Even though the increase in alternate energy continues to change the landscape of the United States, the refining and petrochemical industries are still incredibly important. In fact, according to a story by CNBC, the petrochemical industry has seen a resurgence to the point that numerous plant openings have taken place. In total, $160 billion has been invested in this industry since 2012.
With this emergence comes the importance of maintaining safety and power levels for all of them. This is especially true for plant catalyst beds. Without these refineries working at top performance, creation and distribution slow down, and that means lost revenue for the industry. In addition to this, the risk increases for damage to property or to workers should the anything fail. Much of what is mentioned can be severely reduced with the use of a catalyst screening system.
In normal reactor operations, thermal swings, erosion, and ongoing operating pressures cause the creation of particle chips and fines. In addition, metal and other similar debris from ongoing processes can make their way into the catalyst bed. These smaller particles may gather while during the refining process and increase the pressure required from the inlet feed compressor. In addition, particles may also be diverted or channel the reactor feed through the catalyst bed.
To correct this and resume proper refining operations, the bed needs to be cleaned and a screening system needs to be applied. Numerous companies across the country, like Reactor Services International (RSI) work on these types of matters. They do this by either gently vibrating the catalyst or air washing it. This allows for easier and quicker separation of problem materials and keeps the area clean to maximize productivity.
If this is a product that interests you, start by looking at the companies in your area which produce these types of systems. In all probability, they will ask to come out to the refinery in order to measure the catalyst bed to determine the best screening system for its size and production volume. Between the quote they provide and the purchase, find out from other refining organizations in the area if the company you looked at is reasonable or if you should go somewhere else.