The Initial Installation of a Reactor at Gellner Industrial
The initial installation of a reactor at Gellner Industrial began at the end of July and will continue for the next several months. Being installed in the plant is a 4,000 gallon jacketed reactor, a 2,500 gallon monomer mix tank, and a 600 gallon catalyst tank.
The 4,000 gallon reactor being installed at our plant has a dimpled jacket. The dimpled jacket has a pressure rated above the 90 psi steam that is supplied for heating. The internal pressure rating is also above the process pressures that the unit will see. An agitator is a trade secret that is specially designed for polymerization to provide optimal mixing with minimal shear. This reduces the amount of grit, the amount of filter bags used, and speeds up the processing time by reducing the time to filter a batch.
A 5 ton hoist with a height of 35 feet was used to lift the reactor in place. The reactor is of a lug mounted design, so it bolts into the mezzanine of the building. This provides safety considerations for personnel as opposed to leg mounted design. It also provides adequate clearance under the tanks for personnel to navigate and operate as needed in the plant.
The 2,500 gallon monomer mix tank is on weigh cells that are connected to Gellner Industrial’s digital control system for automated weighing of raw materials.