Consistently producing a unique balance of properties for fine and specialty chemicals is an ongoing challenge for manufacturers. Traditional batch processing techniques have been proven over decades of use, but may have efficiency, quality control and safety shortcomings that could be particularly troublesome in specialty chemical production.
Chemical engineers have long recognized that continuous flow processing is an efficient and cost-effective alternative to batch processing. Until recently, continuous processing mainly worked in laboratories that needed to produce small volumes of chemicals for testing and product development.
That changed when Corning developed its Corning® Advanced-Flow™ reactors to take continuous flow processing out of the laboratory and onto the production floor. Employing its more than 160 years of experience in materials science and process manufacturing, Corning created industrial-scale reactors that can provide continuous process production capacity of up to hundreds of kilograms per hour for pharmaceutical chemicals, base chemicals, and fine and specialty chemicals.