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distillation column 2D designDistillation Column Design Check

How do you successfully design a distillation column? Generally speaking, there are five major steps that have to happen in any industrial distillation column design:

  1. Vapor-liquid equilibrium analysis
  2. Establish column operating objectives
  3. Determine your operating pressure or vacuum conditions
  4. Conduct R/Dmin, Nmin and Feed stage estimation
  5. Determine the diameter and height of the column

Read how to complete each of these steps…

U.S. Manufacturing Exceeds Forecast and Leads to Increased Pilot Plant Production

EPIC Systems had seen an increase in inquires about pilot plant design and manufacturing. Not only has EPIC seen growth in 2013, but the month of August has shown the highest domestic manufacturing levels in over two years. Read more…

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Ask an Engineer: Should I Install Remote Access?

QuestionShould I add remote access to my blending operations for my automation provider? They keep telling me it will save me money in the long run but I’m not convinced it’s safe. Click hear to read the answer from Jason Baron, Automation Engineer…

BatchmixingcontrolsTrue Batch Controls Provide Flexibility for 100+ Evolving Formulations

A Fortune 500 company in the automotive components industry needed multiple industrial chemical mixing systems automated in their new facility. These chemical mixing systems create dips for automotive components.  This project included a multi-stage batch mixing system featuring 100+ recipes, a true batch control system integrated with Wnderware InBatch Software, a Class 1, Group D, Division 1 hazardous area and dual continuous process systems and various batch mixing systems. Read the full case study…

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Bottle inspection vision systemClear Crushed Bottle Inspection System

Identifying clear crushed bottles with a camera is a challenge without an experienced integration team. Translucent objects are difficult for camera lenses to “see” and crushed bottles do not take a predictable shape. EPIC solved this challenge for a recent client, with a custom bottle inspection vision system integrated into their existing production line.  The system is capable of handling clear, frosted and opaque bottles of varying sizes with a budget friendly solution. Read the full case study…

Machine Vision Sales Up 6%

Total machine vision sales in North America have been on the rise over the last year. In the second quarter of 2013 machine vision sales are up 6% compared to the second quarter of 2012.  According to the AIA, the industry’s trade group, the machine vision systems category, which includes ASMV (application specific machine vision) and smart cameras was the main driver for the growth of the industry. Read more…

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U.S. Manufacturing History Infographic

$1.87 trillion, that’s how much manufacturing contributed to US economy in 2012. Manufacturing is the backbone of the United States, and something our nation was built on. As a system integrator, we work with manufacturers everyday and are impressed by their can-do spirit & dedication to constant improvement. View infographic…

Packaging LineSemi-Automated Bottling Line Brings Flexibility with Reduced Cost

A Fortune 500 consumer products company was in need of a budget friendly bottling line that would be able to handle a range of bottles from sample size to refill size.This new line would bring contract manufacturing products in-house, complimenting existing high speed lines with a flexible low-speed line able to expand to bottle size offerings. Read about the core challenges faced during this project and how they were overcome by clicking here…

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Automating Packaging Line Quality Control

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Tired of having spilled product because of missing seals or crooked caps? What about missing labels or blistering? How much money are you wasting shipping empty packages or boxes? In the modern manufacturing environment, there are affordable automated packaging line quality control systems that can solve all of these problems. Read more…

Adding Value to a Custom Machine Build through Component Selection 

Creating a custom machine from a concept or idea can be a challenging feat. Even more challenging, is creating a custom machine that can be cost effectively reproduced. More often than not someone comes to EPIC with an idea for a machine that they hope, one day, will be implemented on a large scale. What they need is a proof-of-concept machine to validate their process. Read more…

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