Polymerization

Particle Analysis of Polymerization Processes in Real Time!

Resources are becoming more scarce, ecological and regulatory demands on production processes are becoming harder, and access to relevant process parameters in real time is a challenge even for the most modern polymerization processes. For the measurement of the droplet size of a monomer or the aggregation of particle growth, SOPAT technology sets the new standard; with the help of the acquired data it is possible to influence the active process and thus control particle size and distribution. You thus receive direct insight into your equipment.

SOPAT delivers the first market ready technology for real time evaluation of polymerization processes in the area of suspension polymerization. It offers information over diverse process parameters in a comprehensible way from the drop size distribution of the monomer at the beginning of the process to the fluctuation range of the particle sizes during and after the initiation of polymerization.This allows for process monitoring of a new quality. With the available knowledge, outages and loss rates can be considerably reduced and product quality improved. You and your customers profit from these savings.

The installation of the SOPAT system reduces the disadvantages of taking samples to a minimum. The SOPAT system works completely insitu, and thus the process remains untouched. This reduces the possibility of exposure to toxins for your employees, as well as outages and delays due to testing. In order to fully understand the polymerization, it is essential to know the size distribution and shape of the suspended monomer droplets and solids. The service can happen in laboratories or industrial reactors, as well as pipes or other components.

Advantages of SOPAT particle analysis versus other monitoring techniques:

  • Time-saving and non-invasive Insitu analysis versusmore challenging, harder sampling
  • Particle characterization follows precise ISO standards (ISO 13322-1:2014)
  • Inline analysis occurs in real time
  • Probes are compatible with high temperatures and pressures 
  • Automatic in-process cleaning
  • Analysis of particle sizes and morphology in the original concentrations

The SOPAT system enables you to increase safety standards, to save time, money and resources, and to offer your customers a better product.

Examples:
Polyester, Polyvinylchloride (PVC), Polypropylene (PP), Polyethylene (PE), Polyurethane (PU), Polyamide