Multi-Skid Process System for a New Time-Release Fragrance Technology

With an aggressive timeline, EPIC designed and fabricated a multi-skid system for manufacturing a consumer fragrance involving oil encapsulation into a polymer. This tricky, delicate process required combining multiple batch-blending modules into one system.

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Project Summary

  • Industry: Speciality Chemical
  • Division: Process Systems
  • Application: Batch Mixing and Reacting

System Features

  • Five batch blending modules integrated together as one system
  • System designed to encapsulate oils into polymer
  • One clean-in-place (CIP) module system
  • Modular system designed to support international shipping requirements

Engineering Challenges

  • Precise blending abilities for molecular-level encapsulation
  • Prioritize formula conservation and integrity
  • Project had to meet an expedited design-build schedule
  • Efficient breakdown and minimal on-site reassembly, while fitting in ISO containers for international shipping

Project Impact

  • Scaled a lab-sized model into a full commercial system
  • Delivered on time and under budget
  • Expanded product capabilities to end-users
  • Delivered system to comply with local codes

The Epic Solution

EPIC designed and fabricated a multi-skid system for manufacturing a consumer fragrance involving oil encapsulation into a polymer. This tricky, delicate process required combining multiple batch-blending modules into one system.

EPIC scaled up the new time-release fragrance technology and fabricated two multi-skid batch
blending systems.

One skid included a Clean-in-Place (CIP) module that was installed and integrated at a different location within the client’s facility. The CIP module worked in sync with specific single-flow, self-priming Bornemann Pumps that were integrated on the batch skids to meet sanitary and sterilization qualifications.

Using these pumps and other components integrated by one of EPIC’s process project managers, these batch skids were capable of changing out and producing multiple fragrance formulas.

A major engineering challenge for this project was to deliver the skids to different plants in Europe and Southeast Asia. Both systems were designed to fit within limited shipping space and for simple reconstruction upon arrival at their new location.

Prior to shipping, the completed modular batch blending skids were disassembled, securely shipped under ISO container restraints, and then successfully reassembled and installed on location. After successful start-up, EPIC demonstrated the new process in full production before fully handing off production to the client.

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