Equilibar has gathered a strong team of fluid control experts who are happy to share their knowledge and experience.Please let us know if you have a fluid control question you would like one of them to address by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org
How does a dome-loaded regulator work and what are the advantages?
By Jeff Jennings
Jeff Jennings, PE, is president of Equilibar and inventor of Equilibar’s patented fluid control technology. He has experience in the chemical, nuclear, materials, and coatings industries. For the past 20 years, he has specialized in complex fluid control. In this extensive article for Water Technology Magazine, Jeff explains how a dome-loaded regulator works and reviews the differences between a pressure reducing regulator and a back pressure regulator. Two case studies demonstrate possible advantages.
How do I control the flow of a non-positive displacement pump using a BPR?
By David Reed
David Reed is vice president of operations for Equilibar and has more than 30 years of experience in the pressure control industry. His practical videos demonstrating fluid control technology have attracted a strong following on YouTube. In this video, David explains how a BPR can be used to control the flow of a non-positive displacement pump and when an engineer should consider this option. While the video uses an Equilibar back pressure regulator to illustrate the method, almost any BPR would work in a similar fashion.
Why is vacuum drying used for API (active pharmaceutical ingredient) manufacturing?
By Diane Jacober
Diane Jacober earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Dartmouth. She has years of experience in the United States and abroad, working as a process engineer and project engineer for several companies, including DuPont. At Equilibar, she has written technical content explaining many issues, including flow chemistry and pharmaceutical manufacturing. In this blog, Diane explains some of the complexities involved in API manufacturing and how vacuum drying is often a good choice.
How does pressure control interact with flow control?
By Jeff Jennings
After working in fluid control for more than two decades, Jeff Jennings has observed and explored the relationship between pressure control and flow control in depth. He wrote a comprehensive story for Flow Control Magazine explaining how innovative developments over the past 20 years have resulted in new ways of taking advantage of the interaction between flow and pressure control. Pharmaceutical, fine chemical, agrochemical and other industries have accelerated the conversion from batch-style reaction kettles to inline blending and continuous reaction flow chemistry. Read here: The interaction between flow and pressure control.
What precautions are required when working with oxygen?
By Mitch Spronck
Mitch Spronck is a chemist and account manager for Pressure Control Solutions, a strategic Equilibar partner located in the Netherlands. He and his colleagues have become known for their innovative approach to fluid control for cutting edge research applications. In this entertaining blog post, Mitch explains the combustion triangle and the specific hazards of working with oxygen in environments where stainless steel is involved. He provides useful tips for safely working with oxygen, especially when pressure is part of the equation. He also gives suggestions for other types of material to consider for use with oxygen in industrial processes.
What are the best ways to provide chemical vacuum control?
By Jeff Jennings
Modern vacuum processes have had an impact on the world that is difficult to overstate. The manufacturing of smartphones, solar panels and silicon chips would not be possible without vacuum technology. In recent decades, the use of vacuum technology for chemical processes has also become more important, specifically for pharmaceutical, research, food, and environmental efforts. Due to harsh chemistries as well as additional complexities, chemical vacuum control often requires an alternative approach beyond conventional valves and regulators. In this article for Processing Magazine, Jeff Jennings discusses innovative options.
What options exist for nonconventional fluid control problems?
Many industrial and laboratory processes today involve computer automation, widely fluctuating flow rates, wide pressure ranges, temperature extremes, phase changes and aggressive chemistries. These challenges often require system designers to consider alternative approaches that go beyond traditional spring-loaded valves and other manual devices. In many cases, dome-loaded diaphragm regulators and valves offer a good solution. Equilibar engineers enjoy working on difficult scenarios that have not been solved with conventional approaches. If you have a question about fluid control processes, email email@example.com. If we don’t have the answer, we will work to find one.
Earlier this month, I got a nice surprise in the mail—a plaque from the Federal Laboratory Consortium recognizing Equilibar’s collaboration with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) to develop emergency ventilator technology. The plaque brought back many memories. Just one year ago, as COVID was quickly becoming an international crisis, the Equilibar team was working long Read More