Delta performed a FAT (Factory Acceptance Test) of a 300-liter Horizontal Paddle Dryer. This particular machine will be used as a pilot unit for API production. The dryer is made of stainless steel, has a vacuum and control system, and – most importantly – has an automatic opening system for its front door.
Delta recently completed an exciting project with our parent company, Polaris S.r.l. We developed a distillation column for which Polaris focused on the process while Delta focused on the mechanical solutions and provided necessary construction features.
This particular vessel produces an exceptionally pure solvent. It was constructed for a pool of international research institutes preparing an experiment on the makeup of the universe to discover matter structure. Part of the project focuses on the production of LinearAlkil Benzene (LAB) with a purity of 1x10E-15. That means that there is one particle of impurity per 1,000,000,000,000,000 of LAB particles!
LAB is a solvent that is used in the experiment as a scintillator. When pure and stressed by sub atomic matter structure particles, it releases a signal based on photons.
The plant where this column is installed is located in a cave, deep underground in order to avoid disturbance from cosmic microwave background.
Originally, the distillation column had been designed to minimize dead area and maximize cleanability (which is typical for the API market.) The construction followed particular procedures to allow for the lowest possible pollution of the internal volume of the vessels. Delta designed very special trays and distributors, and provided very high quality finishing (polishing + electropolishing) on the interior vessels’ surfaces. While this is typical for the API market, it is unusual for such complex geometry.
Delta Costruzioni Meccaniche strongly belives that customized high quality products are the key for the success.
To guarantee to our Customers a recognized quality system we keep updated our design and construction certifications. For this reason we have gotten the renewal of the Certificate of Authorization ASME U.
Delta Costruzioni Meccaniche has designed, manufactured, tested and delivered a complete pilot plant for reaction, filtration and drying composed by two reactors, suitable for hydrogenation process too, a nutsche filter dryer, a heating/cooling unit and control system.
The pilot plant is dedicated to the production of API and ingredients.
The machines are been designed satisfying the installation lay-out constrains of our Customer, an Italian leading Company in API production.