Thin Film Evaporation And Distillation Processes – What They Are And How They Work

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Thin film distillation system at InChem

Manufacturers use thin film evaporation to purify temperature-sensitive products. In this process, separation is created by a turbulent liquid film at the heat transfer surface of the evaporator. Known as “thin film distillation”, it occurs in specialized equipment that generates the film using intense mixing at the surface of the evaporator cylinders.

Where fraction is not required, thin film distillation is typically preferred for its high evaporation rate and shorter residence time resulting in less heat history. The process is also referred to as wiped film distillation. Along with a short residence time, this process offers low pressure drop configuration to enable the reliable and continuous processing of heat-sensitive, fouling or viscous materials without causing degradation.

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How to Select the Right Contract Manufacturer

Contract Chemical ManufacturerThe chemical manufacturing process can be costly and time-consuming if you do everything yourself. You have to think about buying, leasing, and maintaining equipment.   You also have to hire the right people for the job. For these reasons, companies turn to contract manufacturers to outsource critical chemical production activities.

When it comes to contract chemical manufacturing, you may choose to get in touch with skilled manufacturers like InChem who can more efficiently and quickly produce a product. Here are some tips for choosing the right contract manufacturer:

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Molecular Distillation Offers Many Benefits Using InChem’s Systems

Molecular distillation refers to a special type of short path distillation that is used to purify and concentrate a variety of chemicals ranging from complex and thermally sensitive compounds like polyunsaturated fatty acids and natural oils, to high performance silanes and isocyanate functional pre-polymers.

In a traditional ‘kettle’ distillation the entire product volume is subjected to heat and vacuum for extended periods of time.  This extended ‘cook’ time can cause many compounds to thermally degrade or develop undesirable color characteristics.

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Custom Chemical Manufacturing – What to Expect From the Best Manufacturers

Every chemical manufacturing facility has its core strengths and capabilities.  When new product lines with different requirements come along, it can be difficult to quickly adjust those capabilities in order to meet the demands of your customers.  Enhancing the capabilities of your plant can be costly, and time consuming.  It can also strain various business functions like your technical, production, HSE, and quality departments.

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Exploring the Benefits of Contract Manufacturing

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Every year companies spend billions of dollars in research and development of new products to serve specific purposes. As is the nature of research, there is usually no guarantee that the outcomes of such research will eventually justify the expenditure. If you do not have the right people, the right processes and the right equipment in place, then all that money could end up going down the drain with nothing to show for it. Contract chemical manufacturing provides the best solution to this problem.

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Where Should You Go for Toll Manufacturing Services

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Toll manufacturing can be a useful tool that you can use to ensure that your supply chain operates efficiently.  Toll manufacturing doesn’t just provide a way to manufacture your products, it can also help control costs. 

Toll manufacturers use your processes to manufacture your products.  So you can be sure that your customers will never see a decrease in quality.  You need to find the right people for the job.

InChem is one of the leading providers of toll manufacturing in the US, serving customers from many different chemical industries. Knowing some of the features that distinguish the best toll manufacturing services is essential to finding the right manufacturing partner for you.  What do you need to look for when searching for the right toll manufacturing service provider?

  • Look for a company that is committed to continuous improvement in all aspects of their business.
  • Look for a company that understands its areas of expertise.  Not all toll manufacturers are capable of safely handling compounds like sodium hydrosulfide, elemental sulfur, formaldehyde, organic peroxides or isocyanates.  A responsible toll manufacturer will be able to tell you up front whether or not they have the equipment, personnel, and safety procedures necessary to handle your materials safely.
  • Look for a company that understands the importance of protecting your valuable intellectual property.  Many companies can be uncomfortable when it comes time to engage in a technology transfer with a toll manufacturer.  You should look for a toll manufacturer that understands the importance of maintaining strict control over how your intellectual property is handled. 

Contact InChem to learn more using our online contact form or calling 1-800-331-7721.

 

Why Contract Manufacturing is the Way to Go in Chemical Mixing and Blending

Whether you are doing simple blends, or complicated multi-stage reactions, finding the right equipment and enough open production capacity to meet the demands of your customers can be a challenge.  In today’s environment, it is often more cost-effective to outsource your chemical mixing and blending needs to a competent and trusted toll or contract manufacturing partner.

So, what advantages could a toll or contract manufacturer bring to your supply chain?

    • The Plant: It may be difficult for you to handle your own chemical mixing, blending or reaction processes in-house. Every chemical process is different and has specific requirements. Some of these requirements you may be able to meet easily, but others will require excess capacity or a large capital investment to install new equipment. Outsourcing this production to a toll or contract manufacturer can help to mitigate many of these costs without sacrificing any of the health, safety, environmental and quality goals of your business.

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InChem Expands Quality Control Capabilities With New Lab and Equipment

InChem Quality Control LabInChem has invested in significant laboratory upgrades for purposes of focused efforts on customer responsiveness and satisfaction. Its Quality Control (QC) laboratory at its Rock Hill plant has expanded state-of-the-art equipment and new personnel. The lab, located on the upper floor of the West Plant building, also serves QC needs of the nearby Charlotte plant.

“Our purpose is to ensure that the quality of final products and incoming raw materials is in compliance with ISO 9001 standards,” said lab manager Daniel Vega. Key equipment acquisitions include:

  • A new Headspace GC, a gas chromatograph with greater capabilities to analyze a sample by incubating it, letting liquid evaporate into the headspace. This allows for lower limits of detection, especially helpful with highly volatile compounds.
  • A new Karl Fischer Metrotron, which provides moisture analysis and water content analysis.

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Effective Ways to Find And Choose Custom Chemical Manufacturers

There are many reasons why most companies hire custom chemical manufacturers instead of setting up their own chemical production units. For starters, it saves money for the company hiring toll manufacturers since they already have a fully-equipped production facility. As a customer, your company can take advantage of this capability at affordable prices, as compared to setting it up on your own and dealing with the operating costs.

Another one of the major reasons why companies like to hire toll manufacturers is that it is also far more safe and time-efficient since the toll manufacturing company has all the latest safety and quality measures set in place. If you want to hire custom chemical manufacturers for your project, here are 3 effective ways to do so easily:

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Anthony LaRocca Named Manufacturing Manager For Rock Hill

InChem has named Anthony LaRocca Manufacturing Manager for the Rock Hill facility, effective immediately. He will be responsible for all operational activity at Rock Hill after completing a transition period with Kaushik Vashee, current site manager. Moving forward, Vashee will serve all three InChem sites as VP of Technical and Engineering.

“Anthony brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table, and we are very excited to have him here,” said Jon McCracken, InChem COO. “His focus will be in three key areas for providing support with operational training, first batch quality and inventory management.”

LaRocca is a graduate of the University Pittsburgh School of Engineering, where he received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering. He has over 11 years of success and contributions as a leader in fast-paced production environments, working his way up from Shift Engineer to Production Manager to VP of Operations. He has effectively managed major projects and programs of business while consistently meeting all timelines and working with stringent budgets.