CHINA – Corning Incorporated teams in China and France recently delivered a shipment of Corning® Advanced-Flow™ Reactors to a customer in China, to enable efficient production of their air disinfectant, peracetic acid (PAA).
“Our teams responded quickly to meet this urgent need, executing within days instead of the usual weeks or months it can take to design, make, ship and implement production-scale systems,” said Dr. Yi Jiang, president & general manager, Corning Advanced-Flow Reactor Technology Co., Ltd. “We recognized our technology and global supply chain system could make a difference in this case due to its robust materials and flexible module reactor design, as well as its ability to quickly scale-up from lab to production.”
Corning Advanced-Flow Reactors enable incorporation of hazardous chemicals with less risk as compared to conventional batch production systems. Corning’s Advanced-Flow Reactor Technology is recognized as an inherently safer technology enabling the use of hazardous materials and intense reactions, particularly at industrial production scale.
Corning Advanced-Flow Reactors also offer improved heat-transfer and mass-transfer as compared to batch reactors, as well as narrow residence time distribution, all of which enable excellent process efficiency (reaction times of a few seconds with Corning Advanced-Flow Reactors versus several hours in batch reactors) and yield higher quality products with better performance.
Additionally, the continuous, small holdup and footprint of Corning Advanced-Flow Reactors give customers the ability to seamlessly and quickly scale-up from lab to industrial production. In this case, the customer team executed process development in the lab in a matter of days using Corning Advanced-Flow Reactors, then continued making PAA solution at 6 tons per day with the same reactor system to meet urgent demand. Corning Advanced-Flow Reactor teams continued to work closely with the customer team over the course of two weeks to scale-up production to 50 tons per day using the Corning Advanced-Flow Reactor system for industrial mass production.
The customer project leader praised Corning's rapid delivery and effective technical service. "From the installation of the laboratory platform reactor in the middle of January to the rapid delivery of the industrial equipment, it was less than a month ago, which greatly surprised us."
This recent customer collaboration demonstrates Corning’s unique ability to respond quickly to market and customer needs to help them realize the benefits of Corning Advanced-Flow Reactors, including faster time to market, increased production yields, higher product quality, and enhanced plant safety.