Epic Systems, Inc. installed a set of two-phase batch and distillation process pilot plants for agribusiness company Argo Genesis on May 1. The project involved a new formulation that replaces an asphalt additive with a bio-base polymer. Epic helped Argo Genesis move from lab scale process to two full-scale pilot plants.
With the current formulation, the pilot plants will run solvents through the reaction-distillation process for 32 working hours to reach the desired formula. The hazardous properties of the solvents involved required special processing equipment to allow the process to run indoors. The two-phase batch-reaction-to-distillation process was delivered on May 1 and is currently undergoing on-site testing. While the bio-based polymer is the current use for the system, Argo plans to use the pilot modules for multiple applications in the future, according to Epic.
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