy throughout the turndown range, thereby meeting or exceeding API 675 performance standards by providing steady-state accuracy of ±1% or better, linearity of ±3% or better and repeatability of ±3% or better, says the company. Five of the six models feature multiple diaphragm designs that virtually eliminate pulsations. A single Hydra-Cell pump can often achieve the same capacity as an ordinary triplex metering-pump arrangement, taking up less floor space and lowering both investment and maintenance costs, says the company. Stand O31 — Wanner Pumps Ltd., Kowloon, Hong Kong

www.wannerpumps.com

 

BSI PM Engineering



Equipment to blend, fill and ship powders and granulates

This company designs and manufacturers IBCs (intermediate bulk containers) and process equipment for the transport, handling and storage of powders and granulates, such as blenders, discharging stations, valves, lift columns, filling stations, transfer, dosing and weighing units, and more. IBCs are integrated into the production line as process units, in addition to systems for filling, discharging, dosing, transferring, handling and mixing at all stages of manufacturing. Hall H39, — BSI PM Engineering, Bobigny, France

www.ccpm-lmi.com


 

GEA Wiegand
MVR technology optimizes energy use of evaporation plants

The operating costs of direct, steam-heated evaporators can significantly be reduced by revamping with mechanical vapor recompressors (MVRs), according to this company. For example, a four-effect, directly steam-heated evaporation plant, designed for 30 ton/h of water evaporation initially had a heating steam requirement of 8 ton/h of live steam. By revamping and heating with MVR, the energy demand could be reduced to 760 kW — an operating-cost savings of approximately €1.3 million/yr (based on prices of approx. €30/ton of steam and €0.1/kWh and about 8,000 h/yr operation). With an investment of less than €1.5 million, a return on sales after only 14 months is expected, says the company. This technology could be of interest for existing, as well for new evaporation plants. At its stand in the German Pavilion, the company will have a demonstration of MVR technology. Stand A18 — GEA Wiegand GmbH, Ettlingen, Germany

www.gea-wiegand.com

 

Bokela

Filtration plants and systems for the CPI

This engineering company is presenting its range of filters and filtration plants for the chemical, food, biotechnology and environmental industries. For example, the Hi-Bar range of continuous pressure filters is said to offer new solutions for filtration, washing and dewatering of fine-grained suspensions. Working pressures range up to 15 bars (absolute). Hi-Bar plants are available with horizontal pressure vessels for large units, and as Oyster Filters with vertically opening vessels for smaller, challenging applications in the chemical, pharmaceutical and food industries. Other types of available filters include drum filters, with filter sizes of 0.5 to 125 m2; the Dyno Filter, a dynamic crossflow filter for ultra- and microfiltration that enables thickening of suspensions to “unmatched” high concentration and simultaneous washing; and the Boozer disc filters, which are mainly used in raw-materials sectors, such as alumina refineries, coal and iron-ore processing. Stand F6 — Bokela GmbH, Karlsruhe, Germany

www.bokela.com


M. Labbe

CPI equipment fabricated in France

Over the last 60 years, this manufacturer has been fabricating stainless-steel and nickel-alloy heat exchangers, reactors, distillation columns, evaporators, separators, condensers, and pressure and storage vessels. The company provides process-engineering solutions for operators in the chemical, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, cosmetics, and food-and-beverage industries as well as the nuclear-energy sector. The company’s team of engineers and technicians oversee the entire manufacturing process, from initial design to fabrication, testing and finishing. Stand G26b — M. Labbe, Tournan-en-brie, France

www.labbe-france.fr

 

Packing hot-melt PSAs and other tacky products

Eliminate costly silicon paper using this company’s co-extrusion machines for packing hot-melt pressure-sensitive adhesives (PSAs) and other tacky products. The hot melt is extruded through a nozzle, wrapped with a compatible protector, then pinched to form pillows and cooled. Pillows can be made with weights of 30–1,000 g. Capacities range from 250 to 2,000 kg/h. Stand H31 — JPB Industry, Olonne sur Mer, France

www.jpbindustry.com

 

Matsui Machine

Column internals for efficient separations

For separation columns, this multidisciplinary engineering company offers a high-performance random packing called Cascade Mini Ring, which is also available with a special surface treatment; and a high-performing structured packing MC Pack (photo), which has a specialized configuration. Liquid distributors are available for achieving high separation efficiencies. These products are most suited for aqueous liquid applications, as well as those with high surface tension and low liquid load, says the company. Stand N2 — Matsui Machine Ltd., Osaka, Japan

www.matsuimachine.co.jp

 

Concentration and evaporation plants for acids, alkalis and salts

This engineering company has experience with more than 200 evaporators and crystallization plants, such as caustic soda concentration in the chlor-alkali industry and various salts-crystallization processes in the CPI. The company also has broad experience in the recovery of acids containing different types of impurities — especially sulfuric acid from the production of titanium oxide or the “bleed acid” from copper refining. Among the process technologies offered are: sulfuric acid recovery, phosphoric acid purification, evaporation of acids, bases and organic and inorganic process liquors, and crystallization of inorganic salts. Hall O40 — Chematur Ecoplanning Oy, Pori, Finland

www.chematur.se

 

Tethys Instruments

Monitor water quality with both UV and VIS absorbance

The new version of this company’s on-line water analyzer UV500 is dedicated to process monitoring in the chemical industry. This analyzer is based on a 2,048-pixel, high-resolution spectrograph (0.29 nm) that covers both ultraviolet (UV) and visible (VIS) wavelengths. A 10.4-in. color touchscreen displays absorbance graphs with zoom capabilities. Measurements may be based on direct UV-VIS absorbance or on colorimetric methods. Stand G28 — Tethys Instruments, Meylan, France

www.tethys-instruments.com


This Taiwan supplier delivers equipment to the mainland

Established in 1985, this company offers a variety of pumps, filtration systems, heat exchangers (plate and spiral) and condensers. Chemical pumps with magnetic drives are available in both stainless steel and thermoplastics (PP, PVDF and ETFE). Gear, air-driven and metering pumps are also supplied. Stand H44 — Kung Hai Enterprise Corp., Kaohsiung, Taiwan

www.khai.com.tw


Swiss-made valves with a long tradition

With roots going back to 1908, this Swiss valve manufacturer offers a variety of knife gate valves, butterfly valves and penstock under the Wey brand. For example, the Wey Model VL is a high-performance, cast stainless-steel knife gate valve that provides zero leakage and bi-directional shutoff. This valve features mechanically retained seals, has a compact non-rising stem design, and can be repacked in service under full pressure. The chest and seating areas of the valve are self-cleaning. The reduced chest area, minimal gate arc, and contoured flushing corners in the body prevent jamming by eliminating material build-up in the chest, body and seating area. The gate seals against a combination metal and resilient seat and is guided for the full stroke length of the valve. The top “transverse” seal is re-packable while in service under full pressure. The VL is available in sizes from 2 to 36 in. Stand Q46 — Sistag AG, Eschenbach, Switzerland www.weyvalve.ch
Gerald Ondrey

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