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Expanding access to real-time monitoring technology for polymer reactions

By Scott Jenkins |

A recently announced business collaboration between Fluence Analytics (Houston; www.fluenceanalytics.com) and Yokogawa Corp. (Tokyo, Japan; www.yokogawa.com) will significantly expand the availability of the latest generation of Fluence’s technology for continuous, real-time monitoring of polymerization processes. Under the agreement, the two companies will accelerate deployment of ACOMP (automatic continuous online monitoring of polymerization reactions), a device that can allow tighter control, improved product yield and reduced waste in polymer manufacturing, according to the two companies. “With polymer processes, handling the inherent variability in feedstock, equipment and operators, as well as the complexity of the molecules, is a difficult problem that can lead to out-of-specification products,” says Fluence CEO and co-founder Alex Reed. “This challenge has been vexing to solve with modeling and laboratory testing, which occurs with a time delay, so most of [the] time, manufacturers just have to hope the recipe holds up.” The ACOMP system (diagram) is designed to provide real-time information on polymerization reactions to enable adjustments to the process that will avoid out-of-specification products. The commercial…
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