Unlike most progressive industries, the chemical industry has relied on simple batch reactors and as such has not developed anything resembling lean production processes or competitive advantage. The technology currently being used to determine the primary production scale and output for most synthesis chemistry is still that of the mid-20th century. This lack of technological innovation ultimately determines throughput, quality and energy consumption, regardless of geographic manufacturing region.

Over the last 25+ years there has been significant time and energy expended on evaluating a more radical flow chemistry which promises much but comes with as many difficulties as it solves. These include inflexibility, new plant requirements, alternative process procedures and massive investments, to name a few.

There is, however, a more rational approach used by nearly every other manufacturing segment and that is to make the existing production process more productive, while retaining the basic infrastructure and process flow.

This webinar aims to show how changes in reactor system technology for current plant designs not only provides huge beneficial effects in overall chemistry batch production and quality but enables further down-stream beneficial thinking.
Andrew Wills
Managing Director / Founder – PTSC
As the Managing Director / Founder of PTSC (Process Technology Strategic Consultancy), Andrew has over 30 years of experience within Chemical, Pharmaceutical and Industrial engineered technology and solution environment. Andrew has a BSc in Mechanical Engineering as well as an extensive senior global management background in Sales, Engineering, Manufacturing and Financial Control.
Todd Pollack
Business Unit Leader, Engineered Systems – De Dietrich Process Systems
Todd joined De Dietrich Process Systems in 2002 and has served in both technical sales and as Business Unit Leader for the company’s Engineered Systems group. With a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from Michigan Technical University, and over 40 years of experience in project management, application engineering, and technical sales of batch reactor equipment/ systems, Todd possesses a wealth of knowledge and experience in the field of chemical and pharmaceutical process equipment design and operation.
Scott Jenkins
Senior Editor, Chemical Engineering Magazine
Scott Jenkins has been an editor at Chemical Engineering since 2009. Prior to joining CE, Scott worked in various capacities as a science journalist and communications specialist, reporting and writing on a variety of sectors, including chemical processing, biotechnology, pharmaceutical manufacturing and research policy. He also has industry experience as a quality assurance chemist and research experience as a synthetic organic chemist. Scott holds a bachelor’s degree from Colgate University, and a master’s degree in chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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