How to get even more value out of your Flowrence?
In Avantium we are focused on continuously improving our Flowrence platform to maximize precision and uptime. To this aim we have developed unique, Avantium designed modules, tailored for the needs in high-throughput experimentation. We now also want to make these improvements available for existing Flowrence users.
In this article the following upgrade possibilities are presented:
- Microfluidic distributor chips
- Active Liquid Distribution
- Reactor Pressure Control
The added value you will receive as a user is clearly highlighted for each upgrade option. For more information, please contact us to discuss your particular situation and possibilities.
Increasing your data quality and uptime with our microfluidic distributor chips
Gas and liquid feeds, can be efficiently distributed using our microfluidic distributor chips. This technology provides a very narrow distribution of feeds to the parallel reactors. Various types of chips are available to be able to cover a wide range of flow rates and feed properties. Each chip is manufactured according to strict specifications to guarantee the quality of the distribution. The replacement of the chips can be done in minutes, offering much more operational flexibility while still using the same reactor system. Compared to historical hand-cut-capillary based distribution systems, this new technology reduces maintenance efforts and ultimately increases your uptime significantly, while providing more consistent data.
Reach unparalleled precision with our Active Liquid Distribution system (ALD)
We have specifically developed the Active Liquid Distribution system (ALD) to serve the most demanding applications with the highest possible precision. The ALD works by individually controlling the liquid flow to each reactor such that it converges to the average over all reactors, thereby ensuring perfectly equal liquid feed distribution. The unique design is based on Avantium’s proven proprietary microfluidic glass chips therefore providing a highly accurate flow control. An added advantage is its auto-calibrating function, avoiding the need for time consuming tuning by the operator.
High accuracy for low pressure applications with our Reactor Pressure Control (RPC)
Our Reactor Pressure Controller (RPC) is based on Avantium’s proprietary’s microfluidic technology and will help you make maximum use of your unit by reducing the likelihood of pressure-related outliers.
It will also allow you to mitigate differences in pressure drop over the catalyst bed, particularly when restrictions form with time on stream. The extremely narrow inlet pressure control obtained at all time will greatly improve the flow distribution to the parallel reactors.
The module has been designed to work hand in hand with our TinyPressure modules combining microfluidic chip technology and individual reactor pressure measurement. The reactor inlet or outlet pressure is thus continuously monitored with the RPC adjusting automatically the back-pressure of each reactor providing a very precise pressure control for each reactor. This is particularly critical for low pressure applications, where high relative errors in pressure can have visible effects on catalyst activity and comparison.
It can be easily installed on existing parallel pressure regulators (PPR) and connected to already present TinyPressure modules. As an autonomous system which doesn’t require daily supervision this greatly enhances your precision while not compromising on uptime.