BATCH REACTORS: THE CONTROLLED AND SAFE PRODUCTION OF RESINS, POLYMERS, SURFACTANTS

Batch reactors are the very fundamental process units used for the preparation of a vast majority of chemical raw materials, polymers, additives, intermediates, surfactants used in all sectors of industry. Examples are: paint & coatings, adhesives & sealants, construction chemicals, textile, cosmetics, pharma, personal care, etc.

 A batch reactor is a much more sophisticated process machine compared to an agitated vessel or a mixers.  It consists of a equipment where specific chemical transformations (syntheses) occur in a controlled way.

Article by MM on Asia Pacific Coating Journal - December 2014   [.....]

ETHO-PROPOX REACTORS: THE STATE OF THE ART

Polyethoxylation and polypropoxylation are necessary to prepare nonionic surfactants and many other types of products. The starter (ROH) in the synthesis of a nonionic surfactant could be: a fatty alcohol, an alkylphenol, or a fatty acid, i.e., a hydrophobic molecule containing a polar group with an active hydrogen.  Ethoxylation and/or propoxylation reaction are carried out in industry in (a) gas-liquid stirred batch reactor SBR, (b) venturi loop reactor VLR, (c) spray tower loop reactor STLR. Training by MM, Bangkok 2014 [.....]

CHEMICAL HAZARDS

Many industrial chemical processes involve exothermic (heat generating) reactions.

Uncontrolled or runaway reactions can occur as a result of various situations, such as mischarged raw materials, failure of a reactor's cooling system, control systems,  or the presence of contaminants. If the heat generation exceeds the reactor's ability to remove it, the reaction can accelerate - or run away - and cause the temperature and pressure to increase. A sudden energy release from such an uncontrolled reaction has the potential to harm workers, the public, and the environment. Selection of CSB's investigations - VIDEOS [.....]

AGITATION, MIXING & DISPERSION

Though often confused, agitation, mixing, dispersion are not synonymous. Agitation refers to the induced motion of a material in a specified way, usually in a circulatory pattern inside a vessel. Mixing is the random distribution, into and through one another, of two or more initially separate phases. Dispersion is when solid particles are merely suspended in a liquid..[.....]

Conference and training by MM , Bangkok 2013 

GLOBAL POLYURETHANE MARKET FORECAST (2019 - 2026)

Global Polyurethane Market is estimated to grow with approx.6.50% CAGR during the year 2018 – 2026:

by End User (Furniture and Bedding, Building and Construction, Automobiles, Footwear, Electrical and Electronics and Other Markets) by Products (Flexible Foam, Rigid Foam, Elastomers, Adhesives and Sealants, Coatings, Other Materials), by Type (Thermoplastic, Thermosetting) & by Geography- Regional Trends & Forecast to 2026.

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PU ADHESIVES & SEALANTS FOR AUTOMOTIVE  - CHINA & THAILAND (2019 - 2026)

Adhesives & sealants are products where polyurethane has been successfully used since decades, and will certainly be used for the next decades to come. I this sector, an import role is played by one-component moisture curing PU (1CPU). In this article we will try to present a synthetic market landscape, and future trends, of 1CPU adhesive sealants in China and Thailand, specifically for Automotive and Construction applications.

Article by MM,  Polyurethane Adhesives & Foam Magazine, Sept 2018  [.....]

WATERBORNE POLYURETHANE DISPERSIONS FOR PERFORMANCE COATING: CHINA & THAILAND (2o19 - 2026

Over the past few decades, waterborne polyurethane dispersions (PUD) have developed a solid reputation for high performance applications, particularly in the field of coatings.

Article by MM,  Polyurethane Adhesives & Foam Magazine, PUTECH ASIA 2019 - BITEC BANGKOK [.....]

LIFE CYCLE ASSESSMENT OF WATER BASE COATING SYSTEMS IN THAILAND - ISO 14040 "GREEN PRODUCTS"

For many years, the concepts of sustainable development and sustainability have been the exclusive territory of the Western richest countries, such as Europe and North America. Only those so-called developed countries were able to develop business under a new spot light, "the green light". Although the vast majority of directives, restrictions, standards and regulations concerning the use of solvents, of biocides and other substances considered harmful to humans and the environment are mainly European and American based, nonetheless they are having a significant impact on Southeast Asia countries. 

Article by MM and Chulalongkorn University, on Asia Pacific Coating Journal - October 2012 [.....]

APPLYING ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY COATING SYSTEMS ON WOOD: A SIMPLE  ANALYSES ON THE VOC IN WORK PLACES (SOLVENT BASE VS WATER BASE)

Solvents are liquids that have the property to dissolve and keep in suspension the basic materials that constitute a paints, such as main polymers, binders, additives, pigments, without changing their chemical properties. Beside of this important function, solvents present also very aggressive chemical properties, which makes them harmful for humans and wild life.  Today new formulations are possible using new species of polymers that utilize water as the main carrier, in additions to very small quantity of co-solvents, as low as 3 - 5 %.

Article by MM on Asia Pacific Coating Journal - August 2014 [.....]

HOW AN OIL REFINERY WORKS - SHELL OIL HISTORIC FILM

This amazing video was made in the 1950's by the Shell Oil Company, "Refinery Process" goes behind the scenes at a huge oil refinery and can show in an incredible easy way how crude oil is transformed into finished products..

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"NO EMPLOYEE - NO FAMILY SHOULD HAVE TO WONDER WHETHER TODAY WILL BE A SAFE DAY AT THE WORK PLACE". "8 April 2017, Workers Memorial Day 2017. 

We Asiantech, as designers of chemical plants that may be sometime dangerous, we have always felt within ourselves the responsibility to build ever safe systems that can create new jobs and that can never in any case cause any harm to people and the environment. We are pleased to report the message from Vanessa Allen Sutherland, Chairman of the Chemical Safety Board. [....]