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MATRIC MATTERS: Leading the Pack in Advanced Software Technologies 

In an increasingly competitive industry, MATRIC continues to drive and support development opportunities for our employees that not only set themselves apart in the workforce, but set us apart from our competition. We are excited to share that our own, Vic Baker, has been awarded Google’s Professional Cloud Architect certification.  Google’s Professional Cloud Architect certification empowers individuals to [...]

MATRIC MATTERS: Ethoxylation

A customer had prepared small amounts of novel products derived from ethylene oxide in laboratory studies, but needed larger quantities of these materials. MATRIC installed a larger pressure reactor with process controls for safe operation. After thorough safety reviews, the reactor was successfully operated to prepare multiple samples on the kilogram scale. -- For more [...]

MATRIC MATTERS: Process Development and Continuous Pilot Plant

MATRIC, working closely with a technically sophisticated client, developed a highly energy efficient reactive absorption/desorption process for the removal of environmental contaminants from stack gases. After the client proved the basic reactive absorption/desorption concept with batch tests in lab glassware, MATRIC first demonstrated the key features of the process in simple and inexpensive bench scale equipment.  [...]

MATRIC MATTERS: Solid-Liquid Separations in Biomass Conversion

A company encountered difficulties in solid-liquid separations in a biomass-based process. A MATRIC team visited the pilot plant location and investigated the process. Samples of product streams were provided for study in MATRIC’s laboratories. After a short experimental project, MATRIC offered recommendations, which were implemented in the customer’s facility. The results were very successful, leading [...]

MATRIC MATTERS: Incident Investigation and Process Safety

An Australian company experienced two explosions in its chemical manufacturing unit and made contact with MATRIC for assistance. Within 10 days of initial contact, MATRIC had assembled a project team and sent a contingent to Australia. The root cause of the incidents was identified and a revised process with inherent safety and improved reliability was [...]

MATRIC MATTERS: Process Troubleshooting

A chemical manufacturing facility encountered a problem with unexpected impurities in the product causing it to fail specifications. A MATRIC team was assembled to investigate the problem. Operating records were inspected, process streams were collected for analysis, and analytical methods were developed to help understand the problem. When the likely cause of the problem was [...]

MATRIC MATTERS: Solid-Liquid Separations and Solids Characterization

A product obtained by crystallization had troublesome solid transport characteristics. The customer asked MATRIC for assistance in improving the operability of the process. MATRIC investigated the solid-liquid separation process and recommended the preferred approach, as well as an additional solids processing step. Finally, MATRIC recommended the most suitable solids transport technique. -- For additional information, [...]

MATRIC MATTERS: Oxidation Process Assessment

A customer operating a liquid-phase oxidation asked MATRIC for an assessment of the safety and performance of their process. MATRIC visited the production facility, reviewed the operating procedures, and discussed the chemistry with the customer’s team. MATRIC then provided recommendations on how to avoid operating in the flammable range and suggested improvements that could improve [...]

MATRIC MATTERS: Process Simulation, Reactive Distillation

A process concept was proposed that included a reactive distillation step. MATRIC created an Aspen model of the process and developed a design for a pilot scale installation to evaluate the process experimentally. After construction and commissioning, the reactive distillation was run under a range of conditions to compare the results with those predicted by [...]